Frequently Asked Questions About Motor Vehicle Accidents
Thousands of Wisconsin drivers are injured in car crashes each year. The aftermath of any accident can be confusing and overwhelming. At Lindner Law, LLC, our experienced car accident attorneys can relieve your stress. We have decades of experience and have helped our past clients recover millions of dollars.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions about motor vehicle accidents. If you have additional questions, contact us today to schedule a free case consultation. You can call us at 414-488-6870 or toll-free: 888-217-1625. For your convenience, we have offices in Milwaukee and Appleton.
Who is liable if you have been hit by a truck?
The contractual relationships between over-the-road truckers, the companies for which they haul goods, and the owners of the tractors and trailers are complicated. If you are hit by a truck driver who is employed by a company, the driver, the company, and the company’s insurer are all potentially liable. However, many drivers act as independent contractors. They may or may not have their own individual insurance.
Do I need to hire an attorney after a truck accident?
Truck companies have strong legal teams that are experienced at decreasing the relative degree of fault of their drivers. You need a skilled truck accident attorney who can investigate the complex factors involved in your crash, gather key evidence from the truck’s black box and advocate on your behalf. A truck’s black box contains data about the vehicle’s trip leading up to the crash. Trucking companies may try to recover and delete this information if you do not have an attorney who can step in and request access to this valuable data.
Accidents involving trucks can easily result in severe injuries due to their size. Our lawyers can help you pursue maximum compensation to cover your medical costs and any necessary long-term care.
Who is liable if I am in a rideshare accident?
Uber and Lyft require all their drivers to purchase at least the minimum insurance required by their state of residence. If the rideshare driver had their app on at the time of the crash and was in the process of picking up or dropping off a rider, Uber or Lyft might be liable for the accident damages. If the driver was not on duty, their personal insurance company may be required to pay damages. Our legal team will thoroughly investigate the particulars of your accident involving the driver of a ridesharing service to determine fault and liability.
What happens if I am hit by an uninsured motorist?
While all Wisconsin motorists are required by law to carry insurance, some still fail to do so. If you are hit by an uninsured motorist, your personal insurance coverage will cover your damages up to the limits of your coverage. In Wisconsin, insurers must provide a minimum of $25,000 in uninsured motorist coverage per person and $50,000 per accident for any bodily injuries the driver or one of their passengers might suffer.
What are the leading causes of motorcycle accidents?
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle collisions include:
- Cars making left-hand turns (this accounts for more than 40% of motorcycle crashes)
- Drivers failing to see bikers due to their smaller size
- Distracted or drunk drivers
Are Wisconsin motorcyclists penalized for not wearing a helmet?
No. Under Wisconsin law, most motorcyclists are not required to wear a helmet. You are only required to wear a helmet if you are under 18 or if you are driving with an instructional permit. If you were hit by another driver while you were not wearing a helmet, you can still file a personal injury claim to recover damages.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim after a car accident?
In Wisconsin, you have three years to file a personal injury claim after a motor vehicle accident. However, we recommend pursuing a claim immediately after a car crash. This allows your legal team to thoroughly investigate evidence and establish fault early on so no key information is lost.
I don’t think I was injured that badly. Do I still need to see a doctor after a motor vehicle accident?
Yes. Regardless of how you feel immediately after a crash, you should always seek medical evaluation. Some severe injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, may not be apparent for days or even weeks after the accident.
Do not be concerned about the costs of seeking medical care. We can submit those costs to be covered under your personal injury claim.
What is a fair settlement offer for a Wisconsin car accident?
It is impossible to estimate a fair car accident settlement without knowing the specific facts of a case. Multiple factors must be evaluated such as the extent of your injuries, medical and rehabilitation costs, property damage, ongoing care costs, lost wages, lost earning potential and your degree of pain and suffering.
An attorney at Lindner Law, LLC, can evaluate a fair settlement given your unique situation. Do not accept a settlement offer until you have had a lawyer evaluate whether it is in your best interests to do so. Call us at 414-488-6870 to discuss your case in a free consultation.