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What do I need to know about Wisconsin hit-and-run laws?
The state of Wisconsin considers it a criminal offense to leave the scene after being involved in a car accident. If someone leaves the scene of an accident which resulted in injury, he could face jail time.
Even if the accident has only caused damage to property, in Wisconsin you are legally required to stop your vehicle. Failing to do so could have serious consequences:
- If you leave the scene of an accident that did not result in any injuries, you may be charged with a misdemeanor and be subject to fines ranging from $300 to $1,000. You could also face up to six months of jail time.
- If the car crash caused minor injuries, you’re likely to be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, and risk facing up to nine months in jail as well as fines as high as $10,000.
- If anyone involved in the accident suffered “great bodily harm” and you flee the scene, you face a felony charge that could mean up to 15 years in jail and a $50,000 fine.
- In the unlikely event that you flee the scene of a crash that has resulted a fatality, the penalty could include up to 25 years in jail plus a fine of $100,000.
If you have been injured in a Wisconsin hit-and-run car accident, contact the Appleton car accident lawyers of Hupy and Abraham. Contact us online or call us at 920-882-8382 (or toll-free at 800-800-5678) to schedule a free consultation and get your FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Auto Accident Victims as well as a FREE DVD Valuable Information Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know!
I have been out of work for a long time, and now I have been a victim of a motorcycle accident. Will my unemployment affect the settlement I will get?
Probably. Of course, every person’s situation is different, and your Wisconsin motorcycle accident law firm is the best resource you have to advise you on the specifics of your case. But we can discuss some general issues that may arise in a case where an unemployed accident victim seeks compensation for his injuries.
This is a more common situation than you might realize. Unemployment has been a serious and persistent problem across the United States since December 2007, the start of what some economists call “The Great Recession.” In recent months, work opportunities have expanded, but not enough to rehire all the people who lost jobs. Consequently, America has a far larger number of long-term unemployed persons than usual. This is especially true in the upper Midwest, including Wisconsin, where recovery from the recession has been slow.
Here’s how your long-term unemployment may affect your eventual motorcycle injury settlement:
- No income means no compensation from lost wages. A personal injury lawsuit will usually ask for money to compensate the victim for his time away from work. That doesn’t apply in the case of someone with no job.
- Your expected lifetime earnings also go down. In the case where an accident victim has been partly or totally disabled, a lawsuit typically asks for compensation for the loss of lifetime earnings. If you’re unemployed, your earnings potential will be given less weight, and your personal injury settlement will probably be smaller.
- Your loss of unemployment benefits may increase your settlement. If you are even temporarily unable to look for work due to your injuries, you cannot certify that you are ready to accept work, and thus you cannot claim unemployment benefits that you might have been receiving. Because this loss of benefits flows directly from your accident, your Wisconsin motorcycle accident law firm should work to recover those lost benefits from the insurance company.
- Your lost opportunities for professional development may increase your settlement. As a result of your injury, you may be unable to participate in schooling or job-training programs that would eventually have set you on the path to a higher income. Your case is further strengthened if you can prove you were enrolled — or planning to enroll — in an educational program. Your settlement may be increased both by any nonrefundable tuition you have paid plus the loss of your future expanded earnings potential.
A good Wisconsin motorcycle accident law firm considers all the avenues to getting the maximum compensation for its client. At Hupy and Abraham, we make every effort to seek recovery for our clients for the costs of medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
If you have been hurt in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident, you need an Appleton motorcycle accident attorney. Call us toll-free at 800-800-5678 for a FREE, no-obligation evaluation of your case. Even if you don’t hire us, we would like to send you a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
What is the first thing I should do if I am hit by car while riding my motorcycle?
Seek the proper medical treatment. Unfortunately, many Gurnee motorcycle accident injuries are so severe that an ambulance will take you to the hospital without you even knowing.
What Gurnee motorcycle accident lawyers in our office want to stress, however, is that it is important to seek immediate medical attention for even minor injuries. It is not uncommon for serious head injuries to cause no more than a major headache, which is why you should get yourself checked out right away to rule out internal bleeding or a serious concussion.
The same goes for neck and back injuries. You may feel fine now, but that pain could get worse if left unattended. Hairline fractures or serious sprains or strains often accompany even the most minor motorcycle accidents, especially if it involves another vehicle striking your body. A visit to the emergency room and a follow-up with your family physician is the best way to ensure your complete safety.
Getting prompt and expert medical attention is the first step. The second step is up to you: follow-through. If your doctor ordered special medical tests, make sure you show up on time for those appointments. Fill your prescribed medications and take them according to the schedule you were given.
Finally, it is also important to document your treatment, in order to prove your injury to the at-fault party’s insurance company. Make sure your medical providers know that the injury could be related to a motorcycle accident, in case they need to run additional tests.
If you have been injured in a Gurnee motorcycle accident, call Hupy and Abraham today at 800.800.5678 for your complimentary case evaluation and free book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
Do I have a Madison motorcycle accident case?
