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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 injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident. The crash occurred when a deer ran into the road. I was unable to stop. I know that I can’t file an injury claim against the deer. Can I file a claim against my own insurance?

    Wisconsin is ranked seventh in the nation for deer-auto accidents. While there are no rankings for Wisconsin deer-motorcycle accidents, these are not uncommon. Deer are hard to see. If they are spooked by the sound of an oncoming vehicle, they may run into the road. There may be nothing a motorcyclist can do to avoid a crash. Many deer-motorcycle accidents are quite serious and result in extensive injuries. The victim may be left with thousands of dollars in medical bills.

    You are right: you cannot expect a deer to pay your medical expenses. And there’s a good chance that your own insurance company won’t pay the bills. In Wisconsin, drivers are only required to carry liability insurance. Unless you have additional no-fault or personal injury protection coverage, your insurance company may not offer much help.

    If you do carry PIP or no-fault coverage, your insurance company should cover your medical bills up to the limit of your policy. But you must make your claim in a timely manner.

    To learn more about Wisconsin motorcycle accident injury claims, request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. If you’d like to discuss your claim with a Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.

  • My motorcycle passenger is drunk. Should I allow that person to get on my bike with me if I’m riding in Milwaukee?

    Motorcycle passengers, unlike passengers in other vehicles, contribute to the safe driving of the vehicle. You count on your passenger to hold on, to know when to shift his or her weight, and to avoid distracting you or making sudden movements that could result in a Milwaukee motorcycle accident.

    Accordingly, it is important to think twice about allowing a passenger who has been drinking to get on your bike. The result of a drunken passenger could be a serious crash that results in injuries or fatalities. It may be safer to find another way for your passenger to get to his or her destination.

    If a motorcycle driver or passenger who was drinking has injured you, then you may have the right to recover damages for your injuries. Damages may include compensation for your past, current and future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, out-of-pocket costs, lost income, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other financial consequences of your Milwaukee motorcycle accident injuries.

    Of course, insurers may not readily hand over fair and adequate damages to you. Instead, you and your Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer may need to fight for your just recovery. You can get started on your possible recovery today by contacting a Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800 and by finding out more about your rights in our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.

  • What kinds of injuries are caused by an Illinois motorcycle lay-down?

    Years of progress in motorcycle engineering have changed the dynamics of how a motorcycle should be ridden. One of the techniques that used to be taught to motorcycle riders was to lay down the motorcycle in order to avoid a Gurnee motorcycle crash. With modern improvements in the design of the bike and its braking capabilities, laying down the motorcycle is no longer a good idea.

    This technique is still, unfortunately, used by many of today’s old-school riders. The end result of a lay-down is almost always some sort of damage. There are a number of things that can be damaged during the typical motorcycle lay-down in Illinois, such as:

    • Motorcycle damage. Motorcycles are easy to damage during a crash of any sort. To purposely lay it over while riding at any speed is likely to inflict damage on the bike. Most of the time damage will be cosmetic, but you can also damage the frame, exhaust, wiring, and controls.
    • Bodily damage. Most of the people who have used the lay-down technique have one thing in common: they have almost all been injured during they maneuver. It is a technique that is dangerous. Head injuries, neck injuries, serious road burn, and broken bones are often associated with lay-down attempts.
    • Riding gear damage. Helmets, leathers, padding, and boots can become damaged as they slide along the pavement. Some of the rider’s gear will most likely have to be replaced afterwards.

    Motorcycles are an exciting mode of transportation, but they can also be dangerous. If you have been injured on a motorcycle, you may be entitled to compensation. To find out if you have a case, contact an experienced Gurnee motorcycle accident lawyer at Hupy and Abraham. For a free case evaluation call 866-625-2299 today. 

  • How can I recover from a broken hip after a Wausau motorcycle crash?

    As you well know, a broken hip can be a significant injury. Depending on the severity of the break, your age, and your general health you may require surgery, a hospital stay, in-patient rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation services. During this time, you may be unable to work, unable to participate in your usual activities, and you may be in a lot of pain. Thus, your recovery may include medical treatment, physical therapy, and financial damages.

    Your doctor will recommend the best course of treatment and work together with your physical therapist to help you recover from your physical injuries as soon as possible. Similarly, a Wausau motorcycle accident lawyer will work with you, your doctor, and insurance companies to help you get the financial recovery that you deserve after your accident.

    Generally, damages for a motorcycle accident broken hip may include compensation for all of your medical expenses, hospitalizations, physical therapy, other rehabilitative therapy, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, and pain and suffering. The amount first offered to you by an insurance company may not be sufficient to cover all of the expenses and pain that you have already incurred and that you are likely to incur in the future.

