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Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Wisconsin - Groth Law Firm

Win a Free Harley from Groth Law & the National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers

Wisconsin is a great place to ride a motorcycle. If you’ve always wanted a motorcycle, here’s your chance to win a free Harley-Davidson FXDR 114. The National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers is offering you the chance to win one of the most agile machines to come from that most iconic American brand. The not only powerful but sporty FDXR 114 is perfect for riding around beautiful Wisconsin, and it’s getting great reviews.

While motorcycles are fun and enjoyable, the dangers caused by other drivers can make motorcycles seem less safe. The reality is the vast majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers of other vehicles. Because motorcycles lack the exterior protection of vehicles, the resulting injuries tend to be severe. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you deserve to have a National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers member represent you. That’s what you get when you choose Groth Law.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Many factors cause motorcycle accidents, most of which are the fault of another driver. These causes include:

  1. Unsafe lane changes – When a driver does not check their blind spot, signal their intention, or take other proactive measures to make sure it’s safe to change lanes, a collision with a motorcycle can result. 
  2. Opening car doors – Many drivers and passengers don’t look behind them when opening their car doors. A door that swings open in front of a motorcyclist can cause a serious accident.
  3. Speeding – As is the case with many accidents, speeding causes motorcycle accidents. When a driver is reckless, weaving in and out of traffic, and driving faster than the posted speed limit, it can be easy to get into an accident that causes you great harm.
  4. Drugs and alcohol – Any driver under the influence of drugs and alcohol risks causing an accident. When you’re hit by a driver who is under the influence, your injuries can be severe.
  5. Failure to yield – Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, drivers sometimes do not see them. Through inattention, these drives often fail to yield to motorcyclists who have the right of way, leading to a serious accident.

Motorcycle accidents can cause severe, life-altering injuries, and even death. They can forever change the lives of riders and their families. Because of the severity of many motorcycle accident injuries, medical costs tend to run high for injured motorcyclists. 

When a motorcycle accident wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for the costs of recovering from your injuries and losses out of your own pocket. By working with Groth Law, you give yourself a good opportunity to recover the full value of your claim, ensuring you don’t have to bear the financial burden of a motorcycle accident you didn’t cause.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycle riders and passengers do not have the same safety protections that drivers of other motor vehicles do.  That’s why it’s important for riders and passengers to take the necessary precautions like wearing a helmet and following all road laws. 

Unfortunately, even when they take these precautions, motorcyclists often find themselves injured because of the recklessness or negligence of a motorist. 

Common motorcycle accident injuries include:

  • Severe abrasions and lacerations
  • Burns
  • Broken bones and soft tissue injuries
  • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis
  • Death

Just because riding a motorcycle comes with a risk of getting severely injured in an accident does mean the costs of an accident you didn’t cause should fall on you. The other driver’s negligent actions caused your injuries and you deserve to have a lawyer on your side who is going to aggressively fight to get you the full compensation you need.

You Deserve Compensation for Your Injuries

When you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, your only concern should be getting better. By working with Groth Law, we can take the stress of worrying about the legal side of things off your shoulders so you can focus completely on your recovery. We’ll fight to get you compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of companionship
  • Lost earning potential
  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs

The insurance company representing the at-fault driver may contact you shortly after your accident to offer you a low ball settlement knowing that you’re out of work and facing high medical bills. They know you need quick cash. They’ll prey on you. 

Don’t accept any settlement offer without first speaking with us. The insurance company may tell you that you don’t need a lawyer. They tell you this because they know that a lawyer can get results.

Our law firm is devoted to helping personal injury victims like you. We understand the tactics insurance companies use. We have helped many clients just like you recover the compensation they deserve for their personal injury claim. You don’t need to take our word for that: here’s what our clients have to say.

Groth Law Gets Results

Motorcycle accidents are not only terrifying, they result in severe injuries. You deserve to have a legal team on your side who takes your recovery as seriously as you do. Groth Law offers compassionate and aggressive legal services. We want you to get better and we help you by dealing with the legal complexities while you focus on your recovery.

When you choose to work with us, we meet with you to get a full and complete understanding of your case. We look at all the evidence and conduct our own investigation, if necessary. While most cases settle out of court, we will only settle if it’s right for you. Our firm is fully prepared to take your case all the way to trial if that’s what is required to get you the compensation you need to get better.

The best part is, we do all of this at no cost to you. We don’t charge a retainer up front and we don’t get paid unless you win.

Good luck winning that Harley!

If you’re the one who gets to take home the free FDXR 114, we hope you get to ride it in safety for the rest of your life. If an accident strikes because of a negligent party, however, you deserve a Wisconsin personal injury lawyer with experience in motorcycle accident cases, and Groth Law is here to help you through this complex and challenging time in your life. Contact us online or by calling (414) 240-0707 today to find out more about how we can help you get back on your feet and, hopefully, back on your bike.

