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Milwaukee motorcycle accident injury lawyerIt is springtime, which means motorcyclists will removing the covers off their motorcycles and going for their first ride in months. If you are a motorcyclist, you should take this time to re-familiarize yourself with safety tips that will help you avoid accidents. 

Follow these tips to avoid a motorcycle accident this spring.

  1. Mind the weather. Spring is notoriously a wet time of year, and roads are often slippery or muddy. You should never assume the depth of standing water.
  2. Inspect your bike. Your tires should be free from cracks, bulges, and signs of wear in the treads. You should also look under your bike for any signs of oil or gasoline leaks. All fluid levels should be tested, and any burned out headlights, tail lights, or signals should be replaced.
  3. Conduct additional inspections once mounted and riding for the first time. When you first get on your bike, there are additional areas that should be checked. The clutch and throttle should slide easily. Mirrors should be readjusted and cleaned. Brakes should feel firm, and the horn should be adequately loud.
  4. Be aware of changing road conditions. It is likely that some of your favorite routes will have changed since fall. Even if you drive on a street regularly by car, you may not notice conditions that are hazardous to a motorcycle. Potholes and cracks that can be dangerous if encountered on a bike are likely to emerge after winter.
  5. Wear a helmet. Be sure to use a helmet that provides full head protection, and insist that your passengers do as well. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, over 1,000 lives are saved each year by wearing a helmet.

Contact a Milwaukee Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney

Even putting practice these safety tips into practice will not prevent every accident. In fact, in accidents between a vehicle and a motorcycle, most collisions are the fault of the driver of the vehicle. Car drivers often do not see motorcyclists, even when a cyclist is complying with the rules of the road. In these situations, an injured motorcyclist should be compensated for their medical expenses, income lost due to the inability to work following an injury, and pain and suffering.

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motorcycle accident injuries, wrongful death suit,  Milwaukee motorcycle crash attorneys, Wisconsin motorcycle accident, motorcycle crash statisticsMotorcyclists are a vulnerable group of drivers on Wisconsin roads. Motorcycles are much smaller than the cars and tractor-trailers with which they share the road, and motorcycles have fewer safety protections.

When a motorcyclist gets into an accident, injuries are likely to result. Moreover, motorcycle accident injuries tend to be severe among cyclists. The same cannot be said for drivers and riders of cars.

About Wisconsin Motorcycle Accidents

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Wisconsin motorcycle lawyer, Wisconsin personal injury attorneyEven with the protection of gloves, leathers, helmets, boots, and safety goggles, motorcycle riders are at an extremely high risk for serious injury. This is due, in part, to the lack of encasement around them. However, they are also at an increased risk because, more often than not, other drivers simply do not see motorcycle riders. What injuries are riders most likely to sustain in a motorcycle accident? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) have both conducted studies to find the answer.

Most Common Non-Fatal Injuries

Based on hospital records of 1,222,000 motorcycle crash victims, the CDC’s study of non-fatal motorcycle crash injuries determined that the feet and legs of riders were most likely to be injured in a crash (30 percent of all injuries). However, in a very close second, injuries to the head and neck accounted for 22 percent of injuries. This includes injuries like traumatic brain injury (TBI, also known as a concussion), paralysis, whiplash, and others. Injuries to the chest, back, shoulders, hips, arms, pelvis, and other areas of the body made up the remainder of non-fatal injuries sustained by riders.

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