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Why don’t I have to wear a motorcycle helmet in Wisconsin, Iowa or Illinois but I do when I drive my motorcycle in some other states?
State law determines whether or not you have to wear a motorcycle helmet. Currently, there is not an Illinois motorcycle helmet law, which means that motorcycle riders are not required to wear a helmet. As of June 2012, Illinois is one of only three states in the nation without any kind of motorcycle helmet law. In Wisconsin, motorcycle helmet laws require only those with instructional or learner’s permits to wear a helmet. The vast majority of adult motorcycle riders do not have to wear a helmet. Other states have different laws and it is important to know those laws before you ride a motorcycle in a different state.
Of course, just because the law does not require you to wear a helmet does not mean that you should not wear a helmet. All Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin motorcycle drivers and passengers have the right to wear a helmet. Helmets have been shown to prevent serious traumatic brain injuries and fatalities in motorcycle accidents. Accordingly, many groups recommend that motorcycle riders consistently wear helmets for protection.
If you have been hurt in a Wisconsin, Illinois, or Iowa motorcycle accident then it is important to contact a Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer regardless of whether you were wearing a helmet. Hupy and Abraham maintain seven offices across Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin for your convenience. You can reach an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney by calling 1-800-800-5678 toll-free to be connected to the nearest Hupy and Abraham office.
If you, or a loved one, have been hurt then we also encourage you to download a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, to learn more about protecting your rights and possible recovery.
What should I look for when purchasing a motorcycle helmet?
If you are over the age of 18 it is not required that you wear a helmet while motorcycling in Wisconsin. Statistics show that wearing a helmet helps protect your life if you are involved in a motorcycle crash. In 2010 there were 98 motorcycle crashes in Wisconsin, and only 23 of the riders involved were wearing helmets.
If you have made the decision to buy a helmet, there are a few important things to look for. They are:
- DOT certified. The most important thing to look for when buying a helmet is whether or not it is DOT certified. A DOT certified helmet means it meets the standards of U.S. Department of Transportation. These helmets are going to provide the most protection.
- Weight. Riding for a long distance is very wearing on the body. A lightweight helmet will keep your neck from becoming fatigued. Being fatigued while driving can be dangerous.
- Fit. Wearing a helmet that is too big or small can be just as dangerous as not wearing one at all. Try on different sizes and find the one that fits snugly, but not too tight.
- Style. For most Wisconsin motorcycle riders, it is important to look good on the bike. There are many different shapes, colors, and designs to pick from.
Wearing a helmet while riding can help minimize your injuries if you are involved in a Wisconsin highway collision, but of course no piece of equipment can keep you 100 percent sale. If you have been the victim of a Wisconsin motorcycle wreck, contact the Wisconsin motorcycle injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham.
With seven offices in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, and with many of our lawyers who enjoy motorcycling, Hupy and Abraham can assure you that your case will be heard respectfully. Give us a call toll-free at 1-800-800-5678, and we will set up a FREE conference with attorneys at our nearest office—and we’ll send you a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, which will be yours to keep even if you don’t hire us.
How can I stay safe on my motorcycle in wet weather?
Riding your motorcycle in Green Bay may mean that at times you have to ride in the rain or on wet roads. Whether you get an unexpected shower or have no other means of transportation, riding in the wet weather may be inevitable. Unfortunately there is no way to be sheltered from the rain while on the bike.
Riding in wet weather can be very dangerous. If you get in a situation where you have to ride in such conditions, it is important to know how to stay safe. Some things you can do to keep from an accident are:
- Wait it out. If it is raining and you think it might stop soon it is best to just wait it out, if at all possible.
- Avoid puddles. Keep out of puddles on the road. If you can avoid the puddles it will keep you from hydroplaning and sliding.
- Be prepared. Being prepared in advanced will save you big trouble in the future. Keep with you a set of rain gear and goggles.
- Take your time. You may be hurrying to get out of the wet weather, but this can cause a serious wreck. Take your time and ensure you make it safely to your destination.
- Avoid other vehicles. Stay away from automobiles and other traffic. Motorcycles are hard to see in good weather, and even harder to see in rain, snow, or fog. Staying a safe distance will also keep you safe from another vehicle sliding into you.
Staying safe should always be your first priority. If you have been involved in a Green Bay motorcycle wreck, contact a Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorney at Hupy and Abraham and receive a free case analysis. Reach us today at 920-593-5050 locally or 800-800-5678 toll-free. Hupy and Abraham has seven offices across Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, so we can connect you to the personal injury lawyers who serve your area with a single phone call. Just for calling, we can send you a FREE copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
How can I avoid being in an alcohol-related motorcycle accident in Green Bay?
