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Milwaukee personal injury lawyer, Wisconsin motorcycle safety, motorcycle accident prevention, motorcycle accidents, motorcycle injuriesAs the weather begins to warm up in the spring and summer months, more and more motorcycles will be appearing on Wisconsin’s roads. Unfortunately, while motorcyclists have the same rights on the road as other vehicles, they are much more likely to be seriously injured in a collision. In fact, around 2,000 motorcyclists are injured and dozens of cyclists and their passengers are killed in motorcycle accidents in Wisconsin every year. In order to protect the safety of everyone who uses the road, both cyclists and drivers of other vehicles should practice the following safety tips:

Safety Tips for Cyclists

  • Wear a helmet. While Wisconsin law only requires helmets for motorcyclists or passengers who are under the age of 18, it is highly recommended for everyone to wear a full-coverage helmet, which can greatly reduce the possibility of brain injuries.

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Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney, motorcycle ridingRiding on a motorcycle presents more risks than riding in cars. In fact, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in an accident than car occupants. They are also six times more likely to be injured.

Despite the fact that motorcyclists are at greater risk for death or injury, they are not necessarily at fault when accidents occur. In fact, a National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) study from 2003 concluded that in 80 percent of accidents involving a motorcycle and a car, the motorcyclist was not at fault or was less at fault than the other driver.

Tips to Decrease the Likelihood of a Motorcycle Accident

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Wisconsin personal injury, Wisconsin accident attorneyAlthough summer is over, many motorcycle enthusiasts still enjoy riding during the autumn months. Unfortunately, this also means there will be motorcycle accidents that may lead to serious injury or fatality. The causes of motorcycle crashes are mixed, but previous studies suggest that vehicle drivers – not motorcyclists – are most often responsible. If you are a motorcyclist, then understanding the most common causes may be able to help keep you safe. If you are a driver, then it is critical that you know how to effectively share the road with two-wheeled motorists; it could save a life.

Human Error Most Frequent Cause of Motorcycle Crashes

Generally, a motor vehicle accident is caused by environmental factors, human error, vehicle failure, or any combination of these three. When it comes to crashes that involve two-wheeled vehicles, an in-depth study from the Association of European Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), the most common cause can be traced back to human error. In particular, the analysis of 921 motorcycle accidents found that the automobile driver (referred to in the study as the “other vehicles”) had been primarily responsible for the accident (just over half). In contrast, motorcyclists were found to be the primary cause of approximately 38 percent of the accidents.

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motorcycle accident, Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin traffic lawsMotorcycle drivers face special challenges when on the road. Without the use of safety restraints or a car’s structure to possibly protect them, their performance when driving is extra important. However, knowing the motorcycle laws of Wisconsin can help keep drivers safe.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WDOT) has created a 51-page handbook for motorcycle owners with explanation of laws of the road and safety prevention information. The document contains several powerful statistics from 2012 that have affected motorcyclists and other drivers on the road. They include findings of:

  • 2,398 injured motorcyclists;
  • 136 non-motorcyclists injured in motorcycle-related accidents;
  • 112 motorcycle fatalities.

Understanding the importance of motorcycle laws and the correct handling of a motorcycle helps to increase safety awareness, while also reducing the chance for a collision on the road. Owners are required to have a specific motorcycle license before operating their vehicle. Protective gear, including a helmet and eye-wear, are required by law.

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