Truck Accident Lawyer
In a Wisconsin truck accident case, if the truck driver acts recklessly or in intentional disregard of your rights, you may also be able to recover punitive damages as well as your regular damages.
If you’re involved in a Wisconsin truck accident, there are alternatives to going to court. A case may be settled before a suit is filed. Even if a suit is filed, you may go to an arbitration or more likely a retired judge or an attorney with experience in that area uses his persuasive authority to try to get the case settled.
In Wisconsin truck accident cases, there are no really special rules that apply to whether they are at fault or who caused the accident. The rules in terms of negligence or fault are the same as car drivers and trucks. However there may be specialized rules that are prescribed by the federal government in terms of how long truckers can drive and are they following all the rules and regulations required of them.
Can I be found to have been partially at fault for my injuries caused by a Wisconsin truck accident?
In a Wisconsin truck accident, both drivers can be found at fault. Wisconsin is a comparative negligence state which means they compare the fault of both of the drivers. As long as you are less at fault, you can recover for your injuries.
If you’re injured by an accident caused by a trucking company, you can sue both the driver of that truck, the trucking company itself, as well as its insurance company in Wisconsin.
After a Wisconsin truck accident and dealing with the other company’s insurance company, you are not required to give them a statement or give them a lot of information. The information that you should give them is just the basic information and then after that you should contact an attorney to get advised of the rights you have in dealing with that particular accident.
If you’re involved in a Wisconsin truck accident injury case, you can settle that case within three years. Otherwise you must file a suit within three years to make sure you complete the statute of limitations requirements.
In a Wisconsin truck accident case, it’s best to contact an attorney as soon as possible. There may be investigation that is required and an attorney can hire appropriate investigators to take photographs and investigate the particular case to determine the relative fault of each driver. An additional advantage is then the injured person does not have to deal with the insurance company, the attorney takes on that burden which is a relief to most people.
I haven't been able to work since my car was hit by a truck in Wisconsin. Can I get compensation for that?
If you’re involved in a Wisconsin truck accident you can receive your loss of pay for the time you are off work. If the injury is permanent and you may have some future loss of wages, you may also recover for those future loss of wages.
I made a statement and signed an accident report for the trucking company. Does that mean I do not have the right to recover?
If you’ve been involved in a Wisconsin truck accident and you signed a statement for the trucking company that does not necessarily mean you don’t have a case. You still have to compare the fault of the other driver against your fault and in Wisconsin if you are less at fault than the other driver, then you can still recover.
If a person dies as a result of a Wisconsin trucking accident, yes a claim still can be pursued. The personal representative of the deceased person can make a claim for the individual losses, the spouse or children can make a claim, and the parents also may have a claim.
If you’re injured by a truck driver in a Wisconsin accident, ordinarily the truck driver, assuming is at fault, they are going to ultimately be responsible for your medical expenses. However you may not be able to obtain them from the trucking company’s insurance company right away. Under those circumstances you should have your health insurance company pay for the medical expenses or the medical payments provision under your own insurance policy pay those expenses.
If I do not know the full extent of my Wisconsin truck accident injuries, should I still contact a lawyer?
Even if you don’t know the full extent of your injuries in a Wisconsin truck accident, it is still advisable to contact an attorney right away. One because there may be an investigation that needs to be done right away and two the attorney can help deal with the doctors and get the information necessary to determine the extent of your injuries, whether or not it is permanent so you can get fair compensation for what happened to you.
If you’re involved in a Wisconsin truck accident it is not ordinarily a good idea to accept the first settlement from the insurance company. You should talk to a lawyer to see what is fair compensation. This is because insurance companies would like to settle early and settle at a low amount and you are not going to be fairly compensated. A lawyer can help you get fair compensation for your injuries.
If you’re injured in a Wisconsin truck accident case, there is no limit to how much you can recover. You can recover money for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and disability.
If the truck driver that hit you had no insurance, you can still sue the owner of the trucking company, you can sue the driver of the truck for his personal assets, or you can sue your own insurance company for the uninsured motorist coverage that is provided.
If you’re involved in a Wisconsin truck accident, even though you had no insurance that has no impact on whether you can recover from the other driver. You still compare your fault to that of the other driver and if the truck driver is more at fault, you still recover.
If the police said you were at fault in a Wisconsin truck accident, that does not necessarily mean that you don’t have a case. Wisconsin is a comparative negligence state which means that you compare the fault of each driver. If the jury finds that you are less at fault, you can still recover.
If the truck driver in a Wisconsin accident was impaired or fatigued, that may be a factor in determining how much he is at fault. If he was intoxicated to a certain level, that may allow you to get punitive damages along with the ordinary damages you receive.
If a truck driver in Wisconsin had been drinking before he hit you, certainly that is a factor in proving he’s at fault for the accident. It also may allow you to get punitive damages because his conduct may be reckless or violate the punitive damages law.
What should I bring to the initial consultation with my attorney in a Wisconsin truck accident case?
If you’re involved in an accident in Wisconsin involving a truck, when you first contact an attorney you should bring him as much information as possible including the police report, the names of the driver, the name of the trucking company, and any medical information you already have including names of hospitals and doctors where you’ve already been.
If you’re involved in a Wisconsin truck accident case and you’re hiring an attorney, you want to look for the experience of that attorney in handling injury claims, the experience in knowing the rules and regulations of truck drivers, and whether or not that attorney is board certified in trying lawsuits. At Lawton and Cates all the attorneys who handle lawsuits of this kind are board certified by our national organization.
In a Wisconsin truck accident injury or death case, the injured person obviously can sue and potentially the spouse or children can sue. If there is a death, the personal representative of the deceased person, the spouse and children, and in some cases the parents may have a claim.
Will I have to pay back my health insurance provider if I recover damages in a Wisconsin truck accid
If you’ve been involved in a Wisconsin truck accident case and your health insurance has paid for your medical expenses, when you recover you will have to pay them back what they have paid. However if you have an attorney, often he can negotiate a better result than you could get by yourself.
If you’re involved in a Wisconsin truck accident case and you come to Lawton and Cates, it will not cost you any money to pursue that case. We ordinarily will handle it on a contingent fee basis. We advance or pay for all the costs in investigation and court filing fees. And in the end we will get our fee if you recover as well as being reimbursed our expenses, however if there is no recovery, you do not pay any costs or any expenses for us handling the case.