    Accordingly, your Wausau motorcycle accident attorney will fight hard to get you the fair recovery that you deserve. For more information, please contact an experienced Wisconsin motorcycle crash lawyer today at 1-800-800-5678 or 715-298-4400 and please download a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.

  • I will be participating in a group ride. Are there special safety rules for group motorcycle riding?

    For many, motorcycling riding is an individual activity, and participating in an organized motorcycle rally or riding with a group of friends can be a fun change of pace. However, because there are so many people involved, there are more risks in group riding. By following these safety tips from out Appleton motorcycle attorneys, you can a fun and safe group ride.

    Be prepared

    • Plan the ride in advance.
    • Arrive at the meeting on time.
    • Arrive at with a full gas tank.
    • Hold a riders’ meeting before getting on the bikes. Discuss the route and stops for fuel, food and rest, and what to do if a rider is separated from the group.
    • If you are in a large group, break into groups of manageable size, about five to seven riders.
    • Assign experienced riders as lead and sweep/tail.
    • The leader should have a feel for the group’s riding style and individual weaknesses.
    • Make sure that at least one rider has a cell phone, tool kit, and first aid kit.
    • Review motorcycle hand signals.

    Ride in formation

    Safety experts recommend a staggered riding formation where alternating riders use opposite thirds of the lane and are spaced at least two bike lengths apart. This allows a space cushion between the motorcycles so riders have the time and space needed to maneuver around hazards. If visibility is poor or there are road hazards, riding single file may be safer. Avoid riding side-by-side. Always follow traffic laws.

    As Appleton motorcycle injury lawyers, we know that riding safely isn’t always enough. Many accidents are caused by drivers who simply don’t see or watch for motorcycles. That’s why we offer free “Watch for Motorcycles” stickers on our website. 

    To learn what to do after a Wisconsin motorcycle accident, request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. To schedule a free appointment with an Appleton motorcycle injury attorney, contact Hupy and Abraham at (800) 800-5678

  • My doctor says I need rehabilitation therapy and that I can’t return to work after my Milwaukee motorcycle accident pelvic injury. How am I going to afford this?

    The news that you need extensive physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or some other type of rehabilitation therapy can be frightening when you are out of work. You know that you need to do what the doctor tells you so that you can recover to the maximum extent possible, but how are you going to pay for rehabilitation bills when you are struggling to pay your daily living expenses?

    If someone else caused your motorcycle accident injuries then that person, or that person’s insurance company, may be responsible for paying for your injuries. Your injuries may include income that you have lost because you have been unable to work, medical expenses, and rehabilitation therapies ordered by your doctor. Additionally, you may be able to be compensated for your out-of-pocket costs and your pain and suffering.

    The person who caused your injuries, or the insurance company responsible for paying for your injuries, may not just hand over the money that you deserve after an accident. Instead, you may need to contact an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle crash lawyer to discuss your rights and to fight for your fair and just recovery.

    For more information about your potential recovery, we encourage you to contact our Milwaukee motorcycle accident law firm today at 1-800-800-5678 or locally at 414-223-4800. We also encourage you to learn more about what to do after an accident in our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.

  • What are the benefits of using an attorney for my Milwaukee motorcycle accident settlement?

    Riding a motorcycle has its risks. One of those risks is being involved in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident and being injured. Motorcycle accidents generally cause more injuries than any other type of transportation. Because of these injuries, a high percentage of accidents will end up in a settlement with an insurance company.

    Many riders think that reaching a settlement with an insurance company is as easy as calling them and wait for their check. This is not the case. Insurance companies are not in the business of paying generously. To reach the settlement that you deserve it is important to use a Wisconsin motorcycle crash lawyer who is experienced in the area. Some benefits of using one of these lawyers are:

    • Negotiations. Using an attorney will relieve you from the stress of having to negotiate your payout. An experienced lawyer will know what your case is worth and aim for that amount.
    • Dealing with the adjusters. Your attorney will be able to deal directly with the insurance adjusters. Many adjusters take advantage of the fact that victims are unaware of legal terms and what they are entitled to.
    • Higher payout. An experienced Wisconsin motorcycle wreck attorney will generally be able to get you a higher pay out than if you try to do it alone.
    • Guidance. An attorney can guide you through the settlement process. He can answer any questions you may have.

    If you have been involved in an accident, you need to rely on an attorney who will get you the compensation you deserve. Contact one of the experienced attorneys at Hupy and Abraham for a free consultation. Call 800-800-5678 today to have your legal questions answered.

  • 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