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Are the Wisconsin motorcycle helmet laws as effective as helmet laws in other states?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released information about helmet laws in each state. According to the CDC, Wisconsin ranks 46th in the nation for lives saved and economic costs saved due to helmet use.
When compared to other states in the region, both Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa had an estimated 4 lives and $8 million saved by helmet use for every 100,000 registered motorcycles. In comparison, Michigan saw 27 lives and $55 million saved, Ohio saw 7 lives and $14 million saved, and Indiana saw 6 lives and $11 million saved.
Accordingly, in June 2012 the CDC recommended that Wisconsin consider adopting a universal helmet law. Currently, not all riders are required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle in Wisconsin.
If you have been hurt in an accident then it is important to contact an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer regardless of whether or not you were wearing a helmet.
Your Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney will fight hard for your fair and just recovery of damages which may include past and future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost income, out of pocket costs and pain and suffering.
For more information, please call our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers in Milwaukee today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800. We also invite you to learn more about your rights and about what to do after a motorcycle crash in our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
When should I replace my motorcycle helmet?
According to the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle helmets can prevent 67 percent of head injuries and 37 percent of deaths from Wisconsin motorcycle accidents. The NHTSA and other safety agencies advise that every motorcyclist invest in a helmet, whether or not state law requires it.
But, how do you know when it’s time to replace that helmet?
- Always replace your helmet after a significant motorcycle crash. Helmets work by absorbing the force of the accident so it is not transferred to your head. That means that the shock-absorbing materials inside the helmet sustain damage. Helmets are designed to protect your head during a single impact; after that impact they are no longer effective.
Helmets are expensive, but your insurance may cover the cost. In addition, many helmet companies offer free inspections and will repair or replace the helmet at a reduced cost ——or no cost!
- Replace your helmet if it does not meet current safety standards. All helmets should meet the Department of Transportation’s FMVSS 218 requirements. Helmets that meet these requirements have a DOT sticker. If your helmet does not have a DOT sticker, it may not offer adequate protection in the event of a Wausau motorcycle accident.
- Replace your helmet if it has any visible damage. Helmets go through a lot even if they aren’t involved in a crash. Check your helmet periodically and look for signs of damage. If there is any damage to the foam—even tiny cracks—you should replace your helmet immediately.
- Replace your helmet every five years. Glues, resins and other materials used in helmet production can degrade over time. The Snell Foundation and helmet manufacturers suggest that helmets be replaced about every five years.
If you have additional questions about motorcycle safety or your rights after a Wausau motorcycle crash, contact the Wausau motorcycle attorneys at Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678 or request a free copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
I was injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident. The driver of the car says he didn’t see me, so he is not responsible for the accident. Is this true?
In 2010, almost half (49.5 percent) of Wisconsin motorcycle accidents involved hitting or being hit by a passenger vehicle. Wisconsin car-motorcycle accidents often occur when drivers don’t pay attention and forget their responsibility to share the road safely. Unfortunately, when a passenger vehicle hits a motorcyclist, the motorcyclist is likely to sustain serious injuries.
The best way for a rider to avoid a Wisconsin car-motorcycle crash is to be seen. Motorcyclists can increase their visibility by using their headlight, even in the daytime. You can also boost your visibility by wearing bright colors and reflective clothing, trying to stay out of blind spots, and using your horn to alert cars of your presence.
Motorcyclists should do their part to be seen, but drivers are ultimately responsible for watching for traffic—and this includes motorcycles!
If you have been injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle crash, talk with a Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer before agreeing to anything or signing any papers. The attorney will be able to determine who is really responsible for your injuries.
The Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham are devoted to helping riders get fair compensation for their injuries. We’ve written a book to help motorcyclists get the compensation they deserve. Request your free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims by clicking the link in the sidebar. We also provide free "Watch for Motorcycles” bumper stickers. To learn more or schedule a free consultation, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.
How can I help maximize my legal and financial recovery if I am injured in an Appleton motorcycle accident?
If another motorist’s negligence has caused you to suffer injuries after an Appleton motorcycle crash then you may be entitled to recover damages. Generally, damages may include compensation for your medical expenses, out-of-pocket costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. The exact amount of those damages will vary according to your injuries and many other factors.
The actions that you take in the hours, days, and months following your motorcycle wreck injuries may impact your recovery. In order to maximize your potential legal recovery, it is important to:
- Take pictures and record other evidence, such as the name and contact information for witnesses, from the scene of the crash.
