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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 Accident & Injury Lawyers, we handle motorcycle accident claims for clients throughout western Wisconsin. With a wealth of experience handling motorcycle accident cases, our Wisconsin motorcycle accident 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.
Our local, compassionate lawyers handle cases involving some of the most catastrophic motorcycle accident injuries, including:
At Nicolet Law, 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.
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:
Motorcycle accidents are as unique as the riders involved. However, there are some causes that are more common than others. These include:
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.
Most motorcycle enthusiasts would agree that Wisconsin has too short of a riding season. As soon as the snow melts, eager riders hit the roadways. Whether you’re a beginner or you have decades of riding experience under your belt, you may have questions about motorcycle accidents and what to do if you or a loved one sustains injuries in one.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) maintains statistics for all motor vehicle crashes in the state. Each year, the state experiences about 2,090 motorcycle accidents, resulting in 80 fatalities and 1,813 injuries. Of those injuries, 521 qualify as serious.
Roads that have a high rate of accidents pose a danger for all motor vehicles, including motorcycles.
Some of Wisconsin’s most dangerous roads include:
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) compile nationwide motorcycle accident statistics. Some commonalities for crashes that have at least one fatality include:
It’s no surprise that motorcycle accident injuries often prove more severe than those sustained in a car or truck crash. Motorcycle riders don’t have the protection of a vehicle’s steel frame and thus face a greater risk of injury when out on the road.
Some common motorcycle crash injuries include:
Motor vehicle accidents constitute the leading cause of spinal cord injuries and account for half of all new cases each year. Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis, a loss of sensation, loss of bowel and bladder control, and respiratory complications.
You can’t see all motorcycle accident injuries, and some may take days or weeks to present. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) impacts a person’s daily life and relationships with others. Some people will experience flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive thoughts. Others may experience emotional distress when they hear or see a motorcycle.
Some of the more common causes of motorcycle accidents in Wisconsin include:
Every state has its own statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits. Under Wisconsin law, injured individuals have three years from the date of their accidents to take legal action.
This may seem like a long time, but it can pass quickly. After an accident, motorcyclists will benefit from speaking with an attorney as soon as possible. They can learn right away if they have a legal case and discuss their options with an experienced attorney who knows the law and what to expect.
After a motorcycle accident in which multiple parties sustain injuries, nothing prohibits all of the injured parties from filing their own lawsuits. If you sustain injuries in such an accident, you may qualify to pursue compensation for your own medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
To find out for sure if you have a legal case, speak with our Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers.
Yes. Not all attorneys have experience with motorcycle accidents. These crashes can result in different and more serious injuries than a car accident. If you need legal advice or representation, you’ll want an attorney at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers who knows the ins and outs of Wisconsin motorcycle accidents. Contact us to learn more.
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.
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