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Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Your motorcycle may be more than a vehicle for you. It may be a symbol of freedom and adventure. You may enjoy driving it to and from work or going on hours-long rides. Unfortunately, despite your training, experience, and best efforts, anyone can find themselves involved in a crash. Vehicle drivers often cause accidents with motorcycles. If you were injured in a motorcycle crash caused by someone else, do not hesitate to reach out to our Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers at Studinski Law, LLC.
With offices in Plover and Marshfield, Studinski Law, LLC serves clients throughout Wisconsin, including Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, and Waupaca. Call (715) 343-2850 to schedule a free initial consultation. We are here to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to under the law.
Negligent Driving Leads to Motorcycle Accidents
When everyone on the road is aware of their surroundings, obeys the law, and drives cautiously, motorcycle and vehicle accidents are entirely avoidable. However, negligent behavior can lead to serious collisions.
Some of the most common types of negligent driving that cause motorcycle accidents are:
- Vehicles making left-hand turns in front of motorcycles
- Vehicles changing lanes into a motorcycle
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Lane splitting
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
In some situations, motorcycle accidents cause only mild-to-moderate injuries like road rash, lacerations, and minor bone fractures. All of these require immediate medical attention, yet individuals can recover from them relatively quickly and usually regain full functioning and feeling, albeit with a few scars.
However, because motorcycle riders are not protected like vehicle drivers and passengers, they often suffer serious-to-catastrophic injuries in a crash, including:
- More serious bone fractures
- Spinal cord injuries, which may lead to full or partial paralysis
- Mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Long-term or permanent disabilities
Pursuing Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver or rider, contact our Wisconsin motorcycle lawyers today. When a collision is the result of another person’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional wrongdoing, then you have the right to attempt to hold that person responsible for their actions and obtain compensation for your injuries.
To move forward with a personal injury claim after a motorcycle crash, you will need evidence of the other person’s improper actions. This requires investigating the accident. At Studinski Law, LLC, we understand you may not know where to start. Besides, you have your hands full with your recovery. That is why we are here to review the police report, go over photos and videos of the crash, speak with witnesses, hire experts, and more. We are ready to dive into your situation to determine liability. It’s necessary to speak to a traffic accident lawyer.
Once we determine who is responsible for your injuries and potential compensation, we can move forward with a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. Whether negotiating directly with an insurer or taking your case to court, we will pursue compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Wage loss
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of society and companionship
- Property damage, when applicable
- Punitive damages, when applicable
Factors That Could Reduce or Bar Your Financial Recovery
As a motorcyclist, there are actions you may have taken prior to the accident that could reduce your recovery or prohibit you from obtaining any compensation. Under Wisconsin’s contributory negligence law, you may not recover compensation for personal injuries if you are more than half at fault for the accident that caused them. Additionally, if you are 50 percent or less at fault, your financial recovery will be reduced by the proportion of your responsibility. Therefore, if the court determines you were 25 percent at fault for the crash, then your compensation will be reduced by one-fourth. Some of the factors that could cause the court to find you contributed to your own injuries are speeding and lane splitting.
Wisconsin Motorcycle Laws – Helmet & Eye Protection
Adult motorcycle riders in Wisconsin are not required to wear helmets. Only those who are 17 years or younger or driving on an instructional permit must wear an appropriate helmet. While it may be in your best interest to always wear a helmet, Wisconsin law does not require you to. Therefore, if you are not wearing a helmet when the accident occurs and this results in an injury or more serious injury, the at-fault driver cannot use this against you. The at-fault driver cannot say you were negligent for not wearing the helmet and try to reduce your compensation since you had no responsibility to wear one.
However, Wisconsin does have some requirements for motorcycle riders. While operating a motorcycle on public roads, you must wear eye protection such as a face shield, glasses, or goggles, unless your motorcycle has an appropriate windshield. If you were not wearing the appropriate eye protection at the time of your accident and you suffered an eye injury, the at-fault driver could try and use this against you. Speak with one of our Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorneys right away.
Call A Skilled Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
While you may be able to get up and walk away from a minor motorcycle accident, you might also have suffered catastrophic injuries in a crash. If you are facing a long recovery, disfigurement, or disability after an accident, do not try and seek compensation alone. You will benefit from working with our motor vehicle accident lawyer who have hands-on experienced with motorcycle injury cases. We know how to investigate your claim and prepare for any allegations of contributory negligence. Call us today at (715) 343-2850 to schedule a time to discuss your case.