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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.
Should I call a Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney if I suffered a head injury in a motorcycle crash while I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
Yes, you should call a Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer if you suffered a traumatic brain injury, head injury, or other type of injury in a motorcycle wreck. Wisconsin motorcycle helmet laws only require you to wear a helmet if you are driving with an instructional or learner’s permit. After that, the choice of whether to wear a helmet on any particular ride is up to the motorcyclist or passenger.
Of course, the insurance company or other representative of the person who caused the accident may try to make a big deal out of the fact that you did not wear a helmet and may try to pressure you into a low settlement based on that fact. If you are receiving phone calls from an insurance adjuster or are otherwise unsure about how to proceed with your potential recovery then it is time to contact an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle crash lawyer for a FREE consultation.
Our lawyers will work hard to make sure that your rights are protected, whether or not you were wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. We will work hard to help you recover your medical expenses, out of pocket expenses, lost income, and for your pain and suffering. You can reach an experienced lawyer today at 1-800-800-5678 or 1-414-223-4800.
We also invite you to learn more about your rights today by reading a copy of our FREE book: The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
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.