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The personal injury trial attorneys at Hupy and Abraham will be fierce advocates in your time of need. With offices across Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa, and representing clients hurt by all types of motorcycle crashes, we are available where you need us and when you need us.

Contact our professional team of Midwest injury attorneys by calling 800-800-5678 today for your free consultation.

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  • I’ve never worked with an Illinois lawyer before. Why should I call one after an Illinois motorcycle accident?

    It can be difficult to do anything for the first time and that includes contacting a lawyer. You may have ideas about lawyers, you may be very independent, and you may be hesitant to contact an attorney.

    However, before you make a decision about whether or not to call an Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer after an accident injury, we encourage you to know the facts. More specifically, we want you to know that:

    • The defense is almost always going to have an attorney representing them. This means that, if you try to bring your own case, you will likely be going up against experienced lawyers who know what they are doing.
    • You are not making a long-term commitment by calling an Illinois motorcycle accident attorney for an initial consultation. Instead, you are agreeing to one meeting.
    • Illinois personal injury lawyers are on your side. It is our job to zealously advocate for your full and fair recovery. Insurance adjusters and others cannot say the same thing. Instead, they have competing interests and their goal is not to maximize your settlement.

    For more information about why you should call a lawyer after an Illinois motorcycle accident, we encourage you to call us today at 309-827-4800 or 866-532-4800 to schedule an initial meeting. We also invite you to learn more about your rights after a motorcycle wreck by reading our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.

  • I recently suffered significant road burn in a Quad Cities motorcycle accident. I don’t have health insurance. How can I get the medical help that I need to recover from my injuries?

    We are so sorry to hear about your recent Quad Cities motorcycle accident injuries. Road burn can be a serious, dangerous and painful injury that requires immediate medical attention. You may be able to get the medical care that you need, and you may be able to pay for it, even if you don’t currently have health insurance.

    Hospital emergency rooms may accept patients who do not have health insurance. Doctors will treat your road burn and recommend that you be admitted to the hospital or that you receive follow up care, as necessary. You will get the medical treatment, and pain relief, that you need even if you are uninsured.

    Of course, you may be billed for the full amount of the medical treatment that you received. That bill can be high, even if you were treated and released from the emergency room. You may lack the income and the assets to satisfy the debt. However, you are not without options. You may be able to recover your past, current, and future medical expenses and other damages by pursuing a settlement with the other driver’s insurance company or a personal injury lawsuit.

    An experienced Illinois motorcycle accident attorney can help you understand your rights and can advocate for your full and fair recovery. For more information, please contact us today at 563-275-6892 or 888-807-2752 and please read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.

  • I suffered serious injuries when a commercial truck clipped my motorcycle. The police officer at the scene said that the truck driver was clearly at fault. Who is responsible for my Wisconsin motorcycle accident injuries, the truck driver or the trucking company?

    When a car hits a motorcycle, there are usually only two parties involved. In most cases, determining liability for the Wisconsin motorcycle accident is relatively simple.

    When a commercial truck hits a motorcycle, it’s not so easy. There are many parties involved: the trucker, the owner of the truck, the owner of the cargo, the trucking company, and even maintenance companies. Determining what happened and who is responsible requires a working knowledge of the trucking industry and of the laws that govern the trucking industry.

    Parties That May Be Liable for a Wisconsin Motorcycle-Truck Accident

    • The truck driver
    • The owner of the truck
    • The owner of the trailer
    • The person or company that leased the truck from the owner
    • The manufacturer of the truck or of any defective parts
    • The owner of the truck’s cargo
    • The company responsible for loading the truck
    • The company responsible for maintenance of the truck

    In the United States, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    (FMCSA) regulate commercial truck driving. Trucking companies and trucks must also follow state laws. These laws can determine liability.

    There are cases where more than one party could be responsible for the accident. In these cases the trucking company, the driver, and the truck’s owner may argue among themselves about whose insurance should compensate the victim. While they pass the blame, the accident victim is left with serious injuries and unpaid medical bills.

    If you are a motorcyclist who has been injured in a truck accident, you need a Green Bay motorcycle accident lawyer with experience in handling large truck accidents. He will have to understand the concerns that are unique to motorcyclists as well as trucking industry laws and regulations and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

    The Green Bay motorcycle injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham are able to help victims of Wisconsin motorcycle-truck crashes. If you've been involved in a truck accident contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678 to schedule your free consultation.

