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Motorcycle Accidents in Wisconsin

Posted on in Personal Injury

Wisonsin personal injury attorney, Wisonsin car crash lawyer, Wisconsin wrongful death lawyerMotorcycles have become more popular in the past ten years among Wisconsin residents. For every 100 residents, there are 5.9 registered motorcyclists and over 515,000 registered motorcyclists. With the increasing popularity of motorcycles, there has also been an increase in accidents. According to statistics in the 2012 Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Facts Book, 112 motorcyclists or their passengers were killed in 2012. That is an increase of 40 percent from 2011. Failure to control the motorcycle and inattentive driving are the two leading causes of both fatal and non-fatal crashes. With more residents receiving their motorcycle endorsement, it is important to know what to do in case of an accident.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Similar to receiving your driver’s license, motorcyclists are required to obtain a motorcycle permit and then complete a rider education course or motorcycle skills test.  Even with the extra training and education, sometimes road conditions or actions from others can cause an accident. Not fully stopping or looking before going to an intersection, not looking before changing lanes, or going too fast in unsafe road conditions can be a contributing factor to motorcycle accidents.

How to Respond to a Motorcycle Accident

An accident involving a motorcycle is a little different than a two car accident. There is a higher fatality rate when motorcycles are involved and checking for injuries is important. Head and neck injuries account for one out of every five motorcycle crashes, so respondents should use caution so they do not cause more injury, if there is any. After checking for injuries, the parties should contact the police or rescue services to file a report or have injured parties taken to the hospital.

Since most motorists have not been through the rider education course, it can lead to confusion on the road because they do not know what the motorcyclist is going to do or the laws they are required to follow. This can increase the possibility of an accident. When an accident does occur, it is best to make sure anyone who witnessed the accident, even if they are not involved, can give a report to the police so an accurate account is given.

If you have recently been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury lawyer today. Our firm is here to help you understand your options and will help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
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