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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.
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.
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.
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.
I was hurt during a motorcycle accident in Wisconsin but was not wearing a helmet. Will this affect my chances of winning my personal injury case?
The fact that you were not wearing a helmet may not affect your motorcycle accident case. The helmet law in Wisconsin only applies to those holding an instructional permit and those under the age of 18. Though the defense might want to argue that your choice to not wear a helmet affected the severity of your injuries, our attorneys have been able to prove fault again and again; even when the rider was not wearing a helmet. Please do not hesitate to contact your Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorneys today for your free consultation. We have successfully represented thousands of injured motorcyclists and fight everyday for the rights of riders.
How can I learn more about my rights as a rider in Wisconsin?
What are your rights if you are pulled over while riding your motorcycle? Does Wisconsin law do anything to protect the rights of riders? Are motorcycle checkpoints even legal?
As riders ourselves, the attorneys at Hupy & Abraham have been working tirelessly to answer these questions and defend riders when their rights have been violated. A New Year's workshop by our lead investigator, Tony "Pan" Sanfelipo, attempted to clear up these issues and more. Tony, along with all of us at Hupy & Abraham, are concerned that traffic stops are not the right way to ensure the safety of riders, but instead an excuse for police to meet quotas and harass the rider community.
If you believe that your rights as a rider have been violated or that you have been harassed by the police, please do not hesitate to contact your Milwaukee motorcycle rights attorney at Hupy & Abraham for your free consultation.