Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident Guide
The Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident Guide was created by Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP to help residents who have been injured in an accident obtain maximum compensation for their claim.
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you are likely suffering some severe injuries. We want you to know that it is okay if you are feeling overwhelmed. With the help of one of our Washington County motorcycle accident lawyers, you can get the compensation that you deserve.
Our lawyers are highly skilled in cases just like yours. We know what steps to take to get you the results you deserve. If you read about your motorcycle case here and need a lawyer to help you pursue compensation, please call our office as soon as possible to get a free consultation today.
Initial Steps to Take After a Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident
If you were harmed in a motorcycle accident, it is likely because of the negligence of a driver of another vehicle. Motorcycles are prone to being in cars’ blind spots and when drivers are negligent about changing lanes, accidents can happen. You can be involved in an accident even when you did everything right. Bad weather, traffic, or poor visibility can make driving harder and can make it harder for drivers to avoid accidents.
When these accidents happen, they are usually catastrophic. The person on a motorcycle has to deal with the full impact from the car that hit them, as well as the impact of hitting the road, if they are thrown from their bike, which in most cases does happen.
You should absolutely get in contact with a lawyer as soon as possible; most importantly, you should get immediate medical attention to ensure that you are taken good care of in the wake of your accident.
The injuries that we most commonly see from injured victims in a motorcycle accident include:
- Road burn
- Nerve, muscle and/or tendon damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Scarring and disfigurement
These injuries require prompt medical attention if you want to get better.
We are dedicated to helping victims of motorcycle accidents just like yourself. We will handle your case with the care it deserves to get you the fairest compensation award. We are skilled in how these cases work and can even advise you on proper doctors to care for specialized injuries. We want to make sure you are taken good care of so that you have the best chance at recovering both physically and financially. In the case of victims who have lost a family member due to injuries caused in a motorcycle accident case, we can help support you through a wrongful death claim.
Avoid Making a Mistake That Could Ruin Your Case
Odds are that, after a motorcycle accident, you are going to have to deal with the liable party’s insurance company. They will be reaching out to you if you are seeking compensation from them. Their mission is to reduce their responsibility to you. If they can do that, they can save themselves some money. They will attempt to do this with a recorded statement that they will ask you to give them.
It is important that you do not give any kind of statement to anyone until you speak to a skilled lawyer about your case. It is likely that a lawyer will advise you not to give a recorded statement for one reason— a bad answer during a recorded statement could ruin your case. If you were to give them a recorded statement, you put yourself at risk of saying the wrong thing and giving an answer that could put you at fault for the accident in the eyes of the insurance company.
If they can get you to say that you caused the accident, they don’t need to give you compensation. If they can get you to say that you are doing well after the accident, they can say that you are lying about how severe your injuries really are and then they can claim that they do not owe you the compensation you are due. The smartest move you can make is consulting with a lawyer about this statement; they will more often than not handle it for you.
Common Mistakes to Avoid After a Motorcycle Accident Injury
I had a call the other day from someone who had been involved in a motorcycle crash, and he asked me what mistakes can be made by a client following a motorcycle crash. That’s a question you may be asking as well. The first mistake that can be made is that you don’t seek immediate medical attention. It is very important to do if you’ve been injured. The second mistake that you can make is you don’t follow your doctor’s instructions. That’s also very important.
The third mistake that’s often made is speaking with the other driver’s insurance company and giving them a recorded statement. You’re under no requirement to do so after you’ve been involved in a motorcycle crash. The fourth mistake is not seeking legal advice soon enough. Oftentimes, people wait too long, witnesses disappear, evidence goes missing, and the claim is a lot harder to pursue.
If you have other questions about motorcycle crashes and how we might be able to help you, please feel free to give us a call.
Determining the Value of a Motorcycle Accident Claim
I recently met with a new client who had been involved in a motorcycle crash. She was referred to me by a lawyer who doesn’t handle personal injury claims. One of the questions she had, and one of the questions you may have if you’re involved in a motorcycle crash, is how much is the claim worth? I told this client, as I would tell anyone, that it depends on several factors.
First of all, what were your injuries and how severe are they? The value of your case will depend on how long you need to receive treatment. It is also going to depend on how much your medical expenses were, as well as who’s at fault for the crash. In Wisconsin, if you’re partially at fault for the crash, then your damages would be reduced by your percentage of fault. Finally, it’s also going to depend, to some extent, on how severe the crash was and the nature of the negligence on behalf of each party.
