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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.

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  • 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.

  • I love riding my motorcycle in the Bloomington area and I’m getting ready to get back on my bike now that the weather is warmer. Are other drivers aware that more riders are going to be on the road?

    Car and truck drivers should be aware of motorcyclists during every season. However, the sad truth is that car and truck drivers are often oblivious to motorcyclists and do not take appropriate precautions to avoid serious and potentially fatal accidents.

    You can’t make other drivers see you, you can’t prevent other drivers from being distracted, and you can’t prevent all Illinois motorcycle accidents. Part of the responsibility for avoiding serious crashes rests with other drivers.

    Accordingly, it is important to know what to do if you are injured in an Illinois motorcycle crash. After you get medical help, it is important to think about your legal rights and potential recovery. An experienced Bloomington motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help you get damages for your past, current and future:

    • Medical expenses (including doctors’ appointments, hospitalizations, surgeries, medications and other expenses)
    • Rehabilitation costs (such as physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy).
    • Lost income.
    • Out-of-pocket costs.
    • Physical pain and emotional suffering.

    While you can’t stop other drivers from causing motorcycle wrecks, you can help raise awareness. If you would like to get a free “Watch for Motorcycles” window cling to help raise awareness then please order one from our website today. We also invite you to call us directly at 309-862-4800 or 866-532-4800.

    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 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.