It is quite common for most people to call a collision between two vehicles an “accident.” However, the reality is that most “accidents” are actually caused due to another person’s negligent or reckless conduct. Whether it is speeding, drunk driving or some form of distracted driving, negligent and reckless conduct is the cause of thousands of injuries and deaths in America each year.
Fortunately, anyone who has been injured in a car “accident” in Wisconsin may be able to pursue legal options. In a personal injury lawsuit based on a car accident, the victim will first need to show that a “duty” existed between the drivers involved in the wreck. That is fairly simple, as every driver has a duty to all others on the road to operate their vehicles in a safe and appropriate manner. Once it is established that a duty existed, the victim must prove the defendant’s “breach” of that duty. That would be the alleged negligent or reckless conduct, such as proving that the defendant was speeding or using a cellphone and was distracted behind the wheel, for example.
From there, the victim must show that the breach of the duty that existed is what actually caused the victim’s injuries. This part of the case can be quite difficult. It must be very clear that the injury occurred in the car accident, and not from some other cause. Lastly, the victim must be able to prove damages, such as medical expenses and lost wages, which were the direct result of the car accident.
At our law firm, we work with Wisconsin residents who have been injured in car accident in order to attempt to get them the financial compensation they deserve. For more information, please visit the car accident overview section of our law firm’s website.