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I was injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident. There were no other vehicles involved. Do I need a Wisconsin motorcycle lawyer?
It depends on the circumstances. About one-quarter of all Wisconsin motorcycle wrecks are single-vehicle motorcycle crashes. In the past ten years, more than 10,000 motorcycle riders were killed and over 250,000 were injured in single-vehicle motorcycle accidents.
Our Wisconsin motorcycle lawyers advise riders who are involved in single-vehicle motorcycle crash not to assume that they are automatically at fault. There are many factors that can contribute to single-vehicle motorcycle accidents. One of the most common is swerving or braking to avoid a reckless driver.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 40 percent of single-vehicle motorcycle crashes occur when the rider uses defense maneuvers to avoid a reckless driver or road hazard. Other factors include equipment malfunctions and dangerous road conditions.
Consulting with a Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorney is a good idea if you believe external conditions contributed to your motorcycle crash or if you are having difficulty getting full compensation from your insurance company.
You can learn more about insurance compensation and your rights after a Wisconsin motorcycle crash in The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. To request your free copy, fill out the form in the side-bar. If you would like to discuss your situation with a Wisconsin personal injury lawyer, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. The initial consultation is free and there is no obligation, so come in and find out if the insurance company is treating you fairly.
I’d like my child to be safe in the event of a Wisconsin car crash. What is the best car seat for me to use?
According to Wisconsin car accident attorney Jason Abraham, there is not a single “best” car seat. All car seats sold in the United States must meet the same government standards for crash and fire safety. However, to meet these standards, the seat must be installed properly and used correctly.
There are three basic types of car seats:
- Infant-only car seats
- Convertible car seats
- Booster seats
Infant car seats are rear-facing. They have a weight limit of between 22 and 35 pounds. A baby who has reached the height or weight limit for his infant seat should be moved to a rear-facing convertible car seat.
Convertible car seats can be used in both the rear-facing seats and forward-facing position. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children be placed in a rear-facing car seat until the age of 2, but it is safest to leave your child facing the rear until he reaches the rear-facing limit for the seat.
Only children who are at least four years old and weigh at least 40 pounds should use booster seats. These seats position the car seat’s seat belt so the child can use it safely.
Our Wisconsin car accident attorneys suggest that parents check NHTSA’s ease of use ratings to learn which seats are easiest for parents to install. Parents should also get their car seat installation checked at their local fire or police station.
For more information about child safety visit our online library. To discuss a car accident with a Wisconsin accident injury lawyer, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. The initial consultation is free.
I was injured in a motorcycle accident near Appleton. It wasn’t my fault. I hired a lawyer and we filed a lawsuit against the truck driver who turned in front of me, but I don’t like some of the decisions my lawyer has made about my case. Can I fire my lawyer?
Yes, you can fire your lawyer. However, you might decide that firing your lawyer isn’t the smartest idea, after you read this whole article.
Who’s the boss?
The fact is, you are the employer here. Your lawyer is your employee. You hired him, and if you find his performance unsatisfactory, then you can fire him.
But your power as “boss” goes beyond this. Your case is your case. Your lawyer cannot commit to anything without your approval. Your lawyer can’t accept a settlement with the insurance company unless you give your okay—and he can’t stop you if you want to accept that settlement, either.
You say you don’t like all the decisions your lawyer has made, but he cannot put any decisions into place unless you give the go-ahead. So are you complaining that you didn’t stand up to your lawyer? You can’t fairly blame your attorney for that.
Are you getting the best legal advice?
Perhaps you don’t like the advice you’re getting from your lawyer. If it’s a matter of not understanding why he is recommending some course of action, you have the right to ask he explain his reasoning. Don’t let him confuse you with legal jargon. Tell him to teach you to understand why he wants things done in a particular way. Part of his job is to persuade you to accept his advice, and that means you may need some fine points of law explained in detail. A good personal injury lawyer should have no problem with that.
On the other hand, your attorney is —we hope—approaching your case with an extensive background in Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawsuits. He may be giving the best advice possible in light of the specific details of your case. It may not be fair to blame your attorney if your particular case is only likely to have a modest recovery, or if other barriers exist to your getting what you think you deserve.
Can you afford to fire your lawyer?
Most Wisconsin personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis: they do not charge you for their legal services at the start, but instead take a portion of your eventual settlement or damage award. The precise amount your lawyer gets will be spelled out in the representation agreement or contract you signed after he decided to take on your case; it’s generally 30 to 40 percent of the total.
If you fire your lawyer after he has performed work on your case, he is still entitled to be paid for the work he’s done. In some cases—again, this depends on your representation agreement—he may be able to bill you at his usual hourly rate for the time he spent on your case. This would be presented as a lien, or claim on your eventual settlement.
Otherwise, your attorney may be able to hold to the original contingency claim, and take his portion—one-third, or 35 percent, or forty percent, or whatever you originally agreed to—from your final settlement.
