After being injured in a car accident in Milwaukee that was caused by a distracted driver, you’re confused and hurt. You’re physically unable to work, and the medical bills continue to accrue. At the Groth Law Firm, our Milwaukee car accident lawyers provide effective and compassionate representation of men, women and children who have been injured in car accidents in and around Milwaukee.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, distracted driving consists of any number of activities that take a driver’s attention off of the roadway. Those can consist of:
- Using a mobile or navigational device
- Changing radio stations or CDs
- Looking for something inside of the car
When we’re driving a car, we’re required to use three cognitive activities. Those are:
- Manual using your hands and feet
- Visual by keeping your eyes on the road
- Cognitive in keeping your mind on what you’re doing
Texting while driving
Keeping those cognitive activities in mind, it’s then clear that texting while driving is the most dangerous distraction. It requires a driver to take his or her hands off of the wheel and their eyes off of the road while concentrating on something a world away from driving. As per the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, if you take your eyes off of the road for five seconds to read or send a text message at 55 mph, you’re traveling the length of a football field. Anything can happen in front of you in those five seconds. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports that there were 24,089 distracted driving accidents in Wisconsin in 2015. Those accounted for 20 percent of all motor vehicle accidents statewide. That translates into a distracted driving crash occurring every 22 minutes in Wisconsin.
Pursuant to Wisconsin law, if you’ve been injured in an auto accident as a result of the carelessness and negligence of a distracted driver, you may have the right to obtain compensation for damages. Those may include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost earnings
- Any permanent disfigurement
- Any permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of a normal life
Preserving your rights
Sometime after the accident the opposing insurer might contact you and ask for a statement about how the crash occurred. Never give any type of a statement to an opposing insurer. Your under no legal obligation to give a statement, and it’s likely that the insurer will only try to use it against you in the future. Call us first. If we’re retained, you’ll never hear from that insurance company again.
If you were injured in a distracted driving accident, or if a family member perished in one anywhere in Wisconsin, contact the Groth Law Firm in Milwaukee at 877-375-7001. Consultations and case evaluations are free, and if you’re injuries don’t permit you to travel to us, we’ll come visit you. Don’t worry about having to pay a cash retainer. That’s because we don’t get paid until we obtain a settlement or verdict for you.