If you are injured in an auto accident in Wisconsin through no fault of your own, you are entitled to receive compensation for your damages from the at fault driver.  

Although Wisconsin drivers are required to maintain automobile insurance, not all Wisconsin drivers actually carry insurance. What happens if you are injured by a driver who does not have auto insurance and no personal assets to pay for your damages? How will you pay for your medical bills and associated expenses?

Fortunately, you can receive compensation for your injuries caused by an uninsured driver or a hit-and-run driver through the uninsured motorist coverage of your own automobile insurance.  

What Is Uninsured Motorist Coverage?

In Wisconsin, your automobile insurance includes uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. The uninsured motorist portion of your insurance policy applies if you, your family or other occupants in your vehicle are injured by another driver who does not have insurance or are injured by a hit-and-run driver.  Uninsured motorist coverage also applies if you or your family are injured as a pedestrian when struck by an uninsured driver or a hit-and-run driver. Under these various circumstances, you may be entitled to claim the same types of damages as you would if you filed a claim against the at fault driver, such as medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages.

What Can I Recover In An Auto Accident With An Uninsured Driver?

If you were injured by a driver without insurance, you may be able to seek compensation from your own insurance company through your uninsured motorist coverage.  You may be entitled to damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. 

Uninsured motorist cases are handled with your insurance company similar to cases where the at fault driver has insurance.   Auto insurance companies seek to limit what they pay in car accidents, even for their own injured customers. They may try to diminish the value of your case or fail to be forthcoming about your uninsured motorist benefits.

What Can I Recover In An Auto Accident With A Hit-and- Run Driver?

Sometimes the at fault driver may refuse to stop and flees the scene of the accident. If you were involved in a hit-and-run accident, it is important that you contact law enforcement right away.  

If you were injured by a hit-and-run driver, you may be able to seek compensation from your own insurance company through your uninsured motorist coverage.  You may be entitled to damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. 

What Should I Do If I Was Injured By An Uninsured Driver or Hit-and-Run Driver?  

You should discuss your options with an experienced attorney.  Natasha Misra Law has experience helping Wisconsin accident victims seek the compensation they deserve for their injuries. If you have been injured by an uninsured driver or hit-and-run driver, you should not have to bear the economic burden.  Together, we will look at the facts of your case and uncover all potential sources of recovery.  

Call our office today at (414) 210-3834 for a free consultation.

Driving in Wisconsin during the wintry weather can be stressful. The roads are slick, visibility is poor, and morning and evening commutes are dark. To stay safe this winter, I want to share with you a few simple safe driving guidelines that I commonly share with family, friends and clients.

1. Wait Until Conditions Improve

Bad weather comes and goes. Even the most severe winter storms eventually let up. If you see that bad winter weather is on the radar, consider postponing your trip until the road conditions improve. Allow time for snow plows, law enforcement and other emergency responders to clear the roadways.

2. Tell Others Your Travel Plans

If you must get on the road during wintry weather, tell someone else about your planned route, and your expected arrival time. Have a fully charged cell phone and avoid backroads. Should something happen, you and your vehicle will be easier to find.

3. Clear Off Snow And Ice

Before you turn on your car, clear snow and ice away from your car’s windows, headlights, tail lights, roof and hood. Not only will this improve visibility, but it will prevent ice from sliding off your car and causing a road hazard.

4. Drive With Caution

When the roads are icy and wet, be sure to allow extra time for travel. The majority of winter car accidents in Wisconsin are caused by drivers going too fast. Even the posted speed limit, which applies to ideal travel conditions, may be too fast for current conditions. In addition to slowing down, try to keep a safe following distance from the car in front of you.

5. Turn On Your Headlights

All drivers should turn on their car’s low-beam headlights when weather conditions make it difficult to see objects ahead. Even during the daylight, it may be difficult to see other cars on the road. Turn on your headlights to improve your visibility and help people see you coming.

6. Stay In Control

Sudden braking can cause you to lose control of your car. When you are driving in wintry conditions in Wisconsin, use your brakes carefully. Begin braking early, and avoid slamming the brakes. Take turns slowly, and avoid sharp maneuvers. Lastly, never use cruise control. Even four-wheel drive vehicles require additional time to stop in snowy and icy conditions.

7. Keep A Safe Distance From Snow Plows

You should always keep a safe distance behind a snow plow. If you decide to pass, be extra cautious. Plows often create a cloud of snow that can obscure visibility. Plus, road conditions ahead of the plow are typically worse.

8. Be Mindful Of Commercial Trucks

In addition to snow plows, keep a safe distance from trucks. Pieces of snow or ice have been known to slide off the top of commercial trucks, creating hazardous conditions for cars following close behind. In addition, the large tires kick up snow and ice and can affect visibility.

9. Watch For Winter Weather Advisories

Take note of winter storm advisories and warnings posted along major highways and drive accordingly. Winter storms often have significant impact on the conditions of the road. Avoid driving in winter conditions if possible.

10. Keep Track Of Your Location

Keep an eye on your location using crossroads and key landmarks. If you are in a car accident or become stranded, you’ll be be able to describe your location to law enforcement.

Winter car accidents in Wisconsin are common, but practicing safe winter driving will help you avoid an accident and possible injury. Unfortunately, some drivers may not be as careful as you.

If you are injured by another driver’s negligence, contact a Wisconsin personal injury attorney to learn more about how you can make a full financial recovery.

Natasha Misra

I am 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. Although I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer, my background has helped me understand and represent individuals injured in accidents.