A car accident can have a significant impact on your life. Depending on the severity of the crash, you may be left with lasting physical injuries and financial hardships. After being involved in a car accident, you should seek the representation of an experienced attorney to get the compensation you deserve. 

Seek Medical Attention

Seeking medical attention for your injuries should be the first step after being involved in a car accident. You should check for problems with mobility, symptoms of head injuries and excessive bleeding for both yourself and your passengers.  You should report any symptoms to dispatch and officers in the event that an ambulance is needed to be called.  

Because not all injuries are apparent at the scene of the accident, you should continue to monitor for symptoms.  Sometimes the onset of pain occurs 24 or 48 hours after an accident.  You should seek the appropriate medical treatment for these injuries as well.  

Call The Police

Always call the police after a car accident so they can document the scene, gather evidence, and take statements from the parties involved and also independent witnesses. Also, having law enforcement officers arrive at the scene can help keep things under control and ensure that all parties remain calm, which can help prevent any further incidents from occurring. In addition, they will provide a police report, which is crucial if you need to pursue legal action.

Gather Evidence

After confirming that no one is critically injured, calling the police, and ensuring that you’re not in immediate danger, you should proceed to gather evidence. Take pictures of any injuries, the surrounding area, and any damage to your vehicle.

You should also collect information from any witnesses who may be willing to testify in your case. Ask them for their contact information, address, and a statement of what they saw. It is also helpful to collect information from the other driver, such as their name, phone number, address, and insurance company name.

Keep Documentation of Medical Appointments

When visiting a physician, following treatment instructions and documenting all your medical appointments is important. This is important for a number of reasons, including providing proof of the severity of any injuries suffered in the accident and establishing a timeline for medical treatment.

Documentation can provide an accurate record of treatment for future reference. It can also serve as evidence if you decide to pursue a legal case. 

Contact an Experienced Wisconsin Auto Accident Attorney Today for Help

If you were injured in a Wisconsin auto accident, contact Natasha Misra Law to find out if you have a case. If you live in Wisconsin, call (414) 210-3834 to schedule a free consultation with Natasha Misra and get started with your case.

A collision resulting from a motorist turning right on a red traffic light can have fatal consequences. In most cases, the layout of the intersection, surrounding traffic patterns, and vehicle speed are found to be critical variables in determining the outcome of a case. It’s important to know the law and understand who holds the right of way to keep your loved ones safe.

Wisconsin Right Turn On Red Law

In Wisconsin, a motorist approaching a solid or flashing red light or stop sign must come to a complete stop prior to the nearest marked limit line, such as a crosswalk, or the entrance to the intersection itself. The State law allows motorists to make a right turn after stopping at a red light, as long as:

  1. There are no signs prohibiting it,
  2. the driver does not have to cross traffic lanes to make the turn,
  3. and it is safe to do so.

There are a number of ways that a right turn on red accident can occur. Below we discuss a few common causes.

Driver Does Not Stop or Yield

If you are driving straight toward an intersection and have a green light, and another vehicle hits you after making a right turn without stopping or yielding the right of way, that driver could be found negligent and liable for the accident. Vehicles that are already on the roadway have the right of way, unless they have a stop sign, traffic light, or traffic signal that tells them to stop.

Even in the case of a speeding oncoming car, motorists should yield before making a right on red turn. A motorist may be found liable if they attempt to merge without accounting for the necessary time and space to do so.

Pedestrians & Bicyclists

When motorists begin to execute a right-hand turn, they are generally more focused on oncoming traffic and their ability to merge successfully. If you’re a pedestrian or a cyclist within a marked crosswalk, you may find yourself outside of their field of view and in a situation that leaves you hurt or hospitalized.

If a vehicle strikes you in a crosswalk, the driver will often claim to have had the right of way and that you crossed during a “no walk sign,” or out of turn. Any evidence that proves your right to cross will be important to your case. There may be witnesses nearby or traffic cameras that can be checked. The police may also do breathalyzer tests to see if the driver was under-the-influence or determine if they had been using their cellphones while driving.

Hit and Run Accidents

Hit and run accidents are also common with right turn on red accidents. In a hit-and-run, any information regarding the description (Ex. model, color, or license plate) will help ensure that the driver is found. A general rule of thumb is to always take care of yourself or any bodily injuries first, before attempting to gather any evidence or testimony.

Contacting A Milwaukee Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured by a negligent motorist making a right-hand turn on a red light, contact our office to begin working towards a resolution. You may be entitled to compensation to cover any injuries, damages, lost wages, and/or medical costs you have incurred. Contact the Milwaukee personal injury law firm Natasha Misra Law today to schedule a free consultation.

Natasha Misra

My law practice is dedicated to helping people who have suffered injuries in accidents which were not their fault. Born and raised in Milwaukee, I come from a family of medical professionals. My background and experience help me understand and represent individuals injured in accidents.