Wisconsin Rear-end Accident Attorneys
Many people think of rear-end accidents as easy cases with one driver clearly at fault, however, as experienced Wisconsin rear-end accident lawyers, we know that even “easy” cases require skilled legal representation so that every element of the case is proven and appropriate damages can be awarded.
Rear-end accidents happen when one car hits another from behind. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end accidents are the most common type of vehicle collision accounting for about 29% of all crashes and resulting in significant numbers of injuries and fatalities every year.
Proving Liability in a Rear-End Accident
Drivers have a responsibility to follow other vehicles at a safe distance. Therefore, there is a presumption that the driver who crashes into the car in front of him is at fault for the accident because the driver failed to maintain a safe driving distance between his vehicle and the vehicle in front of him. However, in order to recover damages in a rear-end accident lawsuit the accident victim and the victim’s Milwaukee rear-end accident lawyer must prove the same elements of negligence that are required in other types of car accident cases. Specifically, they must prove that the driver who hit you from behind:
- Owed a duty of care to the driver and occupants of the car which he rear-ended. Drivers owe a duty of care to those with whom they share the roadway so this element is easily met.
- Did not act as a reasonable driver would have acted given the circumstances and therefore breached his duty of care. A Wisconsin rear-end accident attorney may introduce evidence that the driver was following the car in front of him too closely or was distracted from the road and failed to notice that the car in front of him was slowing down or stopping due to traffic conditions or traffic signals.
- Caused the victim’s injuries which would not have occurred but for the driver’s actions.
- Is liable for damages because of his negligence.
In Wisconsin, the statute of limitations for personal injury actions, such as rear-end car accidents, is three years. However, many accident victims contact a Wisconsin rear-end accident attorney sooner than that so that their attorneys can obtain critical evidence and begin working on the victim’s legal recovery.
Rear-End Accident Victims May Recover Damages
A Milwaukee rear-end accident lawyer will help the victim recover appropriate damages for his or her injuries or the loss of a loved one. Damages may include compensation for things such as past and future medical bills, funeral costs, rehabilitation costs, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages negotiated by the parties or awarded by the court.
Contact Pasternak & Zirgibel – Experienced Wisconsin Rear-end Accident Lawyers
The law firm of Pasternak & Zirgibel concentrates its practice on personal injury cases involving serious injuries or fatalities. Our lawyers are experienced in representing rear-end accident victims and compassionate to our clients and their families. We work for you and our objective is to help you by negotiating with insurance companies and representing you in legal actions so that you can recover any damages to which you are entitled and move on with your life.
Our firm of Milwaukee rear-end accident attorneys represents clients throughout the state of Wisconsin including in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas such as Cudahy, West Allis, West Milwaukee, South Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay, Wauwatosa, Shorewood, Franklin, Glendale, Greendale, Greenfield, Oak Creek, Washington County, Racine County, Waukesha County, Jefferson County and Ozaukee County.
We invite you to call us at (262) 785-0802 or to fill out our online contact form. We would be pleased to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation at your convenience. Our firm is committed to representing those who have been harmed by others in Wisconsin rear-end accidents and we will not collect a fee unless you recover damages.