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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.
What are some of the common causes for excessive tire wear while motorcycling in Madison?
A well-performing tire is crucial to the safety of a motorcycle rider. A bad tire can be very dangerous and is often the cause for motorcycle accidents in Madison. Before each ride, motorcyclist should take the time to properly inspect the tire.
One of the things to look for while doing a tire inspection is excessive wear. All tires eventual wear down over time. However, you should be aware of any uneven or excessive wear, as it can lead to accidents.
Some of the common causes of excessive and uneven wear to your tire are:
- Improper tire pressure. Maintaining the proper tire pressure is vital to your safety. Failing to use the right pressure can also cause uneven and excessive wear to your tires. Check the recommended PSI for your tire at least once every week.
- Humped roads. The majority of roads in Wisconsin have a slight hump in the middle. This hump can cause the side of the tire that is closest to the center of the road to wear much more quickly than the other side.
- Wheel alignment. Although losing wheel alignment is usually associated with passenger vehicles, it can also occur in motorcycle wheels. Any type of riding that jars or knocks the rims and tires—such as fender-benders, potholes, or hitting a curb—can cause the wheels to become unaligned.
- Improper loading. Loading the motorcycle with the weight unevenly distributed will cause the tires to wear in irregular patterns.
If you have been involved in an accident, contact a Wisconsin motorcycle crash attorney at Hupy and Abraham. They have the knowledge and experience it takes to get you the compensation you deserve. Call 888-277-4879 today for a free consultation.
I broke my ribs in a recent Milwaukee motorcycle accident. I’ll heal, but in the meantime I am in too much pain to go to work and my medical expenses are really piling up. Is my injury serious enough for me to contact a Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney?
Yes, your injury may be serious enough to warrant a phone call to a Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer. Motorcycle accident injuries are unique and dependent on many factors. If broken ribs have kept you out of work, have caused you to incur medical bills or other expenses, or have resulted in significant physical pain or emotional suffering then you should contact an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney to learn more about your rights.
It is true that others may have suffered more significant physical injuries than you did in your accident. However, that does not change the fact that you the law protects you if you have been injured by someone else’s negligence. In order to determine if you have a legal case, your Milwaukee motorcycle lawyers are going to consider not only your physical injuries but also whether another driver’s negligence caused you to suffer those physical injuries.
For more information about your legal rights and possible financial recovery, we encourage you to contact us directly at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800 and to read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. You shouldn’t have to suffer alone for the mistakes made by others and our lawyers would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation.
I was hurt in a Milwaukee motorcycle accident this weekend. I don’t know what I should do next. Should I wait until Monday to find out my rights?
No. If you, or a loved one, is physically able to start protecting your rights then the time to do it is now. You do not have to wait until Monday to call an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer and you do not have to wait until Monday to read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
That said, your first priority should be your physical recovery. You should get medical attention over the weekend if you have been injured.
If you do not have the time, the energy, or the ability to talk to a lawyer in the first 48 hours following your accident, it is important to know that you are not precluded from contacting a lawyer in the future. You can always pick up the phone on Monday and contact an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle attorney.
The world may slow down, but it does not stop on Saturdays and Sundays. It may take a little more effort to get the care that you need since regular business hours may not be kept. However, you do not need to spend the weekend wondering what to do or waiting to get help.
For more information, our Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorneys encourage you to contact us directly via our website or by calling 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800. We will work hard to make sure that your rights are protected and that you get the recovery that you deserve.
What is the best way to stay warm while motorcycling in Wisconsin during the winter time?
If you decide to ride your motorcycle during the winter months, you have made an excellent choice. Although many riders fear the cold and put their motorcycles away in the garage for the winter, you don’t have to. The key to having a pleasant ride during the winter cold is to be dressed appropriately for the weather. Just staying warm can help to prevent a Madison motorcycle accident.
In recent years there have been great innovations in motorcycle riding gear. One of the best developments to improve the comfort of a rider during cold months is electric riding gear. Electric riding gear attaches to the bike's electrical system and adds heat where you need it. Three essential electric articles you should have for your winter ride is:
- Gloves. Gloves are key to comfort and safety during cold rides. When your hands get cold, your manual dexterity and precision lessen. This can make it more difficult to operate the brake, clutch, and throttle.
- Vest. Many riders opt for only electric gloves and skimp on buying a heated vest. That’s a poor decision. A heated vest can lower the riding comfort temperature by 20 degrees. This means that if you are comfortable riding at 55 degrees, using an electric vest will allow you to be comfortable at 35 degrees.
- Chaps. Once you have the gloves and vest, you should invest in a pair of electric chaps. Keeping your legs warmed while you ride can reduce the risk of hypothermia and can help you maintain concentration on the road instead of your discomfort.
Riding with safety and warmth in mind can save you from an accident. Just as you would not ride on a bright sunny day without sunglasses, and you would not ride in the rain without weather-resistant clothing, you should be prepared against the chill when you ride in winter.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free case evaluation, contact an experienced Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 800-800-5678 today and ask how you can receive a FREE copy of our injury law firm’s book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.