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Stay Safe On Your Bicycle this Fall

Please remember to follow these cycling safety tips from Davis & Gelshenen:

  1. Have the correct bike for the terrain you’re  biking on.
  2. Make sure that when you purchase your bicycle, you get fitted appropriately.
  3. Buy the right gear.  This includes a helmet, front and back bike lights, bright or reflective clothing, comfortable shoes, bike gloves, and sunglasses.
  4. Check your bike’s tire pressure and brakes before every ride.
  5. Know the rules of the road and use turn signals.
  6. Never Drink and Ride.
  7. Never talk on a cell phone while riding.

If you have been in an accident on your bicycle as a result of someone’s negligence, contact Davis & Gelshenen for a free consultation at 866-421-2121 or email us at ddavis@dgattorneys.com.

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What To Do After an Accident

A car accident can be a very traumatic event.  Stress and injuries may affect your ability to think clearly.  How you react to the accident and the information that you obtain can be a criticial element in your case.

After an accident:

  • Be careful. If you are in severe pain, wait for paramedics to arrive to assess your injuries.
  • Speak with other drivers and witnesses involved to obtain names, addresses and telephone numbers.
  • Make sure that you acquire each driver’s automobile insurance information including the name of the person insured on the vehicle, the company’s name and telephone number if known.
  • Contact the police to make an immediate report of the accident and remain at the scene until after an officer arrives.
  • Cooperate with the police in preparing an accident report.
  • After the accident, photograph the exterior and interior of the vehicles involved in the accident.
  • Do not fill out any insurance documents, releases or provide recorded statements without first consulting with a lawyer.
  • If injured, consult with a physician.

If you or a family member is injured in an accident, contact your attorney immediately to ensure your rights are protected.  Contact Davis & Gelshenen, LLP at (866) 427-2121 or ddavis@dgattorneys.com for more information or with questions concerning your rights in an accident.

The Truth About Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorneys and Tort Reform

We often hear about how our legal system is congested with trivial lawsuits.  The Wisconsin Association for Justice debunked this myth recently in their article The Truth About Trial Attorneys.

In reviewing the 2006 Wisconsin Court Filings, the Wisconsin Association for Justice found that divorce, foreclosures of mortgages, money judgments, and paternity suits led in court proceedings.  Research also fount that out of the less than 5,000 filings for personal injury lawsuits, the majority were filed due to insurance carriers’ denial of fair settlement for injuries.

Out of these personal injury cases, only 13 were medical malpractice clams.   While frivolous malpractice suits are consistently blamed for rising healthcare costs, The Wisconsin Association for Justice cites a 2006 Congressional Budget Office Paper, which found that “malpractice costs amounted to less than 2 percent of overall health care spending.”

Davis & Gelshenen Expands into Illinois

Davis & Gelshenen LLP has expanded to Illinois and is now available to serve the needs of Illinois residents and those injured in Illinois.

The firm has a new office in Rockford, Illinois at the following location:

6957 Olde Creek Rd., Suite 2300

Rockford, IL 61114

(815) 963-6100

Lawyers are also available to assist clients throughout the Lake County and Chicago metro area.

“Texting While Driving” Ban Likely to Become Law In Wisconsin

Texting while driving may soon become illegal in Wisconsin. On January 19, 2010, the State Assembly passed a bill that would prohibit people from driving while sending text or e-mail messages unless they are operating authorized emergency vehicles. Penalties could be up to $400 for first offenses, and up to $800 for second or subsequent offenses. The push for this bill came after recent studies reported drivers are eight times more likely to have an accident while texting, making texting while driving as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.

Driving while texting already has been legally banned in 18 states, and more are expected to pass similar laws to keep roads safer. Governor Jim Doyle has stated he would sign a Wisconsin ban passed by Legislature.

According to a recent study by Virginia Tech, 80 percent of all crashes and 65 percent of near crashes involve some type of distraction. While texting is among the most deadly distractions to driving, other diversions are also dangerous.

• Drivers process 50 percent less visual information while talking on the phone, quadrupling the chance of crashing.

• Reaching for something in the car increases your chance of a crash by nine times.

• Looking away for two seconds doubles your risk of a collision.

So turn off your phone, pre-program your GPS, and snack before you get into your car. By eliminating these and other distractions, you’ll greatly improve your chance of arriving safely at your destination.

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