Experienced Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
In recent years, the number of motorcycle accidents in Wisconsin has been steadily on the rise. Consequently, so is the number of fatalities from those crashes. Motorcycle accidents are especially dangerous because the vehicle offers little protection and safety gear is not always worn.
With more than 35 years of experience, our Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs personal injury attorneys are familiar with motorcyclists’ rights on the road and continue to fight for their protection. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, our team can help you get the justice you deserve.
What To Do If Involved in a Motorcycle Accident
If you have been in a motorcycle accident in Wisconsin, it is essential to understand the steps to take afterward. These actions are usually the most crucial part of the process.
Steps to take immediately after a motorcycle accident:
- Ensure all parties are safe and then call 911 immediately, even if no emergency medical attention is needed. Oftentimes, a police officer will arrive at the scene and complete a police report. This can be beneficial in future legal negotiations.
- Gather all of the necessary information, such as the names and insurance information of anyone involved in the accident, as well as the names and contact information of any witnesses.
- If possible, take photos of the accident scene and any injuries.
- After the accident, file an insurance claim with your company as well as the other party’s carrier. However, do not accept fault.
- Contact the personal injury attorneys at Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs to see if you have a motorcycle accident case.
How Motorcycle Accident Lawyers like GTW Can Help
Our team of experienced motorcycle accident lawyers will evaluate your case free of charge and recommend next steps, which may include legal action. If so, you will speak to and work with one of our compassionate, dedicated attorneys, who will work with you to fight for the justice you deserve.
Our team will provide advice on how to deal with insurance companies and fight fo fair compensation, which will include medical expenses and property damages. We have offices located in Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee and Waukesha and service all of Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. We do not get paid, unless you do.
Common Causes of Wisconsin Motorcycle Accidents
Once Wisconsin weather turns pleasant, the roads are ripe for driving a motorcycle. Although motorcycles only make up 3% of all registered vehicles on the road in the United States, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die as a result of a crash.
Common types of motorcycle accidents:
- Head-on Collisions – When a head-on collision occurs, odds are that both vehicles were traveling at high rates of speed, likely resulting in catastrophic injury or death for the motorcycle operator and its passenger.
- Collisions With Fixed Objects – Almost 25% of all motorcycle accidents involve collisions with a stationary object like a tree or road sign.
- Road Conditions – Wisconsin weather can play a major role in motorcycle safety. Foggy conditions decrease visibility, while rain or snow decreases traction, often leading to slips and skids.
- Motorcycle Lane Splitting – Lane splitting is the act of driving between two lanes of stopped, slow-moving traffic. This is not legal under Wisconsin law. The proximity to other vehicles makes maneuvering the bike extremely difficult and less predictable, which increases the chances of an accident.
Contact Your Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident Lawyers