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Bicycles are Vehicles Too! May 30, 2014

Posted by grothlawjared in FAQ Personal Injury, Motorcycle Collisions.
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It’s getting to be pretty nice outside, and that means that you will start seeing a lot more cyclists on the road.  Perhaps, you are one of those cyclists.  I happen to be one of those commuter cyclists, and sometimes, when I am riding my bike on my way somewhere, I have had motorists shout at me to get on the sidewalk or generally to get off of the road.  These angry motorists are typically wrong about the law regarding bicycles in Wisconsin, and this blog is inspired by those folks to help you understand the law in Wisconsin about bicycles, how to follow it, and what happens when you are injured while riding a bicycle..

The law in Wisconsin regards a bicycle as a vehicle. (Click here for a nice summary of relevant bicycle laws in Wisconsin, which I will highlight in this post.)  This means that the bicycle operator has both the rights and responsibilities of any other vehicle on a road with a few certain exceptions.  In fact, in some municipalities, ordinances restrict cyclists from being on sidewalks (this may seem counter-intuitive, but the reason for prohibiting cycling on sidewalks is because motorists will not notice cyclists on the sidewalk when each needs to pass through crosswalks.)

If you are cycling on the road, you should be as far right as is practicable on the road.  Remember to look out for parked cars and opening doors on the side of the road.  On a highway, you are permitted to cycle on the shoulder unless a local ordinance prohibits it.  On one-way roads, you can cycle on either the far left or far right of the road.  Also, if you are cycling, you should signal your turns by extending your left arm out for a left turn, and up for a right turn.  Finally, while cycling at night, you must have a white front light and a red rear reflector (a rear light is also advisable but not required by law.)

If you are a motorist, you should respect the bicycle with distance as if it were a motor vehicle.  Share the road with bicyclists.  When you pass a cyclist, you must give the cyclist at least three feet of space between your vehicle and the bike.  If you are involved in a collision with a bicycle, and personal injuries or property damage over $1,000 is suffered, you are required by law to report it to law enforcement.

If you or someone you love is involved in a bicycle accident, whether with a motorist, as a result of a pothole, or any other cause, contact an attorney to evaluate the case.  I’ve attached a contact form below if you have questions:

 

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Wisconsin Roads This Winter November 16, 2013

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Motorcycle Collisions, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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I recently wrote a Legal Guide on Avvo. If you have questions about most any legal practice area you can find help at Avvo.

Attorney Jon Groth’s Legal Guide for Wisconsin Winter Driving

New Client Testimonial May 22, 2013

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Drunk Driving, FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Motorcycle Collisions, Personal Injury Law.
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Thanks again to our clients for their support over the years. We just received another great recommendation:

I am extremely grateful to have had Jon as my attorney for my personal injury case. I feel Jon went above and beyond to make sure I received the settlement I deserved for my injuries. Every aspect of my case was taken care of by Jon and his wonderful staff and I can honestly say that I was in good hands from beginning to end.

Please contact our firm with any questions or helpful information toll free at 877-375-7001 or visit our website http://www.grothlawfirm.com/contactWisconsinLawyer.asp.

Congratulations Milwaukee’s “Lawyers To Know” June 27, 2012

Posted by grothlawclerk in FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Motorcycle Collisions, Personal Injury Law.
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M Magazine recently published its list of the top 2-5% of personal injury attorneys in the Milwaukee area.  Attorney Groth was one of the attorneys honored.  Congrats to everyone who made the list:

Jesse Blocher
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
N14 W23755 Stone Ridge Drive
Suite 100, Waukesha

Charles Blumenfield
Blumenfield & Shereff LLP
1001 W. Glen Oaks Lane
Suite 110, Mequon

William Cannon
Cannon & Dunphy S.C.
595 N Barker Road, Brookfield

Merrick Domnitz
Domnitz & Skemp S.C.
825 N. Jefferson St.
Fifth Floor, Milwaukee

Laurence Fehring
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
777 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Suite 2300, Milwaukee