  • What should I do first if I’ve been hurt in a Milwaukee motorcycle crash?

    You are hurt, you are in pain, and everybody seems to want something from you. The police want to know what happened, the other driver wants your contact information, the emergency personnel want to know how badly you are hurt, your spouse wants you to get out of the hospital, and your boss may even want to know when you plan to be back at work.

    The immediate scene of a Milwaukee motorcycle crash, and the hours and days that follow the accident, can be overwhelming. Our Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorneys recommend that you take care of your most important and pressing needs first. In many cases, this will be medical attention. The first thing that you will need to do is to protect your health and your physical recovery. Thus, you should go to the emergency room and/or see your doctor as soon as possible.

    Everything else can wait. When you have attended to your emergency medical needs, then you can talk to other people, such as insurance adjusters, your boss, or a Wisconsin motorcycle lawyer.

    Our experienced Wisconsin motorcycle attorneys will be available for you in the days and weeks following your accident. We encourage you to contact us at 800-800-5678 when you are ready to discuss your rights and possible financial recovery. We also invite you to learn more about what to do after a Milwaukee motorcycle accident by reading our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, available for download from this website or free to you (shipping too!) when you call us.

  • I was injured in a Wisconsin ATV accident. If another ATV driver caused my crash, can I file a lawsuit against him like I would for a motorcycle wreck?

    I can’t say that you definitely have a case without knowing all the details; however, the answer is probably “yes.”

    You have the right to seek damages through a Wisconsin personal injury claim when another person’s recklessness causes you to be injured in an ATV accident. This is because, while the designs of ATVs and cars are very different, ATV accidents and car accidents occur for some of the same reasons:

    • Driver error
    • Driver recklessness
    • Driver impairment
    • Poor driving conditions
    • Mechanical failure
    • Defective design

    The best way to determine if you have a case is to contact a Milwaukee accident attorney who has experience in ATV accident claims. The attorney will be able to determine who is at fault for your accident and whether you have a motor vehicle accident case or a product liability claim. He’ll place a value on your accident claim and help you get the compensation you are entitled to.

    You can learn more about ATV crashes in our article, “Five Steps to Take After a Wisconsin ATV Accident.”

    There is a statute of limitations for Wisconsin ATV accident claims. If you think that someone else caused your ATV accident, we recommend that you contact a Milwaukee personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Hupy and Abraham offer free, no-obligation consultation in all of our offices. To make an appointment, contact us at 800-800-5678.

  • I was recently hurt when a truck hit my motorcycle in Quad Cities. Is my accident case different because I was hit by a truck rather than a car?

    While there are many similarities between a motorcycle accident that occurs because of a truck and one that occurs because of a car, there are also some important differences. Your injuries may be similar and your potential legal and financial recovery may be the same; however, the way in which your accident occurred and the possible defendants in your case may be different.

    More specifically, it may not just be the trucker who was at fault for your Quad Cities truck accident or motorcycle crash. Instead, the trucking company who employed the trucker and/or the truck manufacturer or maintenance person could also be at fault. An experienced Iowa motorcycle accident lawyer can investigate your case, identify the proper defendants, and zealously advocate for your full and fair recovery.

    Your recovery may include compensation for your past, current and future medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, pain, suffering, and other damages. For more information about recovering these damages after a truck hits your bike and causes you to suffer an injury in Iowa, please contact an experienced Quad Cities motorcycle accident lawyer today via this website or by calling us directly at 800-800-5678. We also invite you to download a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, to learn more about your rights and your possible legal recovery.

  • What are the biggest dangers when riding a motorcycle on the highway?

    Iowa motorcycle accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. However, a motorcycle crash on a high-speed highway like I-80 or I-380 carries a greater risk of injury than being hit on a local road.

    Because a collision on a high speed highway can result in serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, it is important that both drivers and motorcyclists understand the dangers that face motorcyclists on the highway.

    Three Reasons Motorcycle Accidents Occur on Highways

    • Car drivers have trouble seeing motorcyclists. Because motorcycles are smaller than passenger vehicles, they are easily hidden both behind other vehicles and in blind spots. When the driver does see the motorcycle, it is too late to react.
    • It is hard for drivers to judge the distance between vehicles. Because of their small size, motorcyclists may appear to be further away than they really are. Car drivers may think they have more space than they actually do.
    • It can be difficult for a car driver to estimate the speed at which a motorcyclist is traveling. Because of the size difference, motorcycles may appear to be moving faster or slower than actual speed.