Consumption of alcoholic beverages has become an important part of modern society. We consume drinks to celebrate, to mourn, to socialize, and for many other reasons. On many occasions, the consumption of alcohol is away from where we live. That leaves the one drinking with a problem of how to get home.
Drinking or not, there are things you can do to avoid being involved in an alcohol-related Green Bay motorcycle accident. Here are some of things you can do:
- Plan ahead. If you intend to drink, plan your evening in advance and leave your motorcycle at home. Not having it there to tempt you to ride will keep you from making poor decisions.
- One and done. If you have your bike with you and have more than one drink, plan on not riding at all. Call a friend or call a cab.
- Be cautious. While riding, keep an eye out for others on the road who appear to be driving erratically. Drivers under the influence are extremely dangerous to motorcycles.
- Sleep it off. Do not get back on your motorcycle until you know you have no alcohol in your system. Waiting until the next day after a good sleep is the best way to ensure you are sober.
Alcohol and motorcycling simply don’t mix. If you have fallen victim to alcohol or other Wisconsin motorcycle accidents, contact a Green Bay bike crash attorney at Hupy and Abraham. They will give you a free case evaluation and let you know your options. Call 920-593-5050 (local) or 800-800-5678 (toll-free) today and you can receive a FREE copy of the book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
Why should I take a motorcycle refresher course? Do I have to?
As Milwaukee personal injury lawyers, we always want your safety to come first. By taking a refresher course in motorcycle skills and road rules, you will be able to improve your safety skills in order to avoid a potential fatal motorcycle accident in Wisconsin.
As of now, the state is not requiring retraining for motorcyclists, but it is a good idea to take a class so that your chances of a crash are minimized. When you learn more about your bike, how to handle it in inclement weather conditions and relearn the road rules that are sometimes forgotten, you may be able to avoid becoming a statistic.
Sadly, about 50 percent of deadly motorcycle wrecks that occurred in 2010 involved a motorcyclist with five months of experience or less, and a little over 90 percent of riders taught themselves or were taught by a family member how to ride a motorcycle.
These statistics spurred the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to develop on these motorcycle safety education courses. The current series of courses includes classes for the new rider; for the experienced rider who needs to polish his skills; for the advanced rider; and for riders who operate trikes.
Our Wisconsin motorcycle crash attorneys at Hupy and Abraham encourage riders to take refresher courses; as bike fans ourselves, we believe that a new focus on skills will benefit most riders. However, we know that even the safest rider can get injured in a wreck caused by the negligence of another. If you have been hurt in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident, call us today for a free consultation toll-free at 800-800-5678.
Does Wisconsin law require that I wear a motorcycle helmet as the driver or passenger of a bike?
In 1978 Wisconsin repealed its universal helmet law for motorcyclists. Currently, the Wisconsin motorcycle helmet law is what is known as a partial helmet law, because it applies only to certain people. Specifically, it is against the law to ride a motorcycle without a helmet in Wisconsin if you are under age 18 or if you are operating the motorcycle with an instructional permit.
Of course, just because Wisconsin law does not require you to wear helmet does not mean that you shouldn’t wear a helmet as an adult. Various studies have found that motorcycle helmets can significantly reduce motorcycle accident injuries and deaths. Accordingly, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and others encourage all states to adopt universal helmet laws that require all motorcyclists and passengers to wear helmets.
You may have the right to recover damages for accident related injuries if you were hurt in a Milwaukee motorcycle crash, regardless of whether you were wearing a helmet at the time of your accident. In order to make sure that your rights, and potential recovery, are protected, it is important to contact an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle crash lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. You can reach an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney today via this website or by calling 414-223-4800 (local) or 1-800-800-5678 (toll-free throughout Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin).
We also invite you to read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, to learn more about how to protect your rights.
What is the proper attire to wear while motorcycling in Green Bay?
Perhaps you are a new rider looking to buy your new riding gear. Or maybe you are an experienced rider looking for something different. Either way, it is important to wear the appropriate attire to keep you safe on the roadways. Some of the gear you should consider is:
- DOT approved helmet. This will be the most important purchase you make in regards to your riding attire. A DOT approved helmet meets all the requirements set forth by the Department of Transportation.
- Leathers. Wearing leather will not only keep you warm but also prevent road rash if ever you are in a Wisconsin bike wreck. Also consider purchasing leathers that have padding sewn in, giving extra protection.
- Boots. A good pair of riding boots protects your feet from the hot motor. Boots will also keep your feet protected from any of the moving parts, as well as the ground.
- Colors. Wear a bright colored vest such as yellow or orange. This will make you more visible to other vehicles on the road.