Jonathan Groth
Groth Law Firm S.C.
13035 W. Bluemound Road
Suite 205, Brookfield

Ryan Hetzel
Hetzel & Nelson LLC
120 N. Main Street
Suite 240, West Bend

Ann Jacobs
Domnitz & Skemp S.C.
825 N. Jefferson Street
Fifth Floor, Milwaukee

Robert Jaskulski
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
777 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 2300, Milwaukee

Lynn Laufenberg
Laufenberg, Stombaugh & Jassak S.C.
115 S. 84th Street
Suite 250, Milwaukee

Michael Laufenberg
Laufenberg, Stombaugh & Jassak S.C.
115 S. 84th Street
Suite 250, Milwaukee

Michael Levine
The Law Offices of Robert A. Levine
111 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1710, Milwaukee

David McCormick
Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz
Miller & Brueggerman S.C.
1555 N. RiverCenter Drive
Suite 202, Milwaukee

Jason Oldenburg
Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz
Miller & Brueggerman S.C.
1555 N. RiverCenter Drive
Suite 202, Milwaukee

Frank Pasternak
Pasternak & Zirgibel S.C.
19601 W. Bluemound Road
Second Floor, Brookfield

Nicholas Petty
The Law Offices of Robert A. Levine
111 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1710, Milwaukee

Jeffrey Pitman
Pitman, Kyle, Sicula & Dentice
1110 N. Old World 3rd Street
Suite 510, Milwaukee

Edward Robinson
Cannon & Dunphy
595 N. Barker Road, Brookfield

Randall Rozek
Rozek Law Offices S.C.
407 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee

Paul Scoptur
Aiken & Scoptur S.C.
2600 N. Mayfair Road, Milwaukee

Howard Sicula
Pitman, Kyle, Sicula & Dentice
1110 N. Old World 3rd Street
Suite 510, Milwaukee

Anthony Skemp
Domnitz & Skemp S.C.
825 N. Jefferson Street
Fifth Floor, Milwaukee

Christopher Strohbehn
Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown
330 E. Kilbourn Avenue
Suite 1170, Milwaukee

Kent Tess-Mattner
Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox S.C.
17100 W. North Avenue, Brookfield

Mark Thomsen
Cannon & Dunphy S.C.
595 N. Barker Road, Brookfield

Timothy Trecek
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
777 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Suite 2300, Milwaukee
Linda Vanden Heuvel
Vanden Heuvel & Dineen S.C.
W175 N11086 Stonewood Drive, Germantown

Benjamin Wagner
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
777 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Suite 2300, Milwaukee

Jeffrey Zirgibel
Pasternak & Zirgibel S.C.
19601 W. Bluemound Road
Second Floor, Brookfield

Lawsuit Blames both Driver and Bar in Fatal Car Crash June 18, 2012

Posted by grothlawclerk in FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Motorcycle Collisions.
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The mother of Ryan Osowski, a young man killed in car crash on March 10, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Sam Cafi, the drunk driver who hit her son, and Trio Sports Bar and Grill LLC. Trio Sports Bar and Grill LLC had served him alcohol earlier that evening. Sam Cafi was allegedly intoxicated when he sped along a city street and crashed into the Osowski’s vehicle causing it to flip multiple times. Cafi was charged with several counts of felony driving under the influence. Osowski’s mother is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000 for the death of her son.

In Wisconsin lawsuits against bars alleging that they negligently served a patron or overserved a patron are call DRAM SHOP matters.  If you have questions about whether you have a DRAM SHOP case call Groth Law Firm, S.C.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident in the Milwaukee area or any other area in Wisconsin and are in need of a personal injury attorney, contact Groth Law Firm S.C. at 877-375-7001.

