There have been approximately 2,000 motorcycle accidents each year in Wisconsin dating back to 2015. In 2021 alone, there were a total of 2,104 motorcycle accidents resulting in 1,796 injuries and 112 fatalities to motorcyclists.
There are many different causes of motorcycle crashes in Wisconsin. The most common cause is negligent or reckless driving of other motorists. Sometimes other drivers fail to see motorcycles because they are not keeping a careful lookout. Motorcycle accidents often occur because other motorists attempt to make a left hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcyclist that has the right of way. Some motorcycle crashes occur because other motorists are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving while distracted by their cellphone. At other times, motorcycle crashes occur because of roadway defects, negligent construction signage or defects with the motorcycle itself.
If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, whatever the cause, you should contact a motorcycle accident attorney as soon after the accident as possible. An experienced motorcycle attorney will investigate the crash to determine all potential causes, evaluate the insurance coverage for your claims and assist you in managing your medical expenses, lost wages and other financial losses.
Because motorcyclists are less protected than those in cars or trucks, the injuries from a crash can potentially be extremely serious. Motorcyclists can also sustain injuries that are not immediately apparent, such as muscle strains and sprains, soft tissue damage, contusions, and emotional injuries. It is important that all injuries or potential injuries from a motorcycle accident be evaluated by healthcare professionals so that any necessary treatment may be obtained, and the injuries can be properly documented.
What are the steps that you should take following a motorcycle crash?
- Contact the police so that the facts of the crash are properly documented, and all involved parties are identified.
- Seek medical care as soon as possible. Do not assume that you are “fine”. Adrenaline can mask injuries for a period of time following a crash.
- Take or obtain photographs of the motorcycle, other vehicles involved, the scene and your injuries.
- Notify your motorcycle insurance company even when the crash is not your fault.
- Obtain the other drivers insurance information. While police typically put this information on the police report, copies of the police report are sometimes unavailable for weeks, and sometimes months, after a crash.
- Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer for a consultation as soon as possible. Motorcycle crashes can be complex, and the outcome of your case can depend greatly on how the accident and claim was analyzed and managed from very early on.
At Habush Habush & Rottier, your consultation with our attorneys is free and confidential. You will have every opportunity to ask questions about the law and the claims process related to your crash. A qualified motorcycle attorney will make sure that you receive fair compensation for the damage done to your motorcycle, medical bills, lost wages and the pain and suffering associated with your injuries. Having an experienced motorcycle crash attorney handle all communications with the various insurance companies and pursue your claims, will allow you to focus on your medical treatment and recovery.