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Do I need a Madison motorcycle accident attorney?
A Wisconsin motorcycle accident and serious injury can be overwhelming. Accident victims are usually struggling to regain their health, missing days or weeks of work, and wondering who will pay for the coming hospital bills. Throughout these days and weeks, you may wonder whether you need the assistance of a WI motorcycle lawyer.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I sure of who was at fault for my accident?
- Do I know what caused my accident?
- Could someone have prevented my accident?
- Did my accident involve someone else’s negligence?
- Did my accident cause significant damage, such as injuries, economic losses, or pain and suffering?
- Do I want to learn more about my accident?
It is important to understand that the core cause of your motorcycle accident may not be apparent without a closer examination of the evidence—and that those involved in crashes may not have an accurate view of the full picture. Even if you are unsure of whether you were at fault for the accident or what caused the accident, it doesn’t hurt to speak to a Wisconsin injury attorney about your crash. At Hupy & Abraham, we offer free, no-obligation consultations for exactly this reason: we want you to know why your accident took place and whether it would be worthwhile to pursue a case. Call today at (800) 800-5678 to schedule a meeting with one of our Madison motorcycle accident attorneys.
How can I find out my helmets safety rating?
First of all, the Gurnee motorcycle accident lawyers in our office want to applaud your efforts for wanting to find out. Buying a helmet that is approved by one of the major safety institutes is a smart way to help prevent a serious motorcycle accident injury.
As we have mentioned in our previous blogs and articles, the four main regulators for helmet safety are:
- DOT: U.S. Department of Transportation
- Snell: The Snell Memorial Foundation
- ECE: The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
- BSI: The British Standards Institute
While each regulator performs different tests to check the safety of the helmet, they all have a common goal: protecting a motorcyclist’s head in the event of an accident.
If a helmet is certified by any of the above regulators, it will be clearly marked somewhere on the helmet. For example, all DOT-certified helmets have a DOT sticker on the back of the helmet, at the bottom. Make sure to check the inside of the helmet, including on the tag and underneath the comfort padding. Never assume that a helmet is certified unless you can actually see the certification.
Certifications are almost always listed in the description of any helmet you are buying online, and can also be found on the box that the helmet is packaged in.
If you are dealing with an injury caused by 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.
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.
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.