In Wisconsin, the person or entity who is at fault for your motorcycle accident and injury is responsible for the consequences of the crash—damages that could include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, permanent injuries, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.
In the wake of a serious Madison motorcycle accident, it is vital to know what caused your crash and whether or not your injuries could have been prevented if not for the negligence of someone else. There is an array of causes of motorcycle accidents and the at-fault party may not be readily apparent, especially in the minutes and hours after the crash. Bike accidents may be caused by distracted driving, reckless driving, speeding, driving under the influence, tailgating, poor road design, poor road conditions, or equipment failure—just to name a few possibilities.
It is important to understand that all WI motorcycle accidents are different—and that you may not fully understand the cause of your bike accident and injuries until you speak with an attorney. The best way to know whether or not you have a motorcycle accident personal injury lawsuit is to speak with a Madison motorcycle accident attorney and let him or her review the evidence related your case. At Hupy & Abraham, we offer injury victims no-obligation consultations where we will listen to your story and let you know your best legal options. Call us today at (800) 800-5678.
What are some great spring destinations for Madison motorcyclists?
Spring is almost here, and you’re probably eager to take that bike and get out of Madison for a while. Where to go? How about Mount Horeb?
Just 36 minutes and 22 miles west of Madison, the Trollway in Mount Horeb is lined with 15 trees that have been carved into life-size trolls.
Traveling west of the town and into what locals from Norway call the Valley of the Elves, you will find Little Norway, once the homestead of Norwegian immigrants. An open-air museum features restored pioneer buildings, including a stavkirke (medieval church) that was built in Little Norway for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Little Norway is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Not far from Little Norway, you can explore the remarkable stalactites and stalagmites of Cave of the Mounds. At a constant 50 degrees, the cave is open year round.
A few miles from Cave of the Mounds is Blue Mound State Park, which offers camping, hiking, off-road biking, and beautiful views of the surrounding area.
Mount Horeb has its Summer Frolic in June, an art fair in July, a brew fest in September, and the Fall Heritage Festival in October. There’s so much to do just a short motorcycle ride from Madison.
Celebrate spring as you explore our beautiful state. The Madison motorcycle accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham advise you to make sure you have proper motorcycle insurance and safety gear before you leave. Get our FREE book, Secrets Your Insurance Agent Won’t Tell You about Buying Motorcycle or Car Insurance. Visit our website or give us a call locally at 608-277-7777, or call our toll-free number at 1-888-277-4879.
What is Wisconsin's Direct Action Statute?
Wisconsin has a unique law that all Gurnee motorcycle riders need to know about, for those times you are riding through state.
The Direct Action Statute states that any insurer who covers negligent behavior on the part of the insured is liable for damages. In other words, if you are struck by a negligent motorist, you sue his or her insurance company as well as the driver who injured you. Remember, this is a Wisconsin law, but it can complicate matters for Illinois drivers who get in an accident in Wisconsin or for Wisconsin drivers who get in an accident in Illinois.
In states that don’t have a Direct Action law, you can sue only the party who injured you. If you are involved in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident, however, that state’s laws govern, and you may bring a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver’s insurance company.
While this law may seem simple, sometimes uncertainties can arise if the at-fault driver is a commercial trucker or an out-of-state driver. Since it is not uncommon for truckers and private drivers to cross state lines and cause a Milwaukee motorcycle accident or an accident in Illinois, we often have to study the situation and the law thoroughly to ensure we are filing a claim against the right party.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle wreck or other automotive accident, you may not be sure whom to file a claim against. The experienced and compassionate Gurnee motorcycle accident lawyers at Hupy & Abraham are ready to assist you in figuring out your case so you get the maximum possible settlement for your injuries. Give us a call at (800) 800-5678 for a free consultation. Just for calling, we will send you a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, even if you do not hire us as your legal representatives.
Is Wisconsin a no-fault insurance state?
No, the state of Wisconsin operates under a tort system, meaning that in the event of a car crash, someone must be determined to have been the cause of the accident. Fault must be established.
The tort auto insurance system is the most traditional and the most widely used auto insurance system in the United States, with 38 states currently employing the system. The Wisconsin fault laws require the person found to be at fault to cover expenses beyond just lost wages and property damages; they are responsible for reimbursing additional pain and suffering costs.
The tort system allows two options for insurance: full tort and limited tort. Full tort grants the injured party unlimited rights to pursue a lawsuit against the at-fault party. The option of full tort entails paying higher premiums in exchange for receiving more coverage. While the premium on the limited tort option is somewhat cheaper, limited tort insurance coverage will make it more challenging to win a claim, and in a sense amounts to signing away your rights in the event of an injury or accident.
After establishing fault in Wisconsin, the person found responsible for the crash will be required to cover all damages, which are typically handled through that person’s insurance company. Because fault must be established in the event of a Wisconsin car accident, many insurance companies advise all drivers to think about higher-than-required insurance coverages.
If you’ve experienced a Wisconsin car accident and have questions about your insurance coverage, contact us online or call us directly at 608-277-7777 or toll-free at 800-800-5678 for a free, no-obligaton consultation. We would be pleased to send you a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide For Automobile Accident Victims.
