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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.