Wisconsin Car Accident Resources
UPDATED: February 24, 2020
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Wisconsin Car Accident Resources
Wisconsin Car Accident Law, Lawyers and Attorneys
Car accidents are a fact of life. They happen every day in Wisconsin. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 724 fatal crashes on Wisconsin roads in 2006. If you’ve been in a car accident and are looking for information about how to assess your rights and responsibilities and where to go for help, you’ve come to the right spot. Our car accident articles cover relevant issues such as fault, insurance, claims, personal injury, property damage, government liability, and structured settlements. You will also find rules, laws and other information specific to the state of Wisconsin, and links to Wisconsin personal injury attorneys who can assess the value of your claim and provide advice on your best course of action.
Wisconsin Car Accident Articles:
Wisconsin Car Accident Lawyers:
Find an experienced Wisconsin Car Accident Attorney at AttorneyPages.com
Post your case to a Wisconsin Car Accident Lawyer (it’s free, with no obligations)
Post your auto accident question on the Free Advice Auto Accidents and Vehicle Claims forum
Special Rules for Wisconsin Car Accidents:
Wisconsin Fault: Proportional Comparative Fault
Wisconsin Car Insurance Requirements/Limits: Bodily Injury & Property Damage Liability. Minimum Bodily Injury liability is $25,000 per person, up to a total of $50,000 per accident (if there is more than one person injured). Minimum property damage liability is $10,000.
Wisconsin Small Claims Limit: $5,000
Wisconsin Personal Injury Statute of Limitations: Three years from the date of the injury, or if the injury could not have been discovered right away, from the date you discovered the injury.
Wisconsin Auto Accidents Involving Government Vehicles: Notice to File Against Government: If you were injured in a car accident caused by a government employee, you may sue the government agency —the city or town, county or state, public agency, school—that employs that person.
For claims against the federal government use form 95 and follow the instructions on page 2.
For claims against the state of Wisconsin, use the Wisconsin Notice of Injury and Claim Form and follow the directions contained in the form.
For claims against a county government employee, contact the county in which you want to file your lawsuit, see Wisconsin Personal Injury Venue below, for the proper forms and time limits.
For claims against a city government employee, contact the city in which you want to file your lawsuit, see Wisconsin Personal Injury Venue below for the proper forms and time limits.
In dealing with accidents involving government entities and workers, be aware that there are special notices that must be filed against the appropriate government unit responsible for your injury within a certain time period (120 days in Wisconsin, 180 days for medical malpractice) and BEFORE filing a lawsuit. These notices of claims are basically administrative hoops the city/state government make you jump through and may be different than the statute of limitations against private parties. The government often declines to reimburse you for your loss and a lawsuit may have to be filed anyway, but nonetheless these notices are required. Any mistakes in filing or filing on time could result in losing your ability to recover for your damages and injuries. Each government entity has its own separate time limit and the rules can be confusing. Check the form you are filling out and be sure to inquire about the time limit for filing your claim. Accident claims involving the government can be complicated. You should consult with an experienced Wisconsin auto accident attorney right away to preserve your rights. See also Car Accidents Involving the Government-Owned Vehicles and Government Workers..
Wisconsin Personal Injury Venue (Where to File Lawsuit): In the small claims or circuit court located where the defendant (the person you are suing) lives or does business. Alternatively, you might consider filing in a court located where the accident occurred or where you live or do business. If you are filing a claim against a government agency and are unsure of which agency is responsible, the most prudent course is to file a separate claim against each.