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How Can I Tell If Ive Suffered a Brain Injury in a Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident?
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident and were wearing a helmet, you’ve decreased your chances of sustaining a head or neck injury by 30 percent. However, it’s still important to check for several warning signs of a possible brain injury. If you’ve hit your head in a motorcycle accident, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
- Headache. This may seem obvious, but be aware of the frequency and severity of headaches following a motorcycle accident, as this could be a sign that something else is wrong.
- Neck pain. This may show up awhile after an accident, and can mean you’ve suffered whiplash.
- Vomiting. If nausea and/or vomiting is frequent, this could be a sign of moderate to severe brain trauma.
- Dizziness. Dizziness and fatigue can be a sign of a traumatic brain injury, but it is important not to go to sleep before seeing a doctor in case you’ve sustained a concussion.
- Memory loss or concentration problems. Short-term memory loss or inability to concentrate on something for more than a few minutes could signal frontal lobe trauma.
- Visible trauma to the head or neck Look for any bruises or cuts that may have resulted from the fall.
The following symptoms may be signs of severe brain trauma and should never be ignored:
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilated pupils
- Slurred speech
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury following a motorcycle accident in the state of Wisconsin, contact Milwaukee personal injury firm Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5679 or 414-223-4800 for a consultation, and for a free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
How Can I Prevent a Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcycles are fun and exciting ways to travel, but they do have a certain element of risk. That’s true everywhere, but especially in the popular biking state of Wisconsin.
Because of the large numbers of motorcycles on the roads, it’s only natural that there should be a higher occurrence of accidents. Fortunately, Wisconsin has seen a decrease in motorcycle accidents and motorcycle-related fatalities since last year. This may be due in large part to Wisconsin motorcycle safety initiatives, but could also be the result of individual rider responsibility.
If you want to be a more prepared and responsible motorcyclist, here are a few helpful Do’s and Don’ts:
- Don’t drink and drive. This seems obvious, yet 68 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes in 2009 were caused either by drunk driving or speeding.
- Do keep your vision clear and wide. This means purchasing a helmet with an optimal eye shield, which keeps debris away from your face while allowing you to swivel your head from side to side.
- Do schedule regular check-ups to make sure all of your bike’s mechanical components are functioning properly.
- Do exercise the same caution on dry roads as on wet. The majority of motorcycle accidents occur on dry pavement.
- Don’t put thrill before safety — exercise defensive driving!
- Do provide the same protective safety gear for any passengers as you do for yourself.
- Do refresh your skills with one of many safety courses offered through the state of Wisconsin. Information on statewide safety programs can be found by visiting the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website.
Even with the best safety precautions in place, accidents happen. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident in Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois, the attorneys at Hupy and Abraham want to hear from you. We have a sterling record in getting compensation for motorcycle accident victims. Contact us toll-free at (800) 800-5678 for a no-risk consultation about your case with our staff, and we will be happy to send you a free copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
Is it illegal to drive under the influence of prescription medication in Wisconsin?
The question of the legality of driving while impaired by the side effects of legal drugs raises the question of measuring drug intake and its effects. There is no practical system to enact statutes for medications like there is for alcohol. The same drug does not have the same effects on different persons. It is also not possible to establish rules for the hundreds of different drugs people take.
However, if you fall asleep behind the wheel because of drugs you have been taking, you will be held accountable for the damage you cause in a crash. The states of Illinois and Wisconsin have strict "per se" laws that forbid any presence of a prohibited substance or drug in the driver's body while operating a vehicle. This means that if you are involved in a crash, you can be tested for the presence of drugs and charged for driving under the influence.
My car was struck by another vehicle in a Wisconsin parking lot. Who is at fault?
Most parking lots are private property and are designed with two types of lanes: "thoroughfare" lanes that connect directly with a public road or highway, and "feeder" lanes that connect, directly or not, with a thoroughfare lane. Unless otherwise signaled, the following rules apply:
- A driver in a feeder lane must yield to a driver in a thoroughfare lane;
- The vehicle maneuvering out of a parking space does not have the right of way and will be at fault if there is a crash with a vehicle riding in a lane;
- A vehicle striking a legally parked car will be held liable;
- Drivers who disregard posted signs or maneuver (backing up, U-turn) within lanes are at fault if there is a collision;
- Opening a car door, whether the car is properly parked or not, makes you liable for any collision caused by the open door.
Parking lots are breeding grounds for fender benders in Wisconsin. The most dangerous crashes in parking lots involve pedestrians, and especially children. Drivers and parents should use every possible precaution to avoid pedestrians and kids being run over.
If you have been hurt in a Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois car, truck or motorcycle accident, contact the attorneys of Hupy & Abraham today at 800-800-5676 for a free evaluation of your case, or send our lawyers an e-mail with your questions.
My son was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash caused by an unmarked roadside drop. Can he recover damages?
Motorcyclists are particularly susceptible to crashes caused by defects in the roadway. Roadway deformities may cause riders to lose balance and fall, especially if the uneven pavement is not signaled and can't be seen from afar.
