Motorcycle crashes in Wisconsin are particularly dangerous, with over 90 percent of motorcyclists who are involved in an accident suffering an injury or losing their lives. Perhaps even more astonishingly, nearly 14 percent of all vehicle accident fatalities are motorcyclists, despite the fact that they account for less than 2 percent of Wisconsin accidents. It is clear that an accident can have a severe impact on a motorcyclist’s life, and if you have been injured by another driver, it is important for you to understand how you can pursue compensation for the damages you have suffered.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
When a motorcycle accident is caused by another driver, it is often because the other driver failed to see or detect the motorcycle, perhaps because of a distraction, inattentiveness due to driver fatigue, or alcohol impairment. As with other types of accidents, excessive speed can also be a contributing factor. Some motorcycle accidents also occur because another driver fails to respect or account for the motorcyclist’s right to share the road.
In an accident, motorcyclists can suffer severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, burns, lacerations, and more. Even when these injuries do not prove fatal, motorcyclists are often left with high medical bills, a long and difficult recovery, and permanent effects on their health and physical ability.
Increasing Your Chances for Compensation
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, your best chance of obtaining full compensation for your damages is to hire a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can assist with the gathering of evidence to demonstrate the other party’s negligence. They can also help you keep records of all the expenses you incur along with the pain and suffering you experience.
You can also increase your chances of compensation for a potential accident if you make sure to take the proper safety precautions anytime you drive your motorcycle. If you can demonstrate that you were wearing a helmet and bright clothing to increase your visibility and that you were following all motorcycle traffic laws, the negligent party and his or her insurance company will have fewer grounds to argue that you were partially responsible for your injuries.
Contact a Milwaukee County Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
The attorneys at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP have experience with all manner of personal injury cases, and we know that motorcycle accident injuries can be some of the most severe. Our goal is to achieve the maximum compensation so that you are able to recover from your accident injuries. Contact a compassionate Milwaukee personal injury lawyer today at 414-271-1440.