Green Bay auto accident lawyer

Can You Sue If You Get Hurt in a Crash While Traveling Out of State?

by wpengine | November 18th, 2021

The holiday season is upon us, and that means many people will be traveling both within Wisconsin and to other states to visit family and friends. If you’re involved in a crash in the state, you may feel confident moving forward with an auto accident claim. But if your crash occurs after you’ve traveled into another state, you may be less sure of what will happen next.

The good news is that you can still file a claim as normal, even if your crash occurs thousands of miles from home. Your auto insurance protects you wherever you are. However, depending on where your crash occurred, your chances of getting compensation from the other driver may vary.

States have different amounts of required auto insurance liability coverage. While most states require only $25,000 per person in coverage, some require $20,000, $15,000, or less. In addition, the amount of total liability per crash can vary greatly. Some states require $30,000, and some require $50,000, for example.

Having uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, which is required by law in Wisconsin, can help you recoup some of the financial damages you incurred after your crash if the other driver is uninsured or doesn’t have enough coverage to compensate you. Wisconsin’s requirement is $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident for bodily injury, but increasing this amount can be helpful.

At Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers, we know that there are some unique challenges associated with out-of-state crashes that go beyond insurance requirements. Contact our Green Bay auto accident lawyers for a free consultation if you’re injured in a crash that wasn’t your fault.

Why You Shouldn’t Take the Insurance Company’s Word after a Crash

by rakins | March 5th, 2021

Insurance companies spend a lot of money on advertising campaigns that are designed to convince people they’re benevolent companies that are quick to pay big checks for life’s inconveniences and tragedies. But that couldn’t be further from the case!

Insurance is a lucrative business, but only when “the little guy”—i.e., the policyholders and the people they injure—sees their car accident claim reduced or denied. In fact, that’s the insurance company’s entire business model, and they have teams of people called adjusters whose primary job is to pay claimants as little money as possible.

So if you’ve recently been hurt in an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, you may have already been contacted by the insurance company with a settlement offer. Or, if you’re pursing compensation from your own insurance provider, you may have been promised a check for your medical bills and lost wages. But insurance companies are notorious for dragging the legal process out for months or going back on their word.

That’s why it’s important to have an experienced lawyer on your side. At Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers, our Green Bay auto accident attorneys hold insurance companies to their word and their contracts. Insurers are quick to drop policyholders when they believe they’ve violated their contracts, so it should work both ways, right?

Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you, catch you off guard, or use your vulnerability against you after an accident or injury. Contact us today, and let us protect your rights to full compensation.

Don’t Let Wisconsin’s Statute of Limitations Make You Complacent After a Crash!

by wpengine | February 4th, 2021

Wisconsin’s statute of limitations—or the time limit in which you can take legal action—is three years after the date of an injury. That’s among the longest in the nation. When many injury victims learn that fact, they may relax and feel much less pressure to act right away when it comes to getting compensation for their medical bills and lost wages.

But waiting too long—even if the law allows you to take your time—is a mistake. Why? There are a few reasons why not acting right away can come back to haunt you:

  • Evidence can disappear—If you call a lawyer 30 months after your crash, there’s a good chance that evidence will be nearly impossible to track down. Witnesses may have changed their numbers, security tapes will have long been deleted, and the driver who hit you may not even live in the same state anymore.
  • The insurance company will be more skeptical—Insurers are skeptical of claims by default, but they’re even more skeptical when they’re filed months or even years after injuries occur. The more time that passes, the more likely they are to believe that your injury had other causes.
  • You’ll go even longer without compensation—When you need money after an injury, you need it yesterday. But the longer you wait to call a lawyer, the longer you wait to get paid. Don’t wait on the money you’re owed. The sooner you call, the sooner you get paid.

Get in touch with Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers today if you were recently hurt in a crash. Our Green Bay auto accident lawyers are ready to fight for your rights to compensation.

Can You Sue if Ice Flies off a Car and Damages Your Vehicle?

by wpengine | December 2nd, 2020

Wisconsinites may be used to it, but it doesn’t make it any easier or more pleasant. We’re talking about, of course, waking and seeing that your vehicle is completely frozen solid. If you park outside, you know how long it takes just to open your door, let alone clear all the snow and ice off your windshield, mirrors, and windows.

While it’s always a hassle, it’s extremely important to have full visibility while driving. So much so, in fact, that it’s required by law in Wisconsin. In 2002, New Hampshire passed a law that required all drivers to remove all snow and ice from their vehicles after a woman died in a crash caused by ice flying off a tractor-trailer.

Just as you can sue when a driver’s negligence causes them to crash into you on the road, even if the crash was exacerbated or amplified due to ice or snow, you can also sue if a driver fails to clear ice and snow from their vehicle and it flies off, causing damage to yours.

Flying snow and ice aren’t just hazards for vehicles themselves—they can also put occupants and other motorists at risk. For example, drivers may swerve to avoid being hit by huge chunks of ice that are flying down the highway at high speeds. In the process, they may lose control or crash into vehicles around them.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash involving ice and snow, whether it was on the ground of hurtling through the air, the Green Bay auto accident lawyers at Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Car Seat Safety Dos and Don’ts

by wpengine | August 6th, 2020

As a parent of young child, their safety is always your biggest priority. But did you know that they are most at risk for serious injuries when they’re traveling in your vehicle, especially for children ages 5-19?

Unfortunately, the modern safety innovations in vehicles—namely, seat belts and air bags—aren’t designed to protect kids. They’re designed to protect older teens and adults, and in fact, they can put kids at further risk during crashes.

That’s why car seats are essential for all children, and there are various types of seats for kids up until they are around 12 years old. However, many parents may not know best practices for using car seats. Here are a few dos and don’ts:

  • Do use the right car seat for your child’s age and size—Car seats aren’t one-size-fits-all. The CDC’s website contains more information about car seats for children as they grow.
  • Don’t re-use a damaged car seat or buy a used car seat—Car seats are only at their maximum safety effectiveness when they’re new and undamaged. Car seats that have been involved in accidents can put kids at risk.
  • Do learn how to properly secure your car seat—Car seats protect kids during crashes, but they must be restrained with seat belts for maximum safety. Consult your car seat manual, vehicle manual, and online guides for help setting yours up.
  • Don’t place your child in their car seat while wearing a thick coat—Thick jackets and coats can compress during crashes, making car seats too loose to properly secure children. That can put them at risk of serious injuries.

At Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers, we know that children are among the most vulnerable people during crashes. When they’re hurt because of negligent drivers, it’s our goal to get their families maximum compensation. Contact our Green Bay auto accident lawyers today for a free consultation if you, your child, or someone you love was hurt in a crash that wasn’t your fault.