- See a doctor and follow your doctor’s orders.
- Consult an experienced Appleton motorcycle accident lawyer for advice.
Throughout the process it is important to stay informed, to ask questions of your doctor and your lawyer, and to make decisions that further your goal of obtaining a fair recovery.
Obtaining a fair recovery for your Illinois, Iowa, or Wisconsin motorcycle accident injuries is possible, but it is unlikely to occur unless you pursue such a recovery and obtain help from an Appleton motorcycle lawyer. For more information about obtaining the recovery that you deserve, please contact an experienced Appleton motorcycle injury lawyer at 920-882-8382 (local) or (800) 800-5678 (toll-free) and please download a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
How can I prepare my motorcycle in order to avoid a Milwaukee motorcycle wreck while riding with a passenger?
Riding your motorcycle with a passenger on the back is a great way to share the experience of riding with your loved ones. It is important that you take extra precautions when taking these passengers on a ride. The motorcycle will handle different and only experienced riders should take passengers on their motorcycle.
If you are an experienced rider and decide to take a passenger on the back, you will want to make sure that your motorcycle is prepared. Having your bike properly set up will make for a smoother ride and lower your risk of being involved in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident. A few ways to get your bike ready are:
- Use pegs. Your passenger will need somewhere to rest her feet. Most motorcycles have pegs already installed for this. Double check and ensure you have them on your bike. If not, they can be purchased and installed rather easily.
- Proper seat. Make sure your motorcycle has the correct seat to fit a passenger. It should be long enough for the passenger to sit comfortably and safely.
- Tire pressure. Your passenger on the back will create more weight for the motorcycle to handle and adjustments should be made accordingly. Check your owner’s manual and be sure to inflate tires to the recommended pressure.
The proper bike setup is key to a safe and fun ride.
Even with a proper setup, accidents still do occur. If have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Wisconsin, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyer at Hupy and Abraham for a free consultation. Call today at 800-800-5678 and ask how you can receive a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
What can I do to reduce my chances of being injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident?
You are smart to be concerned about motorcycle safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motorcyclist is about 34 times more likely to die in a Wisconsin motor vehicle crash than the driver of a passenger car. Motorcyclists are also more likely to sustain severe injuries. The injury rate for all motor vehicle accidents is 28 percent; however, 95 of motorcycle accidents result in injuries. Almost half of these injuries are serious.
In 1981, Hugh Hurt, a professor at the University of southern California, published a comprehensive study of motorcycle accidents called Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures, later known widely as the "Hurt Report.” This was the first and only study of this type.
After investigating 900 motorcycle accident scenes and analyzing 3,600 motorcycle traffic accident reports, Dr. Hurt and his team determined that there are three main factors that can protect motorcyclists from death or serious injury:
- Always wear a helmet. Helmets are the best protection from serious brain injury. Protective clothing can prevent other, less severe injuries such as road rash, abrasion and lacerations.
- Stay visible to other drivers. Many car-motorcycle accidents occur because the driver did not see the motorcyclist. Wear bright colors like red, yellow, or orange to increase your visibility. Wear reflective clothing and always use a light at night.
- Get training. Experience makes a difference. More than half of motorcycle accident victims had been riding their bike for less than five months, although some has prior experience.
If you or someone you love was injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle crash, request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. If you’d like to discuss your claim with a Wisconsin accident lawyer, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.
How can I make myself more visible to other drivers while riding my motorcycle in Green Bay?
Making yourself visible to other vehicles can greatly reduce the risk of being involved in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident. A motorcycle accident is much more dangerous than an auto accident; in fact they are up to 35 times more fatal on a per-mile basis. Taking every preventative step to prevent one will greatly lower your odds of injury.
One of the things a rider can do to help prevent a Green Bay motorcycle accident is to be as visible as possible to other drivers on the road. Some ways you can maximize your visibility as a motorcyclist are:
- Wear bright colors. There is a wide range of riding gear that features bright, visible colors for the rider. Bright colors stand out much more and will catch the eye of other drivers.
- Use lights. Your motorcycle should be set to have your headlights come on every time the motor is running. Even during the daytime, use your headlight. Also be sure to use your turn signals every time a turn or lane switch is made.
- Stay out of blind spots. Motorcycles are much smaller than cars, making them harder to see in a driver’s blind spot. When riding with other traffic, be sure to not ride next to a passenger vehicle if at all possible.
