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Truck Accidents In Wisconsin May 21, 2010

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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Wisconsin is home to more than 5,740 for-hire and private interstate trucking businesses.  The corridor from Chicago, Illinois to Oshkosh, Wisconsin is especially loaded with trucks delivering loads. 

As the trucking industry grows and more and more trucks are on the road the likelihood of crashes also increases.  Here are a few thoughts you should consider when hiring a Wisconsin Truck Accident Attorney:

Big rig crashes often have fatal consequences, which is why you need to find a semi truck accident lawyer with adequate experience if you want to get this right.

1. Check the qualifications of an attorney before you hire one. This is very important, because you want to make sure that a lawyer is rated  “superb” according to www.Avvo.com and has published articles on practicing law. It is also essential that the attorney that you hire has recent courtroom experience.  The technology and strategy of trying a case has changed over the years. It is one thing to say “I tried a case and obtained a $1 million verdict” for an injured victim in the 70’s or 80’s.  Today’s trial experience is very different.

2.   Interview Attorneys!  Contact your personal injury attorney so you can meet up over a cup of coffee or lunch. A semi truck accident lawyer (or any personal injury attorney consider any personal injury claim) will more than likely be willing to do this, because personal injury attorneys know the damage that can be caused by a semi truck. 

3. Keep tabs on your case. Make sure that you tell your attorney to keep you updated on the status of your case. Do not call your lawyer each day, but just kindly ask if he could call you or email once every couple weeks for a status update.

4. Find a semi truck accident lawyer that is willing to try your case no matter what. Some personal injury accident want to pull out when it gets heated in the courtroom, so find a tough attorney that will demand justice for you.  Don’t fall for the attorney that says “I’ll settle your case in months not years.”  It is naive to know what the ultimate injury will be and how long a case will take to properly organize and strategize for a maximized settlement.

Follow these tips and you will be able to find a quality semi truck accident attorney in Wisconsin to work with you, and hopefully get you the compensation allowed under the law!

For questions about semi truck collisions in Wisconsin please visit www.grothlawfirm.com or simply call Attorney Jonathan Groth for the chance to interview him regarding your case (877-375-7001). 

Truckin’ September 10, 2009

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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I’m glad I didn’t travel very far this past Labor Day.  We travelled “up north” to Marinette County.  A beautiful part of Wisconsin.  

Anyway, I read this news brief from the AAJ’s website about various safety violations involving over the road truckers (semi trucks, tractor trailers etc.) .

It appears that Wisconsin has a rate of trucker safety violations that are in excess of the national average.  The article states:

States that had a rate of companies in violation of safety requirements above the national average include West Virginia, North Dakota, Nebraska, Vermont, Iowa, Montana, Delaware, Idaho, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Indiana, Mississippi, Wisconsin, and South Dakota.  A full listing of all companies in violation of federal safety requirements by state is available at www.justice.org/trucksafetyviolations.

I hope everyone had a safe Labor Day weekend.   Keep driving safe!

On A Lighter Note February 4, 2009

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Auto accidents are serious matters.  Especially when people are seriously injured.  

But, once in a while we have to find something to laugh about.   I found this bunch of pictures of, what appears to be, mostly single car collisions.  My favorite is “Class Is Cancelled.”


Class is Cancelled Car accidenet photo

Class is Cancelled car accidenet photo. I think this is a good example of an understatement.



Thanks Dark Roasted Blend for compiling these.   The tag line of the blog post sums it up best:  “Nothing is as fascinating as an unexplained accident.”

Tech Savvy Trucks Saving Lives? September 12, 2008

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The Department of Transportation released a report stating that fatalities involving truck (semi-tractor trailers) collisions are down almost 4%.  One of the reasons may be the additional of collision avoidance and lane departure warning/monitoring systems. 

This reminded me of some recent semi-truck matters I’ve handled.  If you are injured because of a trucker’s negligence be sure to immediately request a copy of the trucks “black box,” gps system and other tracking data.  Nowadays, most every truck company keeps tabs on their trucks.  This information can be invaluable to the prosecution of a claim for personal injuries.


 Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Hartford, Jackson, New Berlin and Wauwatosa.

Safe(r) Big Rigs? Hopefully. May 8, 2008

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I just read this at www.jsonline.com about Schneider National Trucks (a company with headquarters in Green Bay, Wisconsin). 

I’ve handled personal injury cases involving Semi-Tractor Trailers in the past.  It’s been well known that trucking companies have the technology to regulate the speed at which their trucks can drive.   There are “black boxes” in most trucks that show the speeds and sometimes direction, velocity, acceleration and other information.  If you are involved in a trucking accident it’s important to have a lawyer who asks the right questions in order to get all of this information.

Here is the article written by Rick Romell of the Journal Sentinel:

The trucking industry’s largest lobbying group today called for a nationwide 65 mph speed limit, longer trailers and other steps in an effort to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and save billions of gallons of fuel.

Meanwhile, Green Bay-based Schneider National Inc., one of the country’s biggest trucking firms, went still further: The company will voluntarily cut the top cruising speed on its 10,600 tractors to 60 mph, President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Lofgren said during a press conference announcing the industry initiative.

Schneider’s slowdown – the firm currently caps cruising speeds at 63 mph – will be equivalent to taking more than 7,200 cars off the highways, Lofgren said, and will save 3.75 million gallons of fuel a year.

“We encourage others in the industry to make this commitment with us,” Lofgren said.

Limiting cars and trucks to 65 mph could conserve more than 11 billion gallons of diesel and gasoline over 10 years, the American Trucking Associations said in announcing its sustainability proposals.

That would reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 116 million tons, the organization said. Carbon dioxide is the chief source of the so-called greenhouse effect and, many scientists say, of global warming.

The trucking group also called for longer combination trailers or higher weight allowances – a proposal likely to draw fire from highway safety advocates – elimination of nearly 500 traffic bottlenecks and government incentives for trucking companies to install devices that reduce idling.