Thousands of motor vehicle accidents happen on the highways of Wisconsin and Minnesota every year. Many times, these accidents are caused by the negligent acts of drivers. Too often, unnecessary injuries and wrongful death occur, simply because someone was driving too fast or failed to pay attention.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident, call Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik, at 888-784-3540, or contact our lawyers online.
Been in a Car Accident? Here's What to Do.
No one is prepared to be in a car accident. The moments after an auto accident are chaotic: a million thoughts race through your head. After the initial shock, you may wonder what you should do next. When you are involved in a car accident or other vehicle accident, here's what to do:
- No matter how minor the accident is, stop.
- Call the police.
- Check for injuries. If someone is injured, call 911 immediately.
- If the accident involved another vehicle, exchange contact information, vehicle identification information and insurance information with the other driver and all passengers.
- Document all the details of the accident, gather witness contact information and take pictures of the accident scene if you have a camera.
- Don't admit responsibility or fault for the accident to anyone.
- Notify your insurance company as soon as possible.
After a Car Accident, Do I Need to Call a Lawyer?
When a car accident or auto collision occurs, it a good idea to contact a lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected. Any accident can quickly turn into a complicated legal situation, depending on who is involved and what happened.
If the accident resulted in injuries, it is critical to contact a personal injury lawyer. Settling an accident injury claim with an insurance company is never a good idea - insurance companies will try to get away with paying as little as possible. Working with a lawyer can help you work toward maximum compensation that will help cover all the expenses related to the accident.
Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik features trained, experienced professionals who deal with insurance companies on a regular basis and handle car accidents of all types, including:
Automobile accidents are caused by many factors. You need an attorney on your side who deals with diverse situations and can represent your interests regardless of the cause, including accidents resulting from:
The injuries caused by car accidents are also diverse in nature and effect. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent because they take time to develop before symptoms appear. This is yet another reason why settling a claim with your insurance company too quickly is often unwise. Appropriate, timely medical testing is key to determining potential long-term outcomes that may require compensation. Among the many injuries sustained by car accident victims are:
Unfortunately, some car crashes result in fatality. When this occurs, a wrongful death action is necessary to seek compensation.
Since 1919, Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik, has been providing solid legal representation to people of La Crosse and the surrounding areas. We are committed to helping clients injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents.
If you or a loved one has suffered a car accident injury, truck wreck injury or other auto accident injury, contact us. Our toll free number is 888-784-3540.
Car Accident Lawyers Serving Rochester and Other Areas of Minnesota
Thousands of motorists are victims of accidents that occur along the roadways of Minnesota annually. Although Minnesota and Wisconsin share a border, the laws regarding claims for car accidents are different in each state. At Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik, we are well-versed in Minnesota law and our attorneys are licensed to practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Regardless of which state you call home, if you have been injured in a Minnesota car accident you need experienced legal counsel on your side.
If you were involved in a Minnesota car accident, contact a car accident attorney serving Rochester and other areas of Minnesota online or call 608-519-4788 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.
Minnesota and No-Fault Insurance
Generally, Minnesota requires that all personal auto policies contain Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, also known as no-fault coverage. PIP typically provides up to $20,000 for medical bills and an additional $20,000 limit for lost wages for everyone involved in the accident, regardless of who was at fault.
In addition, Minnesota generally requires the insurance company for an out-of-state driver to provide the same level of PIP coverage, even if that coverage is not required in the person's home state. PIP coverage will generally cover all individuals under the policy, even if the motor vehicle accident occurs outside of Minnesota.
Pain and Suffering and Other Damage Claims
Minnesota requires individuals to meet "tort thresholds" before a claim for pain and suffering or other damages may be brought. To meet this threshold, a victim or family member must prove that the accident either caused:
- Permanent injury
- Inability to work for at least 60 days
- Medical expenses of at least $4,000
Due to the complexity surrounding no-fault issues and meeting tort thresholds, it is important that you have knowledgeable counsel on your side. Our team of dedicated La Crosse personal injury lawyers can assist you with any Minnesota accident case no matter where you happen to reside.
Call for a Free Initial Consultation With a Winona, Minnesota, Auto Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Minnesota car or truck accident, contact our Wisconsin motor vehicle crash law firm online or call 888-784-3540 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.