Milwaukee Truck Accident Lawyer
Have you or someone that you love suffered serious injuries or property damage in a Milwaukee truck accident that was caused by a negligent truck driver?
With a proven track record of results, the Milwaukee truck accident lawyers at PKSD have the experience and determination to fight for your MAXIMUM compensation amount. Attorney M. Angela Dentice - a partner of our law firm - is a founding member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America and also the first woman President of the Wisconsin Association for Justice.
To pursue a damages claim, call us today toll free at 877-877-2228. There are no upfront costs and your initial case review is free of charge.
What To Do After An Accident
The scene following a truck accident can be very confusing for most people - smashed glass, dented metal, smoke, fire, sirens, flashing lights and other distractions can be difficult to ignore.
However, if you are able to, it's important to obtain as much information from the scene of the accident to help ensure that the events are recorded accurately. This is important as people often remember events differently - especially as time passes.
With that in mind, some important tips to remember include:
- Stay calm
- Check for injuries
- Call 9-1-1
- Exit your vehicle and remove yourself from the accident
- Use your cell phone to take photos of the scene
- Text yourself the contact name, email and phone number of any witnesses
- Do NOT sign anything
- Do NOT provide any of your insurance policy limits to other drivers
- Do NOT admit fault in the accident
- ONLY provide information about the accident to the Police at the scene
- Contact a lawyer to discuss your options
If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by a negligent trucker but are unsure if you have a claim, we offer FREE consultations and can help to review the details of your incident to determine if you have sufficient grounds to file a lawsuit.
Obtaining The Crash Report For Your Accident
In Wisconsin, accident victims are eligible to obtain the crash report by contacting the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. There is a small fee required along with providing some information about the crash and also about yourself - the accident victim.
Lawsuit Filing Time Limits in Wisconsin
In the state of Wisconsin, there is a three year statute of limitations for truck accident compensation claims. This information is based on Wisconsin Statutes Section 893.54 and means that if you have been injured in a truck accident - and that accident was not your fault - you have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim.
Should you decide to pursue a compensation claim, we recommend that you consult an experienced attorney to help explore each detail of your specific incident. When filing a claim, you will need to provide sufficient evidence to support your claim.
In the state of Wisconsin, there is a three year statute of limitations...
Two of the most important areas are:
- Proving that the other driver caused the accident (either in part or completely)
- The injuries that you sustained were the direct result of that collision
After speaking to a lawyer for guidance, you may also want to file an insurace claim shortly after your accident. The reason for this is because firstly, it established a record that the incident occurred while secondly, many insurance companies have very specific deadlines for those that wish to file an insurance claim. As time can pass quickly, you may forget or be rushed into providing information that is inaccurate.
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Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Due to the amount of hours that drivers typically spend behind the wheel, truckers have a much greater risk of being involved in a serious collision.
Unfortunately, despite many drivers being overworked, most serious collisions are the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver and could have been prevented.
Listed below are some of the most common causes of serious truck collisions:
- DUI/DWI - The National Institute on Drug Abuse conducted a study in eight states of 168 fatally injured truck drivers over one years time. The results showed that one or more drugs was detected in 67% of these fatally injured drivers and 33% of these drivers had detectable blood concentrations of psychoactive drugs or alcohol.
- Truck driver fatigue & unrealistic schedules - Driver fatigue, drowsiness and driver distraction are conditions that result in reckless behavior such as failure to maintain lane position and leaving the roadway. Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration instituted new regulations to combat truckers problems with fatigue, the U.S. Transportation Safety Board still faults driver fatigue as a probable factor in 20-40% of truck crashes.
- Aggressive driving behavior & tailgating -Trucks need a greater stopping distance than other vehicles. If there is not enough stopping distance between a car and a large truck, the car risks being involved in a rear-end collision.
- Driving in conditions of poor visibility due to fog, snow, rain or smoke - When large trucks travel through hazardous conditions, the odds are drastically increased that tractor-trailer accidents will occur. Extreme winds can push semis and their trailers all over the roadway making safely maneuvering the vehicle even more of a challenge. Foggy conditions can also make it difficult not only for truck drivers to see whats in front of them, but for other drivers to see the truck. Regulations force truck drivers to pull off the roadways when severe weather makes it unsafe for them to travel.
- Failure of tires, brakes, tarps, load restraints and lights - Defective truck parts can lead to tragic accidents by affecting the drivers ability to maintain control of his multi-ton vehicle. Also, if certain safety products designed for trucks are not in proper working order, such as warning lights, an oncoming driver may not see the truck and ultimately collide with it or another vehicle nearby. Inspection and maintenance of tires, lights, and braking systems is vital to ensure the safety of large trucks on our roadways. Failure of a trucks braking system is one of the most common causes of collisions with commercial vehicles.
- Overloaded, Unbalanced load and Improperly-loaded trucks - Overloaded cargo, or cargo that is not loaded according to regulations, can cause a serious semi-truck accident in a number of ways. The cargo could add so much weight to an already over-sized truck that it causes top-heaviness, increasing the risk of jackknifing or overturning around curves. Overloaded or improperly-loaded cargo can potentially shift while in motion. In such cases, objects on the truck may be more inclined to fall off, dropping debris in the middle of the roadway or even falling directly onto another vehicle. No matter the size of debris, these hazardous objects create sudden roadway obstructions that can force other drivers to make quick and dangerous maneuvers to avoid them potentially leading to multi-vehicle accidents that frequently result in serious injury or death.
- Failure to account for vehicles in blind spots - Tractor-trailer trucks need to swing wide to the left in order to negotiate a right turn. When truck drivers make wide right turns; they are often unable to see smaller vehicles directly behind or beside them. Additional blind spots are located around the front, back and sides of the truck. When a car is in one of these blind spots, the truck driver is usually unable to see it. At these times, a large truck could turn into a passing car or squeeze a car between the trailer and the curb resulting in a potentially fatal injury.
Contact our Truck Accident Attorneys
If you have been involved in a truck accident in Wisconsin, it is important to hire a respected personal injury law firm to protect your rights and help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
At the law offices of PKSD, our experienced personal injury attorneys conduct a full investigation into the accident and work with insurance representatives to obtain significant settlements for our clients.
Attorney Jeff Pitman - a co-founding partner of the firm - has been practicing law for more than 20 years and is a member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
If you are in need of a Wisconsin truck accident attorney, contact PKSD for your free consultation at 877-877-2228. We are located nearby the Milwaukee Clerk-Circuit Court and there are no upfront costs if we handle your claim.