    Unfortunately, motorcyclists are often blamed for highway crashes. Drivers claim that “the motorcyclist came out of nowhere” or “he seemed to be going so fast,” without realizing that their perception has been affected because of the size of the motorcycle. If you are injured in an Iowa motorcycle wreck, you need good, reliable advice. You can find this advice in The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. Request your copy by clicking on the link in the sidebar.

    An experienced Cedar Rapids motorcycle injury lawyer can help you protect your rights after an Iowa motorcycle crash. To learn more, contact Hupy and Abraham S.C., P.C. at 800-800-5678.

  • What should I bring with me to my first meeting with an Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer?

    There are no specific documents that all injured riders must have with them the first time they meet with our Illinois motorcycle accident attorneys. The documents that you might have may depend on how long ago you were hurt and other factors specific to your case.

    Generally, at the first meeting an Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer wants to know what happened to you. Our lawyers want to know what happened at the time of the accident, what you remember from the accident scene, and what has happened since. We may ask questions about your injuries and about your recovery, for example.

    If you have documentation about your accident or your injuries then you should bring it with you to your meeting. Documentation may include—but is not limited to—doctors’ reports, police reports, and bills that you have incurred as a result of your accident injuries.

    You should expect that the discussion will be about what happened, about your legal rights and about your potential recovery if an Illinois motorcycle accident case were to be filed. You may wish to have your spouse, parent, or another trusted relative or friend attend the meeting with you.

    For more information, we encourage you to contact our experienced Illinois motorcycle accident attorneys today at 800-390-6350 to set up your first meeting. We also invite you to learn more about what to do after a motorcycle wreck by reading our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.

  • I was hurt in a recent Wisconsin motorcycle accident. I didn’t collide with another vehicle, though. Instead, something fell off the roof of the vehicle in front of me and hit me. Should I contact a Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer about my injuries? Can I recover?

    Yes, you may be able to recover for the injuries caused in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident even if you never technically collided with another car or truck. The situation that you describe, where something fell off of the roof of the car or truck in front of you, is a type of Wisconsin motor vehicle accident.

    You may be able to make a legal recovery for this type of motor vehicle accident if you can prove that someone else’s negligence caused your accident injuries. In other words, you need to prove that the other driver failed to exercise reasonable care and that as a result you were injured. The other driver may have failed to exercise reasonable care if, for example, the item(s) on his roof were not appropriately secured to the vehicle to prevent them from falling off and causing an accident or injury.

    Since you may be entitled to a legal recovery, it is important to contact an experienced Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorney about your injury and possible recovery. Our lawyers welcome your call at 800-800-5678 and we encourage you to learn more about your rights by downloading a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, from our website.

  • What are some ways I can stay more visible to passenger vehicles, in order to prevent a Milwaukee motorcycle accident?

    Passenger vehicles often drive with little concern for motorcycle riders. They often do not take the time to look for others on the road. As a result, passenger vehicles are frequently the cause of motorcycle accidents in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, these accidents often involve serious injury and even death.

    To avoid being a victim of an accident, it is important that motorcycle riders take all the possible precautions on their end in order to compensate for negligence by other drivers. One of the ways a motorcycle rider can stay safe from passenger vehicles is to be sure that they are as visible as possible to them.

    Three ways a motorcycle rider can ensure they are visible to motorists are to:

    • Use lights. Nearly all motorcycles are designed to have the headlights come on anytime the motor is running. The headlights on a motorcycle should always be on, even when there is plenty of daylight. Also, make sure you use turn signals every time you execute a a lane change or turn.
    • Wear bright colors. Wearing motorcycle clothing that is brightly colored is a great way to stay visible to drivers. Most motorcycle shops sale a wide variety of gear that feature bright, visible colors for the rider. Bright colors stand out much more than dull colors, and will help catch the eye of drivers.
    • Stay out of blind spots. Motorcycles are much smaller than cars, which makes them hard to see in a blind spot. When riding, you should always be sure not to ride next to a vehicle if possible.

    If you have been involved in an accident, you need to call a Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney at Hupy and Abraham Call 800-800-5678 for a free case evaluation, and to order a FREE subscription to the rider Newsbrief, which highlights motorcycle news in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois.