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What kind of gear do I need to safely ride my motorcycle in the rain?
April showers can certainly put a damper on your spring motorcycle ride, but good rain gear can increase your comfort and help keep you safe.
The Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham believe that whether or not you use a helmet is your choice. However, we recommend some type of face protection in the rain. When you are traveling at 40 miles per hour, raindrops can sting. When you are traveling at 65 miles per hour or more, the pain can be extreme.
Raingear should keep you warm and dry. Rain suits work well, especially in lighter rain. When it is raining heavily, you will want to make sure that openings are sealed to prevent rain from getting inside your suit. Test your gear before going on a long ride to determine whether you need to tuck in your waterproof gloves or add gauntlets. If you wear gauntlets under your cuffs of your rain suit, it can prevent the water from running down into your glove.
What you wear under the rain suit will depend on the temperature. A polyester, fleece, or wool base layer—some fabric that insulates when wet—can help keep you comfortable and prevent hypothermia.
Finish with waterproof boots and good socks.
It’s hard to focus on riding safely when you are wet, shivering and miserable. Being comfortable helps you concentrate on the road so you can stay safe. Think of raingear as an investment in your safety.
Your biggest safety risk, rain or shine, is other drivers on the road. To increase your chances of being seen, choose rain gear that is brightly colored and has reflective trim.
If you have been injured by a reckless driver, our Milwaukee motorcycle injury lawyers are here to advise you and protect your rights. To schedule a free consultation, call Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.
I love riding my motorcycle in Quad Cities. However, I’m concerned that I’ll be blamed if I’m involved in any kind of accident. It is too risky to ride a bike in Iowa? Should I reconsider my decision to ride a motorcycle?
As avid riders, our Iowa motorcycle lawyers encourage you to ride your bike. We don’t want fear or stereotypes about riding to interfere with your enjoyment of riding a motorcycle.
Some people think that all motorcycle riders are dangerous, that we all take unnecessary risks, and that we are typically the cause of motorcycle crashes. However, that is not true. There are many responsible riders out there who deserve the respect of other motorists, insurance companies, and lawyers.
If you have been involved in an Iowa motorcycle crash, then it is not automatically your fault. Your Iowa motorcycle accident attorney, police officers, insurers, and others will look at all of the circumstances surrounding your accident in order to determine who was at fault. If you have been hurt by someone else’s negligence then you may be able to recover damages for past, present, and future medical expenses, out-of-pocket costs, lost income, pain, suffering, and other damages.
For more information, we encourage you to contact our experienced Iowa motorcycle attorneys today for a FREE consultation. We can be reached via this website or by calling 1-800-800-5678. We also invite you to read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims to learn more about what to do after a bike wreck.
I am a senior citizen. Recently, I was seriously injured in a Milwaukee motorcycle accident, and I’ve been told that my injury might not have been so serious if I was younger. Does this mean that I can’t recover damages and that I shouldn’t call a Milwaukee accident lawyer?
We are sorry to hear of your recent Milwaukee motorcycle accident injuries. As riders ourselves, we understand how enjoyable it is to ride in our area and we sympathize with those who have been injured.
While age may have been a factor in your motorcycle accident injuries, it does not bar your potential recovery. You are still entitled to recover damages for all of your costs related to your accident which may include:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses, surgeries, hospitalizations and rehabilitation therapies.
- Property damage to your bike.
- Lost income, if you were still working at the time of your crash and have lost income, or anticipate losing income, as a result of your accident injuries.
- Past, present, and future out-of-pocket expenses such as help around the house and transportation costs if you can’t drive.
- Past, present, and future compensation for physical pain and emotional suffering.
For more information about the specific damages that you may be entitled to if you have been hurt in a Milwaukee motorcycle wreck, we encourage you to contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury lawyer today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800 and to read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
What are some motorcycle trailer loading tips to help prevent a motorcycle accident in Milwaukee?
Motorcycle trailers are an accessory that makes traveling long distances on a motorcycle much more enjoyable. It allows a rider to take much more of his personal goods along for the ride. With storage trailers now available in many different sizes and shapes, a rider can choose a trailer that suits his type of riding. This is not the only benefit: contrary to what many people believe, towing a trailer can also improve the stability of the motorcycle.
The key to staying safe and avoiding a Milwaukee motorcycle crash is to properly load the trailer. This will keep the motorcycle stable. If there are only small light items taken along, the way the trailer is loaded will not matter much.
To ensure that a trailer is properly loaded, a rider should consider:
- Weight. A trailer can only handle a certain amount of weight. Too much weight will put an extra strain on the axles and tires. Too much weight will also put extra stress on the motorcycle. Know the capacity of the trailer and motorcycle before loading it.
- Distribution. It is important to make sure that the weight of the items loaded in the trailer be evenly distributed. This will allow for a smoother and safer ride.
- Straps. After the items are loaded in the trailer, they should be tied down. This will prevent the items from shifting around during the drive.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident you may be entitled to compensation. It is important utilize the expertise of a Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer at Hupy and Abraham Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation.
I was recently hurt in a Milwaukee motorcycle accident when the bike that I was riding on as a passenger was involved in a crash. What do I do now? Who may be responsible for my accident injuries and how can I recover?
Things can be very confusing when you have been hurt as a passenger in a Milwaukee bike wreck. You may be hearing conflicting reports about what caused the accident and conflicting theories about who is responsible for paying your accident injuries. You may be concerned that nobody is going to pay for your injuries and expenses as each side keeps trying to shift the blame.
Our Milwaukee accident lawyers understand that you want some clarity as to:
- Who is responsible for your accidents injuries.
- How you are going to get paid for your accident injuries.
- What your potential damages may be like for your accident injuries.
An experienced Wisconsin motorcycle lawyer will explain all of these things to do and help you fight for a fair and just recovery. You should not have to pay for accident injuries that you did not cause. Instead, whoever caused your accident injuries should compensate you for your past and future medical expenses, out-of-pocket costs, lost income, and pain and suffering.
For more information, please contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury lawyer today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800 and please read a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. As riders ourselves, we will do everything that we can to help you get a fair recovery.
I’m planning a road trip with my girlfriend. What kind of safety gear should a motorcycle passenger in Wisconsin wear?
In Wisconsin, motorcycle passengers under age 18 are required to wear a helmet. While there are no legal requirements for safety gear for passengers over age 18, it is important to realize that motorcycle passengers face the same risk of injury as motorcycle operators. Your passenger will need the same safety equipment as you do.
Here a list of safety gear that should be worn by both motorcycle operators and their passengers:
- Helmet: Head injury is the leading cause of Wisconsin motorcycle accident death. Even low speed crashes can result in serious head injury when the motorcyclist isn’t wearing a helmet. Your passenger’s helmet should fit well, so it doesn’t fly off in a crash. See our article, “Tips on Choosing a Helmet for the Wisconsin rider” for more information.
- Eye protection: The helmet should offer eye protection. If it doesn’t your passenger will need goggles in order to keep the wind and debris out of her eyes.
- Jacket: A jacket provides both warmth and protection for your skin in the event of a Milwaukee motorcycle crash.
- Pants: Abrasion-resistant motorcycle pants protect your legs from injury, just as a jacket protects your upper body.
- Footwear: Your passenger should wear a pair of good, tough, over-the-ankle boots. Broken ankles are a common Wisconsin motorcycle accident injury. Boots provide protection for the ankles. Never wear a shoe that exposes the feet.
- Gloves: When a person falls, the natural reaction is to break the fall with the hands. Even a small fall can cause serious injury to the hands. A high speed crash may result in the loss the hand.
What not to wear? Dangling accessories. Long necklaces, scarves, and purses can get caught in a bike’s moving parts causing accidents and injury. Ask your passenger to put the accessories away until you reach your destination.
If your passenger is injured in a motorcycle accident in Milwaukee, she has the same rights as any other motorcycle accident victim. These rights are listed in our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. To request a book or schedule a free consultation with a Wisconsin motorcycle lawyer, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.
I read that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has dropped mandatory motorcycle helmet laws from its ten most-wanted safety improvements. Does this mean that wearing a motorcycle helmet in Wisconsin is no longer important?
You are correct that the National Transportation Safety Board’s 2013 list of ten most-wanted safety improvements list does not contain a provision requiring mandatory helmets for motorcycle riders. In fact, this year’s list does not contain any motorcycle-specific safety improvements.
The exclusion of mandatory helmets for motorcycle riders from the list has been met with conflicting reactions from safety groups, motorcycle advocacy groups, and others. Some are angered by the NTSB’s exclusion of the mandatory helmet provision, while others believe that it is a sign that state and local efforts are working to protect motorcyclists from serious head injuries.
Regardless of whether motorcycle helmets are included on this year’s NTSB safety improvements list, it is important for Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa motorcyclists to make their own decisions about whether or not they decide to wear a motorcycle helmet. At Hupy and Abraham, we believe that this decision is within a rider's rights.
What is important is the fact that you should seek legal help if you have been injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle wreck—no matter whether or not you were wearing a helmet. For more information, we encourage you to contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury lawyer today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800 and to read our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, which is available for FREE on our website.
My husband recently died in a Milwaukee motorcycle accident. What kind of attorney do I need?
Technically any person who is admitted to the bar in the state of Wisconsin can represent you in a wrongful death case after the loss of your spouse in a Milwaukee motorcycle accident. Yet, just as you carefully consider different factors when you are hiring a doctor, there are different factors to consider when hiring a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer.
For example, you might want to consider hiring a Milwaukee personal injury attorney who:
- Has successfully represented victims of Wisconsin motorcycle accidents in the past.
- Is a rider and understands the culture of motorcyclists.
- Cares about rider safety and the loved ones of riders who have been killed.
- Isn’t afraid to fight for a fair and just settlement or verdict.
- Wants to help your family get the recovery that you deserve.
Most of all, you want to hire a Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyer whom you trust. You want your attorney to have the experience and compassion to zealously advocate for your full and fair recovery so that you can trust that everything is being done to secure such a recovery while you focus on the immediate and important needs of your family.
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one in a Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois motorcycle wreck then we encourage you to call our motorcycle accident lawyers. Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa families who have lost loved ones due to other people’s negligence may be entitled to legal recoveries. Please call 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800 and read a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, for more information.
What should I consider before buying a motorcycle?
Riding a motorcycle is great, but it isn’t for everyone. Motorcycles are an investment in time and money, so buying a motorcycle is not a decision to be made lightly. Our Milwaukee motorcycle injury attorneys offer this information to help you make an informed decision.
What are the pros and cons of motorcycle riding?
- Motorcycles are very fuel efficient. A motorcycle can get about 40 miles per gallon, which means you save money on gas.
- Motorcycles are easier to maneuver in traffic. You may be able to speed up your commute.
- It’s easier to find a good parking spot.
- It is cheaper to insure a motorcycle than a car because a motorcycle is less likely to cause serious damage to other vehicles.
- It's fun!
- While we love to feel the wind in our hair, some people believe that it's a con that you are exposed to the elements.
- If you decide to invest in safety equipment, it can get expensive.
- If you are injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident, you will have to fight stereotypes of motorcyclists in order to obtain fair insurance compensation.
The last pro is the fact that we are on your side. Our Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help you and stand up for your rights in the event of an accident. If you decide that a motorcycle is right for you, request a free copy of our rider's Rights Card to keep in your glove box. This card will keep you informed of your rights in the event of a Wisconsin motorcycle crash.
I was hurt in a Milwaukee bike crash when another motorcyclist hit my bike. Can I recover damages in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident case if another rider hit me?
Yes. You may be able to recover damages in a Wisconsin bike accident case if you were hurt by another motorcyclist and not by a driver of a car or truck. Wisconsin personal injury law allows a motorcyclist to recover damages if:
- Another driver breached his or her duty of care by failing to exercise the reasonable care that a reasonable driver would’ve exercised at the time of the crash; and if
- The actions or inactions of the other driver which were found to have violated the duty of care actually caused the motorcyclist’s injuries.
No exceptions are made for motorcyclists who hurt other motorcyclists. Thus, if another motorcyclist was negligent and caused you to suffer a motorcycle accident injury, then you may be entitled to the same damages that you would be entitled to if the other driver had been behind the wheel of a car or truck. Those damages may include compensation for past, present, and future:
- Medical expenses,
- Lost income,
- Out-of-pocket costs, and
- Pain and suffering.
For more information about protecting your rights after a two motorcycle crash, please contact our experienced Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers today for a free consultation. We can be reached via this website or at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800. We also encourage you to download a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, for more information.