The motorcycle accident attorneys of Hupy & Abraham have fought and won numerous cases where the following could be established:
- Which public entity was responsible for the maintenance, repair and signaling of the road section where the crash occurred;
- That the state of disrepair of the road was unsafe and the direct cause of the accident;
- That the crash was in no possible way caused by negligence or recklessness on the part of the rider;
- That the authorities were aware of the existence of the unsafe road section and had ample time to either repair, protect or signal the danger zone.
Contact our law office for a free consultation on your case to determine if we can help you recover damages from those who are responsible for your son's accident.
Do homeowner's insurance policies pay for medical damages caused by a homeowner's dog?
There are over 300,000 reported dog bit injuries every year and 60% of these involve children.
Most homeowner insurance policies will pay for medical damages caused by the homeowner's dog. Please note that some policies may have exclusions against certain potentially dangerous breeds such as Rottweilers and Pit Bulls.
Hupy and Abraham are skilled personal injury lawyers with experience in anlyazing these policies to ensure that dog bite victims obtain the maximum compensation deserved.
Have you or a loved one been bit or attacked by a dog resulting in personal injury? Contact us online today or call us directly at 1.800.800.5678 for your free consultation.
How are auto insurance rates determined in Wisconsin?
Insurance companies use broadly the same factors to determine the rate they charge customers, even if each company gives more or less weight to each factor. They also have historical statistics that will influence the rate setting. Generally, these factors are:
- Age and gender: Typically younger drivers pay higher premiums, while women pay lower rates;
- Location: Within the state, your ZIP code will tell insurers if you live in a more populous or higher crime zone, influencing the risks of accidents and theft;
- Driving record and claims history: Your 3 to 5 year history will have a significant impact on premiums charged. Older history is seldom taken into account;
- Vehicle type: The year, make and model of your car affects the rates you pay. Some cars are safer than others, get stolen more often or are expensive to repair;
- Driving patterns: Your mileage per day or per year, commuting or long distance, the way your car is used influences the risks of accident.
Can I change a statement I made at the time of my accident, which I now realize was inaccurate?
A recorded statement or one you agreed to in writing is always more difficult to discard than a verbal statement or one that was never signed by you.
It is however quite common for people right after a crash to declare things that prove to be premature, and inaccurate or plainly wrong. If the statement you made could hurt your case, you should consult with Hupy & Abraham to explain the case. As an experienced law firm focused on car accidents, we have countless examples of misstatements that should never have been made, and can be attributed to the emotional circumstances of the accident.
Whether it concerns your injuries, or what caused the accident, we may be able to have actual facts prevail over earlier statements.
One thing is sure: Never make a verbal, written or recorded statement to the other party or to an insurance adjuster before you have emotionally recovered and are certain that the statement will not hurt your case. Remember always that your fault should be proven by the other party, and doesn't have to be accepted by you. Remember also that both physical and mental injuries may appear or aggravate at a later stage, and material damage could be far more than originally estimated. In case of doubt, you should consult with Hupy & Abraham.
What should I do if my car breaks down on a busy roadway?
When something unusual happens while driving, like a flat tire, a fender bender or a mechanical failure, many drivers tend to rush to understand or check what the problem is. This type of first reaction can be very dangerous; your first concern should be your safety.
We recommend the following precautions when your car breaks down:
- Do not get out of the vehicle to repair or examine the damage on a busy highway or intersection. Switch on your hazard lights and move your vehicle to a safe place.
- If you can’t drive your vehicle, wait for help or call the police to direct the traffic.
- Once you have pulled over to the shoulder, place flares and a triangle to signal your stopped vehicle to oncoming traffic.
- Do not attempt to change a flat tire standing on the traffic side of your car. Move your vehicle to a safer place, even if you damage your tire in doing so.
If you have been hurt in a Wisconsin car accident, contact our office for advice and answers by calling toll free 800-800-5678 or filling out our online form.
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What are the time limits and restrictions of filing a car accident claim in Wisconsin against a government entity?
When you have been injured and seek to file a car accident claim against a government entity in Wisconsin you need to act fast. The statute of limitations for filing personal injury lawsuits against the government are short and if you fail to act fast you may forever lose your right to pursue a legal recovery.
When filing a car accident claim in Wisconsin you typically have 3 years to file your complaint, but when it is against a government entity you have much less time.
The time limits imposed by the statutes of limitations in Wisconsin change depending on whom your car accident claim is filed against. For example:
- If you file against a city, county, or school then you may just have 120 days to file a lawsuit.
- If the claim is against a Wisconsin state employee you may have only 180 days to file a claim.
These restrictions mean that as soon as you are injured in a car accident you should consider filing your car accident claim. A car accident injury lawyer can help you get the process started and work with you through all the stages from filing your claim to accepting a fair settlement.
The sooner you begin your car accident claim in Wisconsin the better.
Not only can you make sure that your claim is filed before the statute of limitations expires, but you can also reduce the risk of losing critical evidence and get on the road to recovery now.
Contact us online or call us directly at 1.800.800.5678 for a free consultation regarding your case.