January 9th, 2014|
When individuals are seriously injured in motor vehicle collisions where the person responsible for the accident was not properly insured, they may seek compensation from their own insurer to cover their damages. The Appleton Car Accident Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz explain that such a case was recently heard in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, resulting in a $23,000 jury award.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in 2009, the victim was involved in a car accident with an uninsured motorist. The accident caused her to suffer a bulging disc in her neck caused by whiplash. She filed a lawsuit against her own insurer to hold them responsible for her damages.
During the trial, attorneys for the insurer conceded an award of $7,500 was justifiable. The plaintiffs, on the other hand, were seeking $18,000 for the victim’s medical bills and lost wages, along with “loss of consortium” damages for the husband. The jury ruled the victim would receive both punitive and compensatory damages, but her husband did not receive compensation in the award.
Our Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult it can be to overcome injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents. That’s why we hope the decision in this case helps bring a sense of closure to the victim and her family.
August 29th, 2013|
August 29, 2013
Distracted driving is becoming one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions in Wisconsin today.
The Appleton Car Accident Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz say the behavior was a contributing factor in a crash that left a local man injured last week. Reports indicate the crash happened at approximately 11:35 a.m. on Aug. 19 at the intersection of U.S. Highway 151 and Southwest Road in Grant County, Wisconsin.
According to an article from SW News, the 37-year-old driver of a 2014 Ford Mustang was driving along the road while texting on his phone. When he looked up, he was just yards from the rear of a truck hauling a load of manure. The driver did not have time to stop and slammed into the truck. He was later taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The accident highlights the serious risks that distracted driving can pose. That is why the law firm’s team of Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers is offering several tips to keep motorists safe.
First, when getting into a car, be sure to turn your phone off until reaching your destination. Motorists can utilize their phones’ voicemail and auto-response features to let others know they are driving and will respond when it’s safe to do so. If a call must be made while driving, pull over to a safe location before dialing.