In 2010, some 4,633 Americans died in motorcycle accidents. More than 70,000 were injured. One hundred and nine of these fatal accidents occurred in Wisconsin, accounting for 13.4 percent of all motor vehicle accidents.
In Wisconsin, we love our motorcycles. However, both motorcyclists and drivers need to remember that motorcyclists are more likely than drivers of passenger cars to sustain serious injuries in an accident. This is simply because motorcycles offer less protection than other vehicles.
According to the national Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s FARS database (Fatality Analysis Reporting System), almost half of all fatal Wisconsin motorcycle accidents involved a collision with another motor vehicle. Most of these accidents were due to negligence on the part of the driver of the passenger vehicle. In many cases, the driver simply didn’t see the motorcyclist. These accidents are preventable.
If your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence or recklessness of another driver, you have the right to be angry. You deserve accountability. The law allows you to get this accountability through a wrongful death lawsuit. If a negligent driver is responsible for your loss, you may qualify for monetary compensation for any medical bills, burial costs, lost income and other economic losses as well as your pain and suffering.
Depending on the circumstances, you and your family may also be eligible to seek punitive damages, a form of compensation designed to punish those who intentionally harm or endanger the safety of others. To learn more, contact a Wisconsin wrongful death attorney.
At Hupy and Abraham, our Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers are also motorcyclists. This is why we started our “Watch for Motorcycles” campaign. We have spent over $100,000 to educate the public to watch for motorcyclists through free bumper stickers, billboards, newspaper ads, and televised public service announcements. To request your free bumper sticker, click here. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 1-800-800-5678.