Wearing protective gear while riding well help keep you safer, but not completely safe. Riding can be dangerous, especially in high traffic areas where other vehicles can cause you to wreck.
If you have been involved in a Green Bay motorcycle accident contact a Wisconsin motorcycle crash attorney at Hupy and Abraham for a free case evaluation. Reach us at 920-593-5050 (local) or 800-800-5678 (toll-free) today, and request your FREE copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
How can I prepare my motorcycle for the cold Milwaukee winter?
Summer fades and the leaves begin to fall bringing the first signs of winter and the conclusion of the riding season. Before parking your motorcycle for the winter it is important to winterize it. Prepping your motorcycle for the winter will keep your bike running well, and ultimately will keep you safer on the road. A few steps to winterize your motorcycle are:
- Change the oil. Even if you are not due for an oil change you should still put fresh oil in. This will get rid of any byproducts produced from combustion.
- Add a fuel stabilizer. Fill the gas tank up and add a winterizing fuel conditioner. This will keep the fuel from going stale.
- Store the battery. Remove the battery from the motorcycle. The battery should be recharged every two weeks.
- Prepare the surface. Give your bike a fresh coat of wax. The wax will act as a barrier against rust and moisture. Also lightly spray all metal surfaces with WD-40.
- Store it. Once you are ready to park it for the winter, find a dry place to keep it. Cover it with a motorcycle tarp to protect it from any dust and moisture.
Even though you take precautions to keep your bike running well and keep yourself safe, accidents still occur. If you have been involved in a Milwaukee motorcycle wreck you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Wisconsin motorcycle crash attorney from Hupy and Abraham to receive a free case evaluation. If you call our Milwaukee office today at 414-223-4800 (local) or 800-800-5678 (toll-free), you can receive a FREE copy of the book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
How can I avoid being involved in a Madison motorcycle accident?
Riding the open road on a motorcycle has become very popular in recent years. In fact in the state of Wisconsin there are six registered motorcycles for every 100 residents. In the past ten years the number of motorcycle licenses issued has increased by 27 percent.
Along with the surge in the number of people riding motorcycles, we have seen a surge in the frequency of Wisconsin motorcycle wrecks. There were 2,214 Wisconsin motorcyclists injured on the road in 2010. With the numbers being so high, it is important to know how to stay safe on the road. Some steps you can take to stay safe while riding are:
- Check your bike. Give your motorcycle a detailed inspection before riding. Check to see that all bolts, mounts and nuts are tight. Check for any excessive wear on the tires. Be sure all fluids and fuel are at the recommended levels. Start your bike and make sure all lights and blinkers are working correctly.
- Ride wisely. While riding the motorcycle you should speed up gradually and brake slowly. When turning use your blinkers. Before you hit the road know the laws and follow them.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Many motorcycle accidents are due to other vehicles. While riding stay aware of what other vehicles are doing around you. Keep a safe distance from other autos.
As you enjoy the freedom of riding a motorcycle, staying safe should be a top priority. Taking precautions can reduce your risks—but, sadly, safety measures cannot guarantee you won’t be involved in an accident.
If you have been in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Madison motorcycle lawyers of the Hupy & Abraham law firm for a free consultation. Call 608-277-7777 (local) or 888-277-4879 (toll-free) today and you can receive a FREE copy of the book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
Do I have to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle in Wisconsin?
Twenty states have mandatory helmet laws; Wisconsin is not one of those states. In Wisconsin, only motorcyclists under age 18 must wear a helmet.
However, wearing a helmet is not a bad idea. Numerous studies show that wearing a helmet can make a significant difference in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident.
- In Kentucky, motorcyclists who did not wear helmets were 4.4 times more likely to suffer a head injury in a motorcycle crash.
- A French study found that a helmet decreases serious motorcycle accident injury by 66 percent.
- In Thailand head injuries decreased by 41 percent in two years after helmets became mandatory.
- When helmet laws were repealed in Arkansas and Texas, helmet use dropped to 52 percent in Arkansas and to 66 percent in Texas. Motorcycle fatalities increased 21 percent in Arkansas and 31 percent in Texas.
If you are over 18, it is your choice whether or not to wear a helmet. However, our Wisconsin motorcycle lawyers have seen the devastation that a motorcycle accident brain injury can cause. We suggest that you make this choice carefully.
If you choose to wear a helmet, choose one that fits well and doesn’t obstruct your vision. For more information, read our article, “A Wisconsin Motorcycle Lawyer’s Guide To Choosing Your Motorcycle Helmet.”
If you are injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle crash, be sure to request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. The guide explains your rights and how to protect them. If you would like to discuss your crash with a Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney, contact Hupy & Abraham at 800-800-5678.