The lawyers of Techmeier Law Firm work hard to pursue compensation for car accident victims and their families in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin.
Every case starts with a free consultation with one of our attorneys. This consultation allows us to learn about the facts of your case and explain the options you have as you move forward.
Our consultation will also allow you to get to know more about our legal team, including our experience and our approach to serving clients. You can use the consultation to ask questions such as the following:
Unfortunately, not all auto accidents lead to viable legal claims. An attorney who reviews your case will look at several factors to determine whether your case is worth pursuing.
First, the attorney will assess who is at fault for the accident. Did another driver do something careless or reckless to cause your accident such as failing to brake, running a red light or crossing into your lane without putting on a turn signal? In some instances, multiple parties could be at fault.
Second, the lawyer will examine whether your own negligence contributed to the crash. In Wisconsin, your recovery of damages will be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault. If you are 51 percent or more at fault, you can be barred from recovering anything.
Third, the attorney will look at the amount of damages involved in your case. If it involves only a minor fender bender and minimal harm, pursuing a personal injury claim may honestly not be in your best interests. The costs and expenses may outweigh the potential recovery. On the other hand, a case involving extensive property damage and bodily injury or death generally should be pursued.
Finally, the lawyer will focus on available insurance coverage. Typically, you will turn to the at-fault driver’s auto insurance for recovering damages. If the driver lacks insurance or has insurance that won’t pay for all of your losses, your own uninsured / underinsured (UM / UIM) insurance may cover it. The lawyer will also look at the limits placed on these policies. (Please see our page on Car Insurance Issues for more information.)
The decision on whether to pursue a claim ultimately will be made by you and your family. However, you should strongly consider the insight that an experienced Milwaukee car accident lawyer can provide.
Each case is different. How much you can recover in a legal claim arising from an auto accident will depend on the unique facts and issues in your case. However, there are several types of damages that are generally sought.
These types are:
In some cases, damages are sought to punish and deter wrongful conduct in addition to compensating you for actual losses. These are called punitive damages.
If a loved one has died in a crash, qualifying family members may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. These cases involve different types of damages, including compensation for the loss of a loved one’s care, companionship and services. Please see our page on Wrongful Death to learn more.
You can take several steps after an auto accident that will protect your rights and prepare you for your initial consultation with an attorney.
These steps include:
Generally, car crashes are not really “accidents.” They are the results of careless or reckless driving or other factors that could have been avoided. For instance, common causes of auto accidents in Milwaukee and other areas of Wisconsin are:
In some cases, an accident may be unrelated to driver misconduct. Instead, it can be traced to a defectively designed or manufactured vehicle or auto part or a poorly maintained road. For more information, please see our page on Types of Car Accidents.
Not all car accident cases need to go to court. In fact, many cases are resolved outside of court through a settlement.
It’s important to work with a car accident lawyer who has the skill, experience and resources to establish a solid case on your behalf. The attorney should know how to collect all relevant evidence and work closely with experts to determine how the crash occurred and the extent of harm you have suffered.
With this information, the lawyer can negotiate from a position of strength with the at-fault driver’s insurance company and seek a timely, full and fair settlement. However, if the insurer refuses to agree to a reasonable settlement, the attorney will be prepared to stand up for you in court.
The Will Techmeier of The Cochran Firm Wisconsin has extensive experience in resolving auto accident cases in Milwaukee and across the state through settlements and verdicts. Please see Our Successes page for examples of cases we have handled.
While you focus on your recovery after a car crash, your attorney can work hard to seek any compensation you are entitled to receive.
Your attorney can:
To learn more about the role a lawyer can play in resolving your case through a settlement or verdict, please see our page on Why You Need A Car Accident Lawyer.
To schedule your consultation, please contact us today by phone or through our online form.
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