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How Can a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Help You Fight for Compensation?

Accidents with motorcyclists are common in Milwaukee and across the state of Wisconsin. If you have injured in a motorcycle crash, the help of an attorney may be the key to your recovery. Fortunately, there are motorcycle attorneys available who can fight for your damages while you, or a loved one, concentrate on healing.

The motorcycle accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier are prepared to help you obtain the compensation you deserve after your accident. We can help you fight for compensation in the following motorcycle crash situations:

  • Multiple-Vehicle Motorcycle Accidents
  • Motorcycle Malfunction
  • Roadway Defects
  • Wrongful Death

If someone injured you or a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced lawyer on your side. Our motorcycle accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier are prepared to offer you a personal service that fits your case and your needs. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation. We understand this is a difficult time, but you do not have to face it alone.

4 steps you should take after a motorcycle accident

It is natural to feel overwhelmed when you have been involved in a motorcycle accident. Despite the challenges, however, keep a clear head and follow this course of action:

  1. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION. It is important to seek medical attention immediately to address not only those injuries which are apparent, but also to identify injuries which may not otherwise be discovered for days or weeks.
  2. FILE A POLICE REPORT. You should immediately file a police report to document the location, date and time of the accident. By calling 911, you can request an officer meet you on the scene if possible. The officer should document damage to all vehicles involved, as well as note all injuries sustained by drivers, passengers or others at the time of the accident. It will also be helpful to take photographs or videos of the damage using your cell phone and ask nearby witnesses for details and contact information. Share this information with police officers and request a copy of your final accident report when possible.
  3. EXCHANGE INFORMATION. This is very important, especially for dealing with insurance companies. Obtain contact and automobile insurance information from everyone involved, if possible.
  4. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY. To start on your personal injury case, contact a qualified motorcycle accident attorney today and fight for the financial compensation you deserve.

wHAT cAUSES MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS IN Wisconsin?

There are many different factors that contribute to a motorcycle accident and it can be difficult to correctly discern the most direct causes without a careful and thorough investigation. A close examination may reveal that one or more of the following sources of danger were involved:

  • Roadway Defects – Improperly maintained roads can pose serious hazards, especially to motorcycles that are more sensitive to road conditions and rough terrain.
  • Motorcycle Defects or Malfunctions – If a part malfunctions during operation, a serious accident could occur. It may be possible to hold the manufacturer accountable for the defect.
  • Negligent or Reckless Drivers – Drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonable and safe manner while on the road. Motorcycles are entitled to the same rights as other motorists.
  • Intoxicated Motorists If someone has consumed alcohol and is driving, he or she may not be able to see bikers or react quickly enough to avoid a serious accident.
  • Distracted Drivers Distractions behind the wheel, including the use of social media, talking on the phone, eating, drinking, grooming, or other distractions can be deadly.
  • Aggressive Driving – Tailgating or driving aggressively can be especially dangerous if done around a motorcycle. Drivers should exercise caution and practice defensive driving, and not behave aggressively on the road.

Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents

Some common injuries that motorcyclists may suffer in the event of a collision with another vehicle are:

  • Broken bones and lacerations
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and spine injuries
  • Paralysis (quadriplegia, paraplegia)
  • Friction burns or “road rash”
  • Injuries to the face or other head trauma

Delayed injuries from motorcycle accidents

It is important to seek medical attention after a collision because a trained healthcare professional can best evaluate your condition. However, there are several other injuries that may not be discovered for days or even weeks after the accident including whiplash, soft tissue damage, concussion, back or neck injuries and emotional distress. Symptoms to be aware of after a motorcycle accident are:

  • Soreness
  • Headaches
  • Stiffness in shoulder or neck
  • Pain in shoulder, neck or back
  • Numbness in extremities like hands or arms
  • Pain, bruising, swelling in the abdominal area
  • Issues with memory, movement or vision/hearing
  • Anxiety or flashbacks

CONTACT HABUSH HABUSH & ROTTIER

At Habush Habush & Rottier, we’ve been successfully representing injured persons since 1930. We fight for what is right and our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys and staff are dedicated to getting our clients full compensation for their losses. There are no upfront fees—we don’t get paid unless you do.

We are committed to helping injured motorcyclists pursue legal claims. Contact the lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874).

 

Motorcycle Accident FAQs

Dealing with the legalities of a motorcycle accident can be difficult and stressful, especially if you are also recovering from physical and psychological injuries. As such, it may be difficult to recover the loss and damages you are entitled to. Experienced motorcycle accident attorneys will negotiate with the involved insurance companies to protect you and fight for your compensation.

The Habush Habush & Rottier team consists of more board-certified trial lawyers than any other law firm in Wisconsin, so we are confident you’ll find the representation you need after a motorcycle accident. Here are the points you should look for when searching for legal representation:

  • The attorney’s status with their state and local bar association
  • Results from previous cases
  • Reviews written by other clients
  • First contact: Did they answer your call? Were they polite or dismissive?
  • Personalized consultation, at no cost

Your attorney can calculate the losses you’ve experienced due to your motorcycle accident. Factors that determine the amount you are entitled to include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Current medical bills
  • Anticipated costs for future
  • medical expenses
  • Damage to personal property
  • Potential ADA modifications for your home or vehicle in the future, if necessary
  • Punitive damages from reckless drivers, where applicable

A motorcycle accident attorney can help you understand your guaranteed coverage between health insurance, motorcycle or auto insurance, and any supplemental options you have available.

As always, your health insurance may pay part of your medical care, but you are still responsible for your deductible and any related co-pays. You may also be responsible for ongoing treatments, like physical therapy, that are not covered in your plan. Also, remember, your health insurance will not cover other, non-medical losses related to your accident (like damage to property, lost wages, etc.).

In Wisconsin, your motorcycle insurance, with or without med-pay options, should cover property damage, bodily injury and uninsured motorists. Depending on your plan, it may also reimburse you for charges your health insurance holds you accountable for (like medical deductibles and co-pays). However, without legal aid it is difficult to understand and negotiate for the full amount you are due.

Finally, your case may fall into subrogation of benefits where you could be ultimately responsible for paying back your insurer for any healthcare costs you accrued. A motorcycle accident attorney can review your health insurance agreement to see if any subrogation claims apply and advocate on your behalf to make sure the claim is carried out fairly.

Results

  • $4.2 MILLION  to a motorcyclist hit on the expressway

  • $3.9 MILLION to a man who suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle crash in a construction zone 

  • $1.6 MILLION to motorcyclists struck by a truck