Milwaukee Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Any motor vehicle accident can potentially be devastating. Crashes involving motorcyclists, however, have a tendency to be especially hazardous. Motorcycles offer little in the way of safety features and tend to be much smaller and lighter than the vehicles with which they might collide. This dangerous combination means that bikers are considerably more likely to suffer traumatic injuries or even to lose their lives in the event of a crash than are other motorists.

If you or your loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle wreck that was caused by another person or company’s negligent or reckless behaviors then it may be possible to recover financial compensation through a successful civil lawsuit. To determine whether this may be an appropriate measure to bring you relief, contact the Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at (414) 271-0900.

Sources of Danger

There are many different factors which may 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 was involved:

  • Roadway Defects – Improperly maintained roads can pose serious hazards, especially to motorcycles that are more sensitive to road conditions and are prone to accidents on rough terrain.
  • Motorcycle Defects or Malfunctions – If a part malfunctions during operation, a serious accident is highly likely. You may be eligible to hold the manufacturer accountable if the defect was not disclosed and a recall was not issued.
  • Negligent or Reckless Drivers – Drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles in a safe manner while on the road and to try to avoid accidents as much as possible.
  • Intoxicated Motorists – Drunk driving is by definition, negligent driving. If someone is drunk behind the wheel, they 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.

If your accident was caused by a preventable issue like these, you may have grounds for pursuing financial compensation. A Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, can help to ensure that your case receives the full consideration that is necessary.

Motorcycle Accident FAQs

If you have been hurt or if you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, it is critical that you call an experienced Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer today. Milwaukee is home to Harley Davidson, and we feel strongly about motorcycles and their place on the road. We are committed to fighting on behalf of bikers and their loved ones if they are hurt in an accident with a reckless or negligent driver. In order to ensure that you are aware of your rights and how an attorney can help following an accident, we have provided the answers to some frequently asked questions below.

How can an attorney help me?

An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will immediately go to work obtaining all of the necessary evidence associated with your accident. This means obtaining police reports, photos of the scene, and a physical inspection of the damaged bike. In addition, your attorney will speak with any eyewitnesses to the accident and will get statements to put the pieces together regarding the step-by-step circumstances of the accident. Additionally, your attorney will advise you on the value of your claim and who may be accountable for the injuries you suffered. You cannot do this alone, especially if you are recovering from the effects of the accident. That’s why it is so important to have an experienced attorney on your side. We will work hard on your behalf while you focus on what is most important: your recovery.

I wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Will this affect my claim?

Wisconsin is one of several states in the U.S. that does not require all bikers or their passengers to wear a helmet while riding. In fact, the only riders who are required to wear a helmet are individuals under the age of 18, who are operating the vehicle with an instructional permit. Because there are no laws requiring that a helmet be worn while operating a motorcycle, this should not be a factor in your injury claim. While helmets are a valuable piece of safety equipment that can potentially save your life, the sad fact of the matter is that when it comes to motorcycle accidents, no safety gear can completely prevent a serious injury. Because cars and trucks weigh exponentially more than you and your bike, a collision with another vehicle is almost always more devastating to the biker than the others involved. Be sure to contact an experienced attorney to discuss the details of your accident, and be sure to give them all the information possible.

How do most motorcycle accidents occur?

Most accidents involving motorcycles and passenger vehicles or commercial vehicles occur due to failure on the part of the drivers to notice motorcycles until it is too late. Accidents often occur when drivers change lanes without noticing a biker next to them, when they make right-hand turns in front of a motorcycle, or make a left-hand turn without noticing a biker going through an intersection. The causes of accidents are widely varied, but being aware of bikers on the road is often an issue that leads to serious injury accidents for bikers and drivers alike.

What are some common injuries that occur in a motorcycle accident?

Because each accident is different, the types of injuries can vary widely. Some common injuries that motorcyclists may suffer in the event of a collision with another vehicle are:

  • Broken bones and lacerations
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Neck and spine injuries
  • Paralysis (quadriplegia, paraplegia)
  • Friction burns or “road rash”
  • Injuries to the face or other head trauma (not TBI)

If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident, it is critical that you contact an attorney to discuss your legal options today.

What type of compensation might I be owed?

If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by a speeding driver, a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or someone who is generally being reckless or negligent behind the wheel, you may be eligible for compensation including:

  • Pain, suffering, and other trauma
  • Lost wages from time off of work
  • Medical bills
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Therapy expenses

This is not a comprehensive list of damages that you may qualify for, so contact your attorney today to discuss the specifics of your claim and what you might be owed.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Each year in the U.S. more than 100,000 bikers and their passengers are injured in motorcycle accidents, and nearly 5,000 people are killed each year. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 2,500 people are injured in motorcycle crashes each year, and nearly 100 people are killed. These statistics show just how dangerous motorcycle accidents can be for riders and their passengers, and all drivers need to take proper precautions when sharing the road with motorcyclists.

Contact Us

We are passionately committed to helping injured motorcyclists to hold accountable the parties whose negligence has caused them to become involved in a crash. Contact the Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900.

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