Wisconsin Motorcycle Accidents | Motorcycle Laws in WI
Protect Yourself From Motorcycle Accidents In Wisconsin
Riding a motorcycle through Wisconsin offers a thrill that traditional cars and trucks just can’t beat. Open-air riding is exciting, but it can also be incredibly dangerous if you get into an accident. Even careful and responsible motorcyclists can be injured by other less responsible drivers, but proper precautions can help protect riders from the serious injuries that result from motorcycle accidents.
Wisconsin motorcycle law is a good place to start when trying to minimize your risk as a motorcyclist.
Four Wisconsin Motorcycle Laws To Know
- Protective Gear is Required. Wisconsin requires all riders to have eye protection. Examples include safety goggles, glasses, a helmet shield, or a windscreen. Adults who have a Class M motorcycle license do not have to wear a helmet under the law, but helmets are required for any riders/passengers who are under 18 and for those who only have a learner/instructional permit. All helmets must meet federal safety standards.
- There are Operating Requirements. State law requires:
- motorcycle operators to have their headlights turned on at all times.
- riders with only a permit cannot operate the motorcycle at night.
- handlebars to be no more than 30 inches above the seat level.
- no more than 2 people can ride at a time.
- passengers must sit behind the driver.
- Motorcycle Insurance is Required. Motorcycles must be insured to meet the state’s minimum liability insurance requirements. Be aware that the minimum required amounts of insurance usually are not enough to provide adequate protection. Discuss your insurance coverage needs with a qualified motorcycle insurance agent to be sure you are properly protected. You may want to increase your liability coverage amounts or add collision, comprehensive, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to your policy.:
- $25,000 for bodily injury per person,
- $50,000 for bodily injury per accident, and
- $10,000 for property damage.
- There is a Statute of Limitations on Motorcycle Accidents. If you are involved in a motor accident, you only have 3 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit before your right to file a suit expires under the statute of limitations. If you are involved in an accident, it is best to see a doctor and check for injuries you may be unaware of and consult a personal injury attorney.
Seek Help From An Eisenberg Law Personal Injury Attorney After A Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident
The personal injury attorneys at Eisenberg Law Offices are here to help you through the aftermath of a motorcycle accident. The chance of serious injury is very high in motorcycle accidents, and we can help you explore your legal options as you recover. We offer free consultations and work throughout Wisconsin.
Arrange your free consultation by calling 608-256-8356 or emailing Info@eisenberglaw.org.