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No Matter How Much Winter Driving Experience You Have, Safety Always Comes First!

by wpengine | December 2nd, 2021

In Wisconsin, we know snow. While other parts of the country shut down over light dustings, we proudly drive through it on a daily basis for several months out of the year. But just because it’s something we’re used to doesn’t mean we should take it lightly or neglect basic safety precautions.

When driving in snow, remember to:

  • Reduce your speed.

Both snow and ice can reduce your tires’ traction on the road while increasing your braking distance. The combination of these factors can significantly increase your risk of a crash. Reducing your speed can give you more time to slow down or stop to avoid a collision.

  • Clear all snow and ice from your vehicle.

When you’re running late, you may be tempted to scrape a small “porthole” in your windshield and be on your way. But that’s dangerous! You need full vision of your surroundings. In addition, driving with large chunks of snow and ice on your car can put other drivers in danger if they suddenly fly off.

  • Stick to treated roads.

States that get hit hard by winter weather, including Wisconsin, are often better equipped for snow and ice than other states. That means our roads are treated better and more quickly. But not all roads get treated the same. Stick to major highways and highly-trafficked streets when possible, as they’re usually the safest to drive on.

If a negligent driver crashes into you this winter, our Green Bay auto accident lawyers want to help. Contact Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Did You Know You CAN’T Sue for More Compensation After Accepting a Settlement?

by wpengine | October 21st, 2021

When people are hurt in crashes, one of their first worries is how it will affect their finances. Millions of Americans live paycheck to paycheck or must be very careful with their budgeting and expenses. So knowing that you’ve got vehicle repair costs, hospital bills, and a prolonged period away from work can leave you feeling stressed out and even scared for your family’s future.

Insurance companies know that many victims are in financial crisis mode, and they take advantage of this by offering them settlements just days or weeks after their accidents. These settlements may even appear to be for impressively large amounts of money, and victims may feel that at least their money troubles will be taken care of.

However, victims don’t always realize how expensive crashes can be in the months and years to come. They don’t anticipate that they will need continuing medical treatment and that they may never recover enough to go back to work. But when they accept the insurance companies’ settlement offers, they’re forever locked out of pursuing more compensation.

This overlooked fact is why it’s so important to get full compensation upfront AND to have an experienced law firm on your side that knows how much you’re owed and will demand every penny. Contact the Green Bay auto accident lawyers at Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll put our experience to work for you.

Don’t Forget to Report a Crash to Your Auto Insurance Provider

by wpengine | August 5th, 2021

After an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, you may assume that all of the settlement process will fall on the other driver and their insurance company. But you still need to report the crash to your auto insurance company—even if you had nothing to do with it.

All auto insurers require nearly immediate notification of accidents regardless of fault. In fact, many insurers have features on their smartphone apps that allow their policyholders to take pictures of their crashes and upload information about them before they’ve even left the scene. Barring that, you can also contact your insurer the old-fashioned way by calling them.

Reporting the crash to your insurer is important because it ensures you’ll remain eligible for compensation if you have Med Pay, personal injury protection, or uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. You should never assume the other driver’s insurance will pay for everything—or anything at all—after a crash, especially if you have additional coverage to protect yourself.

Note that when you report a crash to your insurer, you should stick to the facts of what happened. Never admit fault and don’t make statements that could even be construed that you were at fault. This applies to speaking to the 911 dispatcher, responding police officer, and the other driver, too.

Finally, get a lawyer on your side as soon as possible after an accident to fully protect your rights. At Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers, we know the pitfalls that drivers face after crashes, and our Appleton auto accident attorneys protect them from losing their chance at compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How to Protect Your Teen Driver During the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

by wpengine | June 3rd, 2021

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths for teenagers in the U.S.? Auto accidents involving teens also reach a peak during the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which are known as the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.”

Those days coincide with summer break and teens being out of school, taking road trips with friends, and attending parties. Here are a few tips to keep in mind during this dangerous stretch, so that you can help reduce your teenager driver’s risks when they get behind the wheel:

  • Limit their number of passengers—Teen drivers under the age of 18 face certain restrictions during their first nine months of having a driver’s license, including being able to drive with only one non-related passenger or adult. Enforcing this restriction can help your teen stay safer on the road.
  • Offer to pick them up if they’ve been drinking—Although it’s illegal for teens to drink in Wisconsin, many do it anyway. Then, many of those teens get behind the wheel, putting themselves and others at risk. Offer to pick up your child if they’ve been drinking—doing so could save lives.
  • Enroll them in a driver’s education course—Even if you spend plenty of time helping your teen learn how to drive safely, they can still benefit from learning from an accredited instructor and in a classroom environment. If your child’s school doesn’t offer a driver’s education course, you can find one on the WI Department of Transportation website.

At Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers, our Green Bay auto accident lawyers work hard to help injured victims get compensation after crashes that weren’t their fault, including teens. If you or your child was hurt in a crash, we want to hear from you. Contact us today for a free consultation.