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How do you determine who’s at fault in a serious Wisconsin motorcycle accident?

That’s why we went to law school.

Determining who is responsible for causing a traffic accident is far from simple, yet it is the crucial part of any attempt to recover compensation for our clients. A traffic crash near Appleton or Green Bay can involve a dozen or more people who are potentially at fault; proving where the blame lies is one of the hardest parts of a Wisconsin personal injury case.

There is a certain level of bias against motorcyclists in our society—so much so that a common reaction to any serious Wisconsin motorcycle accident is to blame the rider. That’s not only unfair, it’s also wrong in the majority of accidents involving two or more vehicles. We know from experience that police reports and witness statements can be in error. A good lawyer looks beyond those initial levels of evidence in order to find the truth.

At Hupy and Abraham, our Appleton bike crash lawyers are experienced in investigating issues of responsibility, liability, and negligence. You can learn more about our approach by ordering a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.


Responsibility: why is it so important?

A successful lawsuit begins with tracing the chain of cause and effect backwards to see whose actions (or inactions) made the accident happen. If that person acted in a way that a reasonable person could see would have a significant risk of harming others, then that person is said to have been negligent. A negligent person can be sued to recover the costs of all injuries, losses, and harms that proceed from his or her flawed decision; he is said to be liable for both economic and non-economic damages.

Every motor vehicle accident in Wisconsin is unique, with a different set of people who could potentially be liable for damages. A typical list might include, among others:
  • the drivers 
  • the manufacturer of your motorcycle, its tires, or other parts 
  • the people who repair or maintain the vehicles
  • the business which owns a commercial vehicle involved in the accident
  • the workers or government agency responsible for road upkeep or road signs
  • the tavern owner who served alcohol to a drunk driver.

As you can see, determining who is really responsible for causing a traffic accident can be a bewildering puzzle involving many people. Proving fault can require in-depth investigation and even recreating the incident.

Proving fault or negligence is the linchpin for any Wisconsin personal injury case. If you have been involved in a serious Wisconsin motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you will find that hiring an attorney early in the process improves your chances of getting full compensation for all you have lost. For a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney, call Hupy and Abraham at 920-882-8382 (local) or (800) 800-5678 (toll-free). We sincerely want to help you.