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Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin wrongful death lawyer, Wisconsin bike accident lawyerAs new modes of ecological and economical transportation evolve, cycling appears to be gaining ground but sharing the open road with motor vehicles has not always been a smooth ride. The number of Wisconsin bicycle fatalities and instances of personal injury are on the rise. At the end of 2015, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported a total of nine deaths involving cyclists. It is reported that motor vehicle operators were primarily responsible for 58 percent of cyclist fatalities while 24 percent of cyclist fatalities were the fault of the cyclist. Statistical data presented by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is even less optimistic. Cyclists are twice as likely as vehicle operators to experience personal injuries or fatalities while on the road. To ensure the evolution of  cycling, not only as a mode of  transportation but as a enjoyable physical activity, The Wisconsin Bike Federation, (formerly Over the Bars Wisconsin), the country’s largest, statewide bicycle organization, offers the following safety tips for all cycling enthusiasts. Avoiding the Hook This tip concentrates on both the left and right hook. While riding through an intersection to avoid the “left hook” watch for motorists turning left across your path. With regard to the “right hook” position yourself closer to the center of the right lane when passing through an intersection. Ride Responsibly
  • Never jump the curb and continue to ride on a sidewalk;
  • Never weave in and out of traffic;
  • Never ignore traffic signals or stop signs; and
  • Never ride against the flow of traffic.
Although these tips for the budding or experienced cyclist may appear simplistic, as cycling reaches new heights, especially in urban areas, any tip for improving cycling safety may prevent potential increases not only in personal injury but mortality rates as well. If you are  a cycling enthusiast and you recently sustained injuries due to an accident involving a motor vehicle or are seeking compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one, the skilled Milwaukee bicycle accident attorneys of Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP are dedicated to protecting your legal rights while fighting for the compensation you deserve. Contact our office today at 414-271-1440 to schedule your consultation.

Sources:

https://overthebarsinmilwaukee.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/ask-not-what-motorists-can-do-for-you/

http://bfw.org/

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Posted on in Bicycle Accidents

Wisconsin bike accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerUnder Wisconsin law, bicycles are considered vehicles on the roadways, meaning cyclists have an obligation to obey the rules of the road in the same way all vehicles do.  They must also be treated as equal users of the road by other vehicles. Just because they are treated like vehicles, however, does not mean that cyclists are as safe as those riding in vehicles. In fact, bicycles are particularly vulnerable among road vehicles, evidenced by the fact that in 2013, In Wisconsin, one bicyclist was injured or killed every ten hours. There are several measures cyclists can take, however, to reduce the risk of crash, injury, or death.

Bicycle Accidents in Wisconsin by the Numbers

In 2013, there were 958 crashes involved bicyclists in Wisconsin, including 868 injuries and ten deaths. In almost every case where there is a crash between a bicycle and a motor vehicle, the cyclist is injured. Bicycles are not protected in the way other motor vehicles are, but there are several measures cyclists can take to reduce the risk of crash, injury, and death. Most bicycle crashes occur between the hours of 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm, after school and commuting home from work hours. It is very important to be extra-vigilant if cycling during those hours.

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