Involvement in a traffic accident can be one of the most traumatic experiences a person may have in their lifetime. Depending on the seriousness of the accident along with actions taken by both parties immediately following the accident, traffic accidents can have long-term consequences for all involved.
Wisconsin Law Explained
The state laws of Wisconsin are quite clear in respects to the responsibilities of a motorist involved in traffic accidents in the moments that follow the accident:
- The laws of Wisconsin mandate the motorists involved in accidents stop their vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so, identify themselves to either the other driver or a companion of the other driver, and present a license to operate a motor vehicle in the state of Wisconsin.
- In addition to these requirements, it is also required that motorist involved in accidents provide what is legally termed as ‘reasonable assistance’ to drivers and/or passengers of other vehicles involved in the accident. Reasonable Assistant provisions mandate when the other party of an accident has suffered injury or is unresponsive motorist are bound by law to render aid. This aid can include alerting emergency personnel or transporting injured parties to receive medical attention.
Failure to Provide Reasonable Assistance: Possible Consequences
Failure to provide Reasonable Assistance after an accident can result in serious consequences. The punishment range is broad and is a direct function of the accident’s severity:
• Accidents involving no injuries are misdemeanor offenses punishable by up to a $1000 fine and 6 months in jail.
• Accidents involving minor injuries are Class A misdemeanors offenses punishable by up to a $3000 fine and 9 months in jail.
• Accidents involving great bodily harm are Class E felony offenses punishable by up to a $50,000 fine and 15 years in prison.
• Accidents involving death will most likely be classified a Class D felony offense punishable by up to a $100,000 fine and 25 years in prison.
How lawyers can help
Motorists who have failed to provide reasonable assistance or feel they have been falsely accused of failing to offer reasonable assistance should seek legal counsel immediately. The financial implications and the threat of confinement in these cases are serious matters and an experienced attorney is needed to minimize exposure to potential punitive action.
When injured by another motorist that fails to offer reasonable assistance, the services of a personal injury lawyer may be needed. A good personal injury attorney can provide service that will ease the financial burden that results from injuries sustained in an accident and assure that injured parties receive the compensation they deserve.
Injured parties in need of an excellent Wisconsin personal injury attorney should look no further than the experienced attorneys at McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel to protect their interest in court.