That’s why it might not be in your best financial interest to fire your lawyer. If your first lawyer claims 35 percent of your settlement, and the lawyer you hired second claims 40 percent, then you only get a quarter of the settlement amount. That may not leave you with enough to cover your medical expenses and lost wages after a serious Wisconsin motorcycle collision.
Of course, it’s your decision. Only you can decide if getting rid of a lawyer you don’t trust or respect is worth the financial penalty you will face down the road.
The Best Approach: Hire the Right Lawyer in the First Place
At Hupy and Abraham, we’ve been fired by clients before. There have also been occasions when clients, dissatisfied with their original lawyers, have asked us to represent them. It happens in every law practice. We don’t encourage anyone to leave their current lawyers, but we recognize that sometimes personalities clash.
Our Appleton motorcycle crash lawyers think that the best way to guarantee a potential client can be happy with our services is to make sure he understands our law firm from the outset. That’s why we will give potential clients a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, whenever they request it when calling for a free consultation about their case.
You can contact us at 920-882-8382 (local) or (800) 800-5678 (toll-free) today to learn how we can help you with your Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawsuit. Getting to know your attorney’s views and values is the essential first step to finding representation you can be comfortable with.
I’m still unsure if I’m ready to learn to ride a motorcycle. How can I tell if I’m the right sort of person to be a rider?
Riding a motorcycle in Illinois is fun, but it requires certain skills that not all people possess. Even the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) believes that motorcycling is not for everybody.
In a related post, we included five questions that the MSF proposes to help you determine if motorcycle riding is right for you. Here are five more.
- Are you safety minded? If you are accident prone, or if you think it’s okay to operate a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol, you are more likely to end up in a Gurnee motorcycle crash.
- Do you take care of equipment you use that has some risk associated with it? You will have to maintain your motorcycle, wear proper gear when riding, and take necessary safety precautions.
- Can you focus? To ride a motorcycle safely means to be keenly aware of what is going on 360 degrees around you.
- Can you respond quickly and appropriately in an emergency? You must have the skills to react when crisis situations arise.
- Are you willing to spend time learning how to handle a motorcycle properly and safely? Obviously, learning the right way to ride is important.
If you are injured in a motorcycle wreck in Gurnee caused by a less-than-skillful driver, get a highly skillful Gurnee bike crash attorney. Contact Hupy and Abraham toll free at 800-800-5678 or locally at 414-223-4800. Use our online contact form for a FREE, no-obligation consultation. You can also request our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
Why should I get help to deal with my shock after a Wisconsin motorcycle wreck?
If you have suffered psychological shock related to a Wisconsin motorcycyle crash, or know someone who is struggling with the mental aftereffects of a traumatic Madison bike wreck, you should seek help immediately. The following information may be helpful for those considering seeking professional help to combat after sustaining motorcycle accident shock:
- There are two main causes of psychological shock, both of which could be experienced due to a Wisconsin motorcycle accident. One cause of shock is hearing emotional news such as the death of a friend or family member. The other cause of shock is being involved in a traumatic event such as a motorcycle accident.
- Psychological shock can consume your life if left untreated, and you may begin to fixate or obsess about the event, making it difficult to maintain daily relationships and duties.
- It is possible to have a delayed presentation of shock, or “delayed shock.” These symptoms may come to light anywhere between hours or even sometimes years following the traumatic event.
- If the symptoms of shock are left untreated and allowed to continue and the shock victim finds it difficult to return to normal life, there is a risk that they may have developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is more difficult to treat, and can make a variety of daily activities seem difficult or impossible.
If you or someone you know is trying to cope with shock after a Wisconsin bike collision, contact the Madison bike wreck lawyers Hupy and Abraham toll-free at 800-800-5678 or locally at 608-277-7777to order your FREE copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. Call today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation with our team. We want to help get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
My Gurnee motorcycle isn’t fancy. Why would anyone want to steal it?
It’s not always expensive Harley Davidsons that are stolen. According to the Motorcycle Cruiser website, there are a number of reasons why someone may steal your bike.
- Someone sees an opportunity. You’ve left your bike vulnerable by parking it in a dark, secluded area, or you don’t have sufficient locks or alarms to dissuade a thief.
- A thrill-seeker is looking for a joy ride. Perhaps a less-than-scrupulous individual or group of individuals just wants to grab your bike for a joy ride. After having their fun, they simply ditch the bike, dismantle it for parts, alter the VIN and resell the bike, or smuggle it out of the country and sell it as-is.
- Your motorcycle is on a thief’s shopping list. A thief may be looking for a certain make of bike that he knows he can get rid of. This may include motorcycles that:
- Are frequently wrecked;
- Have racing potential;
- Have a special engine, such as a car-racing formula class;
- Are customized; or
- Are sold in great numbers.