What are the most important safety tips for bicycles sharing the road with motor vehicles?
As a bicyclist, sharing the road with cars and other motor vehicles can be dangerous, and you are largely unprotected in the event of a crash. The following bike safety tips will make you a more responsible driver, and ultimately a safer one:
- Ride in a straight line. Weaving in and out of traffic increases your risk of being hit by a car. Be a predictable driver, and obey traffic signs and laws.
- Watch for car doors. Always try to leave room in case a door opens unexpectedly. The general rule is to maintain a three-foot gap between you and a parked car.
- Always look and signal before turning. Before turning or changing lanes, be sure to signal and to make eye contact with the driver in your immediate vicinity. Just because you see a driver does not guarantee that he sees you, so always make sure your intentions are known before taking action.
- Stay focused. Keep music players and cell phones in your bag while riding to prevent distraction and potential collisions. Letting your mind wander from the road demonstrates poor Wisconsin bike safety.
- Protect your head. The most important safety gear a bicyclist can wear is a helmet. Helmets have been proven to decrease the chance of a head injury should an accident happen.
- Be visible. During the day, keep your clothing brightly colored and clearly visible to drivers. When it’s dark, use reflective clothing and bright lights.
As a Wisconsin bicyclist, you will be sharing the road with motor vehicles. Car and truck drivers sometimes tend to overlook bikes, with tragic consequences. Because you are unprotected and vulnerable in any collision, you need to exercise extra caution in traffic.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident with a motor vehicle, the Wisconsin personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham want to help you. Contact us at 800-800-5678 (toll-free) or 414-223-4800 (local) to schedule a FREE consultation. We'd be pleased to send you a copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide For Automobile Accident Victims; it's FREE just for your asking, even if you don't choose us to represent you.
As a Wisconsin rider, why should I consider an anti-lock braking system for my motorcycle?
The motorcycle anti-lock braking system (ABS) was designed to prevent wheels from seizing up, or locking, thereby avoiding skidding and collisions. Anti-lock brakes are widely available as either standard equipment or an option for motorcycles. An ABS uses computer technology to sense when a wheel is about to lock up, and causes the brakes to automatically pump themselves while the driver applies steady pressure to the brakes. These actions work together to prevent a motorcyclist to slow or stop without skidding.
There is some question as to whether anti-lock brakes have any advantage over non-ABS bikes on dry roads. However, strong evidence shows that, in slippery conditions, motorcycles with ABS make straight and controlled stops while the non-ABS bike spins out.
On certain surfaces such as gravel or snow, braking distance may be increased by anti-lock brakes. However, at these instances, vehicle control is still improved by the presence of an ABS.
Anti-lock brakes may be particularly beneficial to a new motorcycle owner; many experienced riders find it easy to stop their non-ABS motorcycle in less time than an ABS bike by efficiently using front and rear braking while on dry pavement. Since many motorcyclists are not this experienced, and because emergency response is instinctive, bikes with anti-lock brakes are a wise safety precaution.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Green Bay or Appleton, contact Wisconsin motorcycle crash lawyers at Hupy and Abraham at 920-882-8382 or toll free at 800-800-5678. Ask about your FREE book and DVD: The Ultimate Guide for Auto Accident Victims and Valuable Information Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know!
Riding a motorcycle is all about feeling free. Do I really need all this hot and heavy gear?
For a Wisconsin rider, deciding not to wear protective motorcycle gear is simply not worth the risk. Apparel such as boots, jackets, and gloves help keep a minor “spill” from causing major injuries, and also help to minimize harm in major accidents. While some riders may find all of this protective gear to be uncomfortable, hot, or cumbersome, responsible riders know the importance of protecting themselves, and that sometimes “more comfortable” could mean “more dangerous.”
The following statistics show the differences between light and durable clothing in terms of protection:
- Jackets. The protection factor provided by wearing a light or medium jacket (i.e., cotton, denim, light leather) is only 69 percent, while a heavy jacket (leather, durable nylon, Kevlar) can provide a 92 percent protection factor in the event of a crash.
- Trousers: The protection factor with light or medium trousers is 65 percent, compared to 96 percent with heavy leather trousers. Of course, even in the summer, it is never advisable to wear shorts while biking.
- Footwear: Opting for “light footwear” such as street shoes or sneakers means choosing a 46 percent protection factor over the 93 percent offered by proper motorcycle boots. The crucial component of your footwear is that it must cover the entire foot and ankle.
- Gloves: With gloves, the difference is less dramatic; medium gloves afford a 93 percent protection factor compared with a 95 percent protection factor by heavy gloves. With gloves, it’s most important that they be non-slip, to enable better use of your bike’s controls.
If you have been hurt in a Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois motorcycle accident, contact the attorneys of Hupy & Abraham today at 800-800-5676 (toll-free) or 414-223-4800 (local) for a free evaluation of your case, or send our lawyers an e-mail with your questions. A FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, will be yours for the asking.