For the full article, please visit http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-05-16/news/chi-lawsuit-blames-driver-bar-in-fatal-crash-20120516_1_car-crash-flip-several-times-wrongful-death-lawsuit

Be Careful!!!! Children are on Summer Break June 14, 2012

Posted by grothlawclerk in Drunk Driving, FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Motorcycle Collisions.
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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had a good reminder in today’s Opinion section:

With most children out of school and on summer break, now is an excellent time to remind drivers to slow down, and to remind children to be careful when playing near a street. In an editorial published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this morning, it stated that in the last three weeks, already six children have been hit in the Milwaukee area.

Drivers should watch their speed and make sure they are not distracted by things such as texting while driving, especially in busy areas where children are playing. Likewise, parents should remind children that when crossing the street, it is always best to cross at the street corner or walk in a designated crosswalk. Parents should also make sure that children are always properly supervised when playing near a street.

Best advice: just watch out, slow down, and do not get distracted or you could cost someone their life.

For the full article, please visit http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/with-summer-break-here-watch-out-for-children-v65ofta-158643945.html

If you have been injured in an automobile accident in the Milwaukee area or any other area in Wisconsin and are in need of a personal injury attorney, contact Groth Law Firm S.C. at 877-375-7001.

Social Media and the Law: Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and How They Affect Your Personal Injury Case June 7, 2012

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Litigation Attorney, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Motorcycle Collisions, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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Attorney Jon Groth of www.GrothLawFirm.com

Attorney Jonathan Groth of http://www.GrothLawFirm.com

Attorney Jon Groth was interviewed by Bill Leff of WGN radio.  Attorney Groth discussed how Facebook, Twitter and social media in general have evolved over the years and are being used as a sword and shield in legal cases.  Topics discussed include: Workers Compensation, Injury Law, Divorce, Invasion of Privacy and others.

No Vehicle Damage? No Injury? August 1, 2010

Posted by Andrew Christman in FAQ Personal Injury, Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney, Motorcycle Collisions, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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After an automobile accident, insurance companies often try to equate physical injuries to the damage to the automobile. This is not always true. It is possible for passengers in an automobile accident to be injured even if there is little or no damage to the vehicle. Additionally, insurance companies are likely to deny the existence of an injury in a low speed collision. Injuries to areas of soft tissue around the neck and spine are especially vulnerable in these types of collisions.

A great deal of information about car accident injuries can be found at http://www.injurytv.com/doctors/eldridge.html.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident in the Milwaukee area or any other area in Wisconsin and are in need of a Milwaukee personal injury attorney, contact Groth Law Firm S.C. Groth Law Firm, S.C. has offices to meet with clients in Brookfield, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Marinette.

Interesting Bike Safety Opinion Piece July 8, 2010

Posted by Andrew Christman in FAQ Personal Injury, Motorcycle Collisions, Personal Injury Law.
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There was an opinion column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently. The article can be found here. It includes links to more information about bike safety in the Milwaukee area.

If you have any questions regarding a bike accident or any other personal injury questions, feel free to contact Groth Law Firm, S.C. Groth Law Firm, S.C. has offices to meet with clients in Brookfield, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Marinette.

New Wisconsin Auto Insurance Law June 9, 2010

Posted by Andrew Christman in FAQ Personal Injury, Motorcycle Collisions, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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As of June 1, 2010, auto insurance is now mandatory for all car owners in Wisconsin.  The law requires minimum coverage of $50,000 for the injury or death of one person, $100,000 for the injury or death of two or more people and $15,000 for property damage.  Drivers that do not have insurance can be fined up to $500.

The law requires that drives keep proof of their insurance information in the car.  Police officers can request proof of insurance at traffic stops and accidents.  Failure to provide this proof of insurance can result in a fine of $10.

The law also requires uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage each with minimum limits of $100,000/$300,000 for bodily injury coverage.

More information on the new insurance laws can be found at the websites for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles.

Feel free to contact Groth Law Firm, S.C. if you have any questions or would like to discuss your need for a personal injury attorney.  Groth Law Firm, S.C. has offices to meet with clients in Brookfield, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Marinette.