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Wisconsin injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyerLast year, Wisconsin saw a 22 percent increase in the number of pedestrian deaths (45 to 55). The number of bicycle deaths also increased, going from just four in 2014 to 15 in 2015. It might be easy to look at the pedestrian and bicyclist accident numbers and consider them the “price” of traffic and travel, but each death represents a person. A family that has lost someone they love. The Wisconsin Bike Fed is hoping to remind us of that through their Share and Be Aware program.

More Statistics on Pedestrian, Cyclist Accidents

According to an analysis of crash reports from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, more than 40 of the pedestrians killed from 2011 to 2013 were killed in crosswalks. The drivers who hit them all failed to yield, despite the Wisconsin law statute that requires all drivers yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Moreover, the analysis determined that at least 65 percent of all crosswalk intersection deaths are due to driver errors.

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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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