Differences Between Motorcycle Accident and Car Crash Claims
I was talking to someone the other day who had been involved in a motorcycle crash, and he asked me, as you may be asking yourself, are there any differences between motorcycle crash claims and car crash claims and how they’re handled? While there are a lot of similarities in how they’re handled, there are some unique differences with motorcycle crashes.
First of all, because you’re not protected in a car, the injuries tend to be more severe. The second thing that’s different and makes them a little bit more difficult is that people often perceive motorcycle drivers to be at fault because it’s risky behavior. What you need to do is hire a lawyer who’s experienced with motorcycle crashes, knows how to handle these issues, and is willing to take your case to court and try the case in front of a jury if the insurance company is not willing to resolve it favorably for you.
How Long Does It Take to Settle a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
The other day, I met with a new client who had been in a motorcycle accident, and one of the questions that I always get, and what he asked, is how long does it take to resolve these claims? I told him, well, it depends. It depends on a couple of factors. First of all, it depends on how serious the injuries are and how long the treatment lasts. The second thing it depends on is how cooperative the insurance company is. If the insurance company isn’t willing to resolve your case in a timely manner, then likely a lawsuit will have to be filed, which adds several more months or years to the claim.
Injured as a Passenger in a Motorcycle Accident
I had a call from a young lady who had been injured in a motorcycle crash. She told me she was the passenger on the back of a motorcycle and was wondering if she potentially had a claim. You may have the same question. In Wisconsin, the answer is yes, potentially you do. You potentially have a claim against the driver of the other vehicle that was involved in the crash. You also may have a claim against the driver of the motorcycle, if he or she did something to cause the crash. These are very fact-specific questions, and you’ll need to speak with an experienced motorcycle crash lawyer in order to get these answered for you.
Selecting a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The other day, I got a call from someone whose friend had been in a motorcycle accident and was seriously injured. The person calling wanted to know the best way to go about finding the best motorcycle accident lawyer in Wisconsin. I told him what I tell most people who call in— you have to look for a few things in an attorney. First of all, you have to find a lawyer who’s experienced in motorcycle accidents. You don’t want to hire someone who’s never handled a motorcycle accident case before. The second thing you want to look for is a trial lawyer, someone who, if the case is not going to get settled before a lawsuit is filed, is willing to file the lawsuit, go through all the processes of the lawsuit and try the case in front of a jury for you. If the lawyer isn’t willing to do that, you might want to look elsewhere.
The third thing I told him – again, what I tell most people – is you have to have a good relationship with your lawyer. You have to like the lawyer, trust the lawyer, and likewise the lawyer has to like and trust the client, or else the relationship doesn’t work.
Speaking to an Insurance Company After a Motorcycle Accident
I was meeting with a new client who had been involved in a motorcycle crash and, unfortunately, she had given a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company. She asked me if that was a good idea, and, if not, why not. You may have that same question. Really, the answer is it’s never a good idea to give a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company. First of all, they don’t represent you, they represent the other driver, and any information you give them can be spun in such a way as to diminish the value of your claim.
Secondly, they’re trained to ask questions that will hurt your claim down the road, so it’s never a good idea to give a recorded statement to the insurance company. Instead, you should call your lawyer and have them deal with the insurance company. If you have other questions like these, please feel free to call us.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
If you have been involved in a motorcycle wreck, you may be asking yourself what some of the things you can do to protect your motorcycle accident claim are. The first thing you can do is hire a competent motorcycle accident trial attorney, someone who’s willing to take your case to court if you can’t get it resolved. Aside from that, immediately after the crash, seek medical attention if you’ve been injured, and follow your doctor’s advice. Don’t give recorded statements to the other driver’s insurance company. Take photographs not only of the motorcycle, but also of any of your injuries.
Call Our Washington County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today for a Free Consultation
Have you been seriously injured in motorcycle accident in Wisconsin? Even if you are not to blame for this accident, the jury and/or the insurance company will likely try to blame it all on you. We understand that you are the victim and you deserve compensation for your injuries. We will utilize evidence from your case and fight against the insurance company to ensure you get a full and fair compensation award. If you need the help of our Washington County motorcycle accident lawyers, please call us today to set up a free initial consultation.
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