Car Accidents Attorney in Janesville, Wisconsin

Cars are the most common mode of transportation and unfortunately, accidents happen in cars all of the time. While some are small fender-benders, others have catastrophic effects on the people involved. If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, the most important thing to do is focus on your health and recovery. You can also hire an attorney to help you file a claim against the responsible party.

At The Paul Benson Law Firm, I am proud to be Rock County’s premier personal injury attorney and I am here for you when you need help. I’ve been standing up for victims of personal injury for years, ensuring that they are treated fairly throughout a difficult process. I serve not only Rock County, but Janesville and Beloit, Wisconsin.

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Car Accident Liability in Wisconsin

In every motor vehicle accident, liability must be determined for insurance purposes as well as damages. Wisconsin is an “at-fault” state. This means that if you do get into a motor vehicle accident, you have to first file a claim with your own insurance. Then, you need to file a claim against the at-fault driver. Afterward, you may want to contact a personal injury attorney so that you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver.

Wisconsin Insurance Requirements

Drivers in Wisconsin have to meet certain insurance requirements. They must have the following:

  • $25,000 liability coverage for bodily injury or death of one person
  • $50,000 liability coverage for total bodily injury or death liability
  • $10,000 liability coverage for property damage per accident

This ensures that there is coverage when a claim is filed with an insurance company after an accident.

State Laws for Personal Injury Claims

There are two important things to keep in mind when filing a personal injury claim. The first is the statute of limitations. In Wisconsin, the allowable time frame for filing a claim is three years from the date of injury. Afterward, you won’t be able to file a claim.

The second is that Wisconsin is a “modified comparative fault” state. This means that, when assigned fault, the person filing a claim will be unable to seek compensation if they are more than 50% to blame for the accident.

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

In Wisconsin, wrongful death is defined as a death that is caused by another party's wrongful act, neglect, or default in a situation when the deceased could have filed a personal injury lawsuit had they survived.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that there are 37,595 motor vehicle deaths a year. Losing a loved one is hard, especially if it is at the hands of an unexpected car accident. If you have lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, you can file a wrongful death claim on their behalf. Anyone who is a close family member of the deceased — such as parents, spouses, children, or siblings — can file on behalf of their loved one. In order for it to be considered a wrongful death, there must have been a duty of care that was breached between your loved one and the other party.

Car Accidents Attorney Serving Janesville, Wisconsin

When you get into a car accident, you have enough to worry about without fearing how the insurance companies might try to take advantage of you or filing a claim against the other person. If you live in Rock County, including Janesville or Beloit, Wisconsin, reach out to me at The Paul Benson Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.