Experienced Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycles lack many of the important safety protections cars and other larger motor vehicles have. Because of this, the injuries that result from motorcycle accidents are usually quite severe. If you have recently been injured in a motorcycle accident, working with a trusted attorney can help you obtain the compensation you need.
At Nicolet Law Office, we handle motorcycle accident claims for clients throughout western Wisconsin. With a wealth of experience handling motorcycle accident cases, our lawyers know how seek the compensation our clients deserve following a serious accident. Let us focus on your case so that you can focus on your physical recovery.
Severe Injuries from Wisconsin Motorcycle Accidents
Our local, compassionate lawyers handle cases involving some of the most catastrophic motorcycle accident injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): Motorcyclists are more exposed and vulnerable than most motor vehicle passengers, putting them at an increased risk of sustaining TBIs. All motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet on every ride.
- Back and neck injuries: Spinal cord injuries are particularly serious, as they often result in full or partial paralysis. Other common back and neck injuries include whiplash, crushed disks, and cervical fractures.
- Broken bones: Bone fractures can occur in any part of the body and can vary in terms of severity. Motorcycle accidents frequently lead to broken or fractured bones in a rider’s legs, arms, and wrists.
- Lost limbs and amputations: When tissue has been severely damaged, a victim’s body may not be able to heal the injury. Sometimes, surgeons will remove the damaged area to help the victim’s overall recovery.
- Severe emotional trauma: Although being in an accident is bad enough, the resulting stress and emotional trauma often lasts long after the physical injuries have healed.
At Nicolet Law Office, we care about your health and well-being. While some law firms will look for quick settlements that cover only a client’s immediate medical expenses, we will go the extra mile. We will do everything in our power to determine the lifelong extent of your injuries and fight to get you the compensation that you need to recover.
Wisconsin Motorcycle Laws and Safety Tips
There are a number of laws concerning motorcycle use in the state of Wisconsin, and all motorcyclists should know and obey these laws to protect themselves and other motorists.
In Wisconsin, motorcyclists and passengers under the age of 18 are required to wear helmets that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The same is true for motorcyclists with a training permit. In order to meet these standards, the helmet’s chin strap has to be properly fastened.
Wisconsin law also states that it is illegal to operate a motorcycle unless the vehicle’s owner or operator has liability insurance. Drivers should carry proof of this insurance on every ride.
If someone is in a motorcycle accident, he or she has a limited amount of time to bring a lawsuit to court. Wisconsin Statutes Section 893.54 states that the victim must file a lawsuit within three years of the accident date. Similarly, an individual seeking compensation for property damage has three years after the accident to file a lawsuit.
However, these timelines can change and there are some exceptions, including an extended period of time for minor children. We recommend that motorcycle accident victims work with an experienced personal injury attorney who can ensure they do not miss their filing deadline.
Statistics suggest that, on average, a motorcycle accident occurs almost every four hours in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) offers the following recommendations for motorcyclists:
- Wear the right gear. Though helmets are not required for most motorcyclists, riders are more likely to avoid serious injuries and death if they wear a DOT-approved helmet or a shatter-resistant face shield.
- Familiarize yourself with the vehicle. Motorcycles are complex machines, and inexperienced riders are at an increased risk of being in an accident. According to Wisconsin’s DOT, the majority of motorcycle accidents occur on vehicles that have been driven by the operator for less than six months.
- Check the motorcycle equipment. Motorcycles tend to require more attention than cars, and riders are advised to inspect their vehicles’ tires, brakes, headlights, and fluid levels on a regular basis.
- Don’t drink and ride. Motorcyclists need to be able to react appropriately to their environment and make rapid decisions. Alcohol inhibits these abilities and should be avoided before every ride.
Common Causes of Wisconsin Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are as unique as the riders involved. However, there are some causes that are more common than others. These include:
- Poor road conditions: Road hazards pose a greater threat to motorcycles than to cars or other motor vehicles. Common dangers include potholes, wet pavement, snow, ice, and construction debris.
- Lane splitting: This is when a motorcyclist rides between lanes of slow or stopped traffic. While lane splitting allows a rider to bypass traffic, it may also increase a motorcyclist’s likelihood of being in an accident.
- Defective motorcycle: Design or manufacturing defects with a motorcycle can lead to serious accidents on the road. Defects often occur with brakes, steering systems, and tires.
- Failing to follow traffic laws: All drivers—regardless of their vehicle type—have a duty to obey traffic laws. Speeding, tailgating, and failing to stop at a stoplight or stop sign increase a driver’s risk of being in or causing an accident.
- Distracted driving: Drivers who are distracted will have a harder time noticing motorcyclists, who are less conspicuous than larger vehicles.
- Drunk driving: Alcohol use is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents nationwide. Approximately 2,100 motorcyclists die as a result of accidents that involve substance abuse every year.
If you or a loved one have sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, we encourage you to contact a local attorney as soon as possible. There is no risk to scheduling a free consultation with a lawyer, and there is no replacement for quality legal representation.
Contact a Trusted Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident Attorney
When the approachable attorneys at Nicolet Law Office take your case, we will take care of dealing with the insurance companies so that you can focus on your health and well-being. We will stop at nothing to secure maximum compensation for your injuries.
Our firm is proud to represent our clients on a contingency basis. In other words, you don’t pay unless we win. Call us today at 1-855-NICOLET or contact us online to learn how we can help you with your case.