Being more visible to other drivers will help reduce—but not eliminate—motorcycle crashes in Wisconsin. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. A Wisconsin motorcycle crash attorney can help you receive the settlement you deserve. Call today at 800-800-5678 to schedule a free appointment with a Green Bay personal injury lawyer from Hupy and Abraham. Also ask how you can receive a free copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
Following my motorcycle crash, are there things I should do to make sure my claim is strong?
If you were hurt in a Illinois motorcycle crash that was caused by the negligence of another driver, there are many things you can do to help ensure the strength of your personal injury claim including:
- See a doctor as soon as possible. It is vital to seek medical treatment immediately after the wreck for your own health and for the strength of your personal injury case.
- Collect evidence. If you are able to do so, take pictures on your cell phone following the wreck. The photographs should include the damage to your bike and the other driver’s car, as well as capturing the accident scene. Also, if there are any witnesses at the scene of the accident, ask for their contact information.
- Do not discuss the case. It is critical to the strength of your Gurnee personal injury claim that you do not give a recorded statement to the insurance company or discuss the case with the other driver so that your words cannot be used against you.
- Talk with an accident attorney. It is important to consult with a lawyer about your accident details, injuries, and what to say and not to say to the insurance company. Strategizing with an attorney can help make your case stronger and ensure a larger recovery for your injuries.
After a motorcycle wreck that caused injuries, call a Gurnee motorcycle accident attorney at Hupy & Abraham for a free consultation today toll-free at 866-625-2299 to talk with a knowledgeable motorcycle injury lawyer in Illinois today. We have eleven offices in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa; contact us today to be connected to the office serving your area.
I was hurt in a motorcycle accident after a driver swerved into me because of his blown tire. Should I contact a lawyer and how soon after the crash should I call one?
If you have been hurt in any type of accident due to someone else’s fault, it is always best to seek medical treatment and to call an accident attorney. At Hupy & Abraham, our Gurnee injury lawyers will even provide you with a free initial consultation. So, you have nothing to lose by calling and everything to gain.
It is never too early to talk with an attorney after an accident. This way you can learn more about your rights, how to protect your interests, and whether or not you are entitled to a financial recovery. The sooner you call a lawyer, the sooner your attorney can start investigating your crash and get to work on your recovery.
For instance, the tire company might be liable for your injuries, but your attorney will need to have the tire preserved for inspection. If you don’t call your lawyer for some time, your evidence may be destroyed.
Some of our Illinois motorcycle accident attorneys ride ourselves and know the dangers facing motorcyclists. We are passionate about protecting riders’ safety on our roads and encourage you to call us following a Gurnee motorcycle crash as soon as possible. You do not need to wait until you have spoken with the insurance company or wait on your full prognosis from the doctor. The sooner you call an accident attorney, the better your chances of recovering a higher settlement will be.
You can reach Hupy & Abraham toll-free at 866-625-2299 for a complimentary case consultation today.
Will wearing a helmet eliminate any chance that I will suffer a head injury in a motorcycle wreck?
The answer to your questions is, unfortunately, no. Although wearing a motorcycle helmet can help reduce your injuries—including spinal cord injury, head injury, traumatic brain injury and death—it will not completely remove your chances of ever suffering a head injury or other injury in a Wisconsin motorcycle crash.
Sometimes helmeted riders can get thrown from their bikes and still suffer head injuries, even with the use of a helmet. Additionally, helmets can sometimes come off riders in violent motorcycle wrecks. Furthermore, if riders have the wrong helmets on, they may suffer head injuries. For instance, if riders don’t have motorcycle helmets that are DOT or SNELL approved, they are more likely to suffer head injuries in a crash because their helmets may not meet penetration protection requirements.
Our Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorneys also ride, and we understand the risks of the road. We urge all motorcyclists to wear approved motorcycle helmets because they help reduce injuries and death, and we encourage motorcyclists to carry enough insurance coverage in case they are involved in serious accidents. However, we also know Wisconsin’s limited motorcycle helmet laws and respect your decision to wear one or not. And we will fight for helmeted and non-helmeted riders’ rights.
If you have been in a Appleton motorcycle wreck and suffered any type of injury because of someone else’s fault, please call Hupy & Abraham for a free consultation today toll-free at (800) 800-5678 to speak with one of our caring and experienced Wisconsin injury lawyers today.