17 Common Car Accident Injuries in Wisconsin

Car accidents in Wisconsin often produce debilitating injuries that leave accident victims severely incapacitated for a long time. In some car crash scenarios, an injured driver or passenger might suffer a permanent injury, which causes them some degree of pain and suffering for the rest of their life. Fortunately, car accident victims who suffer injuries due to someone else’s negligence might be able to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit seeking monetary damages for their accident-related losses. 

If you recently suffered injuries in a car crash due to others’ negligence, you want a skilled and compassionate team of attorneys on your side aggressively advocating for you along the way. At Mingo & Yankala, S.C. Accident & Injury Lawyers, our knowledgeable Wisconsin car accident attorneys could investigate your accident circumstances for you and determine if you can file a personal injury claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. 

If so, we could help you gather the necessary documents and submit the claim on your behalf. After aggressively negotiating with the insurance company, we could file a lawsuit in your case if the insurance company refuses to compensate you fairly for all of your injuries. 

Please do not delay seeking the legal evaluation you need following car accident injuries. Our legal team can assess your rights at no cost to you. 


17 Common Car Accident Injuries in Wisconsin

In a car accident scenario, it is very common for involved drivers and passengers to suffer serious injuries. Since every motor vehicle accident case is different, the injuries that accident victims may suffer will differ from case to case, depending upon the circumstances. Some factors that may affect an accident victim’s injuries include the speeds of the involved vehicles, the number of vehicles involved in the crash, the force of the collision(s), and the movements of the accident victim’s body during the crash. 

Seventeen of the most common injuries that car crash victims may suffer in Wisconsin include:

  1. External head injuries 
  2. Traumatic brain injuries (including a concussion or coma)
  3. Face injuries
  4. Eye injuries
  5. Mouth injuries
  6. Jaw and teeth injuries
  7. Soft tissue neck and back contusions
  8. Bone fractures (including knee, shoulder, or ankle fractures)
  9. Complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries (including vertebrae fractures)
  10. Full and partial paralysis injuries
  11. Bruises
  12. Open lacerations that require stitches
  13. Rib fractures
  14. Breathing or swallowing problems
  15. Internal organ damage (such as intestinal injuries)
  16. Internal bleeding
  17. Burn injuries

If you suffered any of these injuries in your recent car accident, you must get the medical treatment you need right away. Additionally, you must complete your medical treatment regimen by attending all of the necessary appointments – and treating with your medical provider until they formally discharge you from care. 

If you skip medical appointments or discharge yourself from ongoing care early, the insurance company may become skeptical of your injuries, believing them not to be serious. As a result, the insurance company might refuse to offer you fair monetary compensation in your personal injury case. 


Hospitalizations from Crashes

Following a car accident in Wisconsin, always get the necessary medical treatment. Even if you do not require emergency transportation to the hospital, you should visit the ER if you have any symptoms or signs of injuries. Many injuries are invisible, so a medical evaluation is critical to diagnose these conditions and start treatment, which might involve spending some time in the hospital. You might also stay in the hospital if you need surgery to repair an injury. 

While you are in the hospital and seeking other medical treatment, our legal team can begin advocating for you by gathering your medical documentation and investigating the circumstances of your accident. Once your medical treatment is complete, we could help you assemble a settlement demand package and begin negotiating with the at-fault driver’s insurance company for monetary damages.


Wisconsin Car Accident Statistics

According to the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation, motor vehicle accidents continue to be an unfortunate problem. In fact, in 2022 alone, there were 547 fatal crashes, 25,071 crashes that led to physical injuries, and 103,212 accidents that led to some type of property damage. The total number of accidents comes to 128,830.

These car accidents resulted from various circumstances, from distracted driving to road rage to operating while under the influence (OWI). If you suffered injuries in a recent Wisconsin car accident, you should have experienced legal help on your side right away. 

Our team could investigate your accident circumstances and even retain a certified accident reconstructionist when necessary to identify the cause of the crash. We can then determine your eligibility to file an injury claim seeking monetary damages from one or more insurance companies.


Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents in Wisconsin may occur for a variety of reasons. One of the most common causes of car crashes is another driver’s failure to follow various rules of the road. Common traffic law violations that lead to traffic accidents include:

  • Failing to yield the right-of-way to other vehicles
  • Failing to use mirrors, lane change warning devices, and backup cameras properly while driving – and while backing out of parking spaces
  • Excessive speeding
  • Failing to activate a turn signal when switching lanes in traffic or turning onto a different road

In addition to these common road rule violations, traffic accidents may happen when drivers exhibit road rage. “Road rage” simply means aggressive driving and may occur when other drivers become frustrated with heavy traffic or slower-moving vehicles. For example, a driver might exhibit road rage when they honk their horn aggressively, tailgate other vehicles, weave in and around traffic, or pass other vehicles in a designated no-passing zone. Unfortunately, drivers exhibiting these reckless maneuvers may inadvertently cause a car crash.

Car accidents may also occur when drivers fail to watch the road attentively. For example, they might look at a cell phone, GPS navigation system, or other electronic devices. Alternatively, they might be roughhousing with vehicle passengers, adjusting the volume on their stereo, or listening to loud music, preventing them from fully concentrating on the road in front of them. 

Finally, a driver might cause a serious accident if they come under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Intoxicated drivers frequently have difficulty concentrating on the road. They also experience various physical and mental symptoms, including blurred vision, delayed reflexes, and impaired reaction time. Consequently, an intoxicated driver might not be able to see another vehicle, or they may not be able to stop their vehicle in time to avoid a serious crash.

If you suffered injuries due to another driver’s negligence, you are not alone. Our legal team could help you file a personal injury claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company and work to secure the favorable monetary compensation you need and deserve for your injuries. 


What to Do if You’re Injured in a Car Accident

If you recently suffered Car Accident Injuries, there are several important steps you should take, including the following:

  • Call 9-1-1 from the accident scene
  • Exchange contact and insurance information with all other involved drivers
  • Speak to the police officer and request that they prepare a police report
  • Go to the hospital and follow through with all medical treatment recommendations
  • Treat continuously for your accident-related injuries 
  • Retain copies of medical records, medical bills, police reports, income statements, and other important documents in your case, and forward those documents to your attorney 
  • Speak with a knowledgeable Wisconsin car accident attorney as soon as possible about your case, legal rights, and options


Related Legal Insights

The injured accident victim must first satisfy their legal burden to recover monetary compensation in a car accident case. Specifically, they need to demonstrate that another driver behaved in an unreasonable, careless, intoxicated, or reckless manner under the circumstances. Next, they must show that the at-fault driver’s negligence proximately caused their motor vehicle crash. Finally, they need to show that they suffered at least one physical injury as a direct result of their motor vehicle accident.

Our experienced legal team could help you retain one or more medical experts to causally relate your injuries to the subject car accident. A medical expert might also be able to draft a favorable medical report in your case and testify at a deposition – or live in court – that you suffered at least one permanent physical impairment in your accident.


Free Consultation; No Fees Unless We Win.

At Mingo & Yankala, S.C. Accident & Injury Lawyers, we welcome the opportunity to aggressively fight for your legal rights and interests. Our firm does not take a fee unless and until you recover monetary compensation for your injuries – either through a favorable settlement offer or litigation result in the Wisconsin court system. Let us help you recover the monetary compensation you need for your accident-related injuries and losses. 

For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Wisconsin car accident attorney, please call us at (414) 404-6889 or contact us online for additional information.