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How is a Wisconsin motorcycle accident different from a car crash?

Although motorcyclists must follow the same rules of the road as drivers of cars, insurance companies and juries view these accidents quite differently. If your Wisconsin motorcycle lawyer does not understand these differences, you may lose your Wisconsin motorcycle accident case.

  • People who are not motorcyclists must be taught how motorcycles work. This lack of knowledge can work against the motorcyclist, even if he is not at fault. If a juror is unfamiliar with the basics of motorcycle riding, he may not realize that a motorcyclist must maintain his speed in order to keep bike stable. Because he doesn’t know that motorcyclists cannot make sudden stops, he may think the motorcyclist was traveling at excessive speed.
  • Many non-motorcyclists unfairly perceive all motorcyclists as reckless daredevils. This stereotype is propagated by the media and by riders who weave in and out of traffic. An experienced Wisconsin motorcycle lawyer will educate the jury about safe riding practices and show evidence that his client did whatever possible to avoid injury.
  • Jurors may be unfamiliar with the severity of Wisconsin motorcycle accident injuries. A juror who is not a motorcyclist may associate road rash with the scraped skin one can get after a bicycle accident. He may not realize the motorcycle road rash is an extremely painful injury that can require surgical treatment. Other common Wisconsin motorcycle accident injuries are severe fractures, amputations and brain injuries. The motorcycle accident attorney must inform the jury about the severity of the injuries.

Insurance companies understand these biases and, if allowed, will take advantage of them. 

Learn more about what to do after a Wisconsin motorcycle crash in our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. Click on the link at the side of the page to request your free copy. To discuss your claim with an experienced Wisconsin motorcycle accident injury lawyer, schedule a free consultation with Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.