Don’t assume that your bike is safe from motorcycle theft in Gurnee. Take steps to ensure that it is safe from not only motorcycle wrecks in Gurnee but also enterprising thieves. If you ever need a Gurnee bike crash lawyer, contact Hupy and Abraham toll free at 800-800-5678 or locally at 414-223-4800. Use our online contact form for a FREE, no-obligation consultation. You can also request our FREE books, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims and Secrets Your Insurance Agent Won’t Tell You About Buying Motorcycle or Car Insurance.
Why do I need a lawyer to help in my broken clavicle case after a Wisconsin motorcycle accident?
If you have been in a Madison motorcycle crash, then you’re very likely dealing with a great many issues already. Figuring out how to receive financial compensation for a broken collarbone should not be among your worries. The following are reasons to consider hiring a dedicated and experienced motorcycle crash lawyer:
- A specialist lawyer like the Madison bike wreck lawyers at Hupy and Abraham have plenty of experience dealing with injuries caused by a Wisconsin motorcycle wreck. Hiring a lawyer with specific knowledge of motorcycle insurance and personal injury following a bike crash could mean the difference between winning or losing money from your case.
- Hupy and Abraham have been working specifically to represent Wisconsin residents who have been in a motorcycle accident, which means that their knowledge of state laws and insurance intricacies are a tremendous asset to your case.
- An experienced lawyer will be better able to negotiate fair compensation for your injuries and all the pain and suffering that results. It is in the insurance company’s best interest to under-compensate the injured, and lower settlements are automatically offered to those without legal representation.
- It is also helpful to have a Wisconsin bike accident attorney on your side in the courtroom in the case of a disputed claim. A competant motorcycle wreck attorney like those at Hupy and Abraham will make sure you receive fair representation.
If you or someone you know is seeking legal representation after breaking a collarbone in a Wisconsin bike crash, contact the Madison bike wreck lawyers Hupy and Abraham toll-free at 800-800-5678 or locally at 608-277-7777to order your FREE copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. Call today to schedule a confidential, free consultation with our team. We want to set you on the road to financial as well as medical recovery.
I think I want to learn how to ride a motorcycle, but I’m not sure I can do it. What can I do to be sure?
This question requires a complex answer, so we’ll talk about various factors that you should consider when determining whether motorcycle riding in Gurnee is for you. We’ll cover some in this issue and some in a later one.
These questions are adapted from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s website.
- Do you take more risks than other people you know? If so, maybe you shouldn’t ride a motorcycle. If you tailgate, change lanes or turn without signaling, or lose your temper with other drivers, don’t ride a motorcycle. Gurnee motorcycle crashes happen more to risk-takers than to cautious riders.
- Can you ride a bicycle? If you can balance on and maneuver a bike easily, you should be able to master the art of motorcycle riding.
- Can you drive a car with a stick shift? If so, you may learn how to shift gears on a motorcycle more easily. If you have trouble shifting gears on a car, but you still want to ride a bike, try a motor scooter first; they usually have automatic transmissions.
- Do you have good vision? Seeing well ahead of you is imperative for safe motorcycle riding.
- Are you mechanically inclined? You don’t need advanced skills, but you should be able to use a wrench and a tire pressure gauge. You should be able to make an occasional adjustment when necessary.
If you or any other rider you know gets into a motorcycle accident in Gurnee and needs a Gurnee motorcycle wreck attorney, contact Hupy and Abraham toll free at 800-800-5678 or locally at 414-223-4800. Use our online contact form for a FREE, no-obligation consultation. You can also request our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
What are some ways I could have my Wisconsin speeding ticket dismissed?
Speeding laws in Wisconsin are absolute, and both the quantity and severity of a speeding violation can seriously affect your auto insurance premium and driving record. Knowing how to proceed after receiving a Wisconsin speed limit violation citation could mean the difference between walking away with a fine, or facing a substantial insurance cost increase.
The following are steps you can take to try and have your Madison speeding ticket revoked:
- Plead not guilty and be proactive in scheduling a court date.
- Make a note of any serious errors on the ticket. An admissible mistake does not include a wrongly spelled name or misidentified vehicle color; look at the location of the incident, the make and model of your vehicle, and the type of statute cited. A mistake in any of these areas can result in the dismissal of your ticket.
- Note any inconsistencies with the officer’s report. If the police officer who issued your ticket reports several different speeds, or has contradicted himself in his reports of the handling of the incident, bring up these discrepancies in order to provide room for reasonable doubt.
- Request a dismissal from either the officer who issued your citation or with the judge if he is present.
- Stay polite, patient, and professional. Never raise your voice or become personally defensive when addressing the judge. Remaining objective and clear-headed will reflect far better on you and your case than any biting or sarcastic remarks toward the judge or the police officer.
- When in doubt, contact an experienced and dedicated lawyer.
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.