Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident | Accident Prevention
All Wisconsin Drivers Bear Responsibility for Preventing a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents are on the rise in Wisconsin. Whether the increase in accidents is due to motorcyclists or automobile drivers is up for debate. One thing is certain: a motorcycle accident is particularly dangerous and even deadly for motorcyclists.
Motorcycle Safety Best Practices
Motorcycles are lightweight, high-performance vehicles that are more maneuverable and use less gas than traditional automobiles. They are a thrill to ride and easy to use in Wisconsin cities and rural areas alike. But they are less stable and harder for other drivers to see than cars and trucks. Riders are subject to the same driving risks as auto drivers, such as distracted or aggressive drivers, and have even more risk in adverse weather or road conditions.
Considering how exposed motorcyclists are, it is no surprise that the injuries suffered are life-altering, if not fatal. The most common injuries seen in a motorcycle accident are:
- Leg fractures
- Soft tissue injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe abdominal injuries
- Chest injuries
There is no question that motorcyclists themselves must be responsible, defensive drivers; that includes being aware of Wisconsin motorcycle laws and safety recommendations. Wisconsin recommends:
- Completing a motorcycle driving course to obtain additional exposure and experience in handling the vehicle.
- Obtaining a Class M operator license (required by state law).
- Getting motorcycle insurance. Insurance will help protect you if you are ever in an accident.
- Wearing protective gear, including a safety helmet and eye gear. Protective gear reduces the risk of serious injury. Helmets, in particular, reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury.
- Learn motorcycle traffic laws and follow the rules of the road at all times.
- Do not drive recklessly, while impaired, or when tired, and avoid lane splitting.
Advice For Other Drivers
Motorcyclists can only do so much to protect themselves on the road. Other drivers must be on the lookout for motorcycles and practice safe driving habits too. These accidents can be particularly dangerous when it involves a head-on collision or a left turn. The accidents usually happen when one or both drivers are driving aggressively, speeding, or trying to make it through an intersection without ensuring it is safe to do so. Blind spots and poor visibility can also lead to accidents with motorcycles. If you notice a motorcycle on the road with you, pay extra attention to its location as you drive to help avoid an accident.
Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Can Help You After an Accident
Motorcyclists or passengers who were injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident can benefit from speaking to a motorcycle accident attorney at Eisenberg Law Offices in Madison, WI. Our attorneys help motorcyclists recover compensation for damages and injuries suffered in accidents throughout the state.
It all starts with a free consultation so we can learn more about your situation. We will use this time to review the incident, discuss your injuries, and advise you of your legal options so you can decide how to proceed. Motorcycle injury cases operate on a contingency basis which means we do not collect payment from you unless you are awarded compensation through your case.
To learn more about the process and to discuss your situation with an injury attorney, call Eisenberg Law Offices at 608-256-8356 or email email@example.com to schedule your free consultation.
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