Harley-Davidson Roars into Milwaukee for 115th Anniversary

This Labor Day weekend marks the 115th anniversary of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. With their distinctive “potato-potato-potato” idle and rumble, thousands of riders and their Harleys have roared into Milwaukee this week to celebrate 115 years of an American tradition.

Harley-Davidson and the Harley-Davidson Museum have packed each day this weekend with events. There are museum tours, motorcycle demos, live music acts, street parties, and many more events. Visit Harley-Davidson.com for a full schedule of events

Harley-Davidson Roars into Milwaukee for 115th Anniversary.

The celebration is not without dangers though. With all the extra bikes on the road, Milwaukee’s streets and highways have many more smaller moving vehicles on them this weekend than usual.

Drivers who aren’t used to large numbers of bikes on the road may miss the smaller Harleys if they aren’t careful and some riders may find traveling alone or in larger groups more difficult depending on what they’re used to. All of this is a recipe for a crash or other traffic accident. But there are things everyone on the road this weekend can do.

To help avoid accidents and injuries this weekend, both riders and drivers should:

  • Watch out for each other – check your mirrors and be aware of your surroundings
  • Obey traffic laws and directions from the Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies directing traffic
  • Park in designated spots near events
  • Wear your seatbelt or helmet
  • As always, don’t drink and drive or ride

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend and enjoy all that the 115th anniversary of Harley-Davidson has to offer! If the unthinkable happens and you or a loved one is involved in a crash and injured, see a doctor and contact a skilled, dedicated, and proven personal injury attorney to discuss your options as a victim of a crash. At Groth Law Firm, S.C., we are available 24/7 to discuss your injuries and offer a free consultation. Call or text us today at 414-240-0707

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and should not be used as legal advice. It is not medical advice and should not be used as medical advice. The legal statutes, laws, and procedures contained in this article may not be current and may have been revised since the time of publication or contain errors. An attorney can provide legal guidance only after reviewing the details of your individual case.

The Hop’s Hot New Tracks Aren’t So Hip

Two people have already been injured trying to cross the tracks of Milwaukee’s newest transit option, The Hop, in less than a week. One man was driving a motorcycle over the tracks when his wheel got stuck in the tracks throwing him from his bike on August 10th. And on the 16th, a woman was crossing the tracks on a bicycle when her wheel also got stuck and threw her to the ground, injuring her ribs and elbows. Both riders are considering suing the city because of their injuries and have retained lawyers to represent them.[1]

The Hop is not yet in operation at the time of writing, but its tracks have been laid throughout Milwaukee in some of the city’s busiest areas. The Hop runs from the Historic Third Ward and Intermodal train station up to the Lower East Side of Milwaukee and back. This route puts the street car’s tracks in the path of several of Milwaukee’s major commuter hot spots.[2]

The Hop’s New Tracks (City of Milwaukee)

©City of Milwaukee

Before the two bike crashes in August, there had already been several reports of less serious injuries, including one in June, sparking concern amongst the city’s cyclists.[3]

Through there are several signs near the tracks warning bikers and cyclists to take the tracks at a right angle – meaning to cross straight over the tracks—this is not always possible for people riding two wheeled bikes and motorcycles in heavy downtown traffic. With two crashes on the tracks in less than a week and the Hop not even running yet, there are likely to be more injuries in the future.

On top of the tracks’ risk to cyclists in warmer months, there is also concern that they will be a slipping hazard in Milwaukee’s common winter and spring storms as snow piles up on the roads.[4]

The Hop and its tracks are owned by the City of Milwaukee. As with any claim against a city, or other municipality, someone who is injured by the city or its property only has 120 days to file a Notice of Claim or they will never be able to bring a lawsuit against the city no matter how badly injured they are. Because of this, it is extremely important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an injury involving the city.

If you or a loved one has been injured by The Hop or its tracks, see a doctor and contact a skilled, dedicated, and proven personal injury attorney to discuss your options as a victim of a crash. At Groth Law Firm, S.C., we are available 24/7 to discuss your injuries and offer a free consultation. Call or text us today at 414-375-2030

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and should not be used as legal advice. It is not medical advice and should not be used as medical advice. The legal statutes, laws, and procedures contained in this article may not be current and may have been revised since the time of publication or contain errors. An attorney can provide legal guidance only after reviewing the details of your individual case.

[1] https://fox6now.com/2018/08/16/frustrated-2nd-person-could-be-suing-city-after-accident-they-say-was-caused-by-streetcar-tracks/

[2] https://thehopmke.com/

[3] https://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/-the-hop-milwaukee-streetcar-tracks-raises-bicycle-safety-concerns

[4] https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2015/03/31/a-short-history-of-milwaukees-old-streetcar-system/2/

Uber and Lyft Injuries: Who Pays?

Uber and Lyft are everywhere. Most major US cities have drivers for at least one of these two ride-sharing companies. Uber operates in cities from Abilene to Zacatecas – including Milwaukee.

Uber and Lyft Injuries.. Who Pays?

One of the most common concerns that riders have is who pays for their injuries if they’re hurt by or while riding in an Uber or Lyft.

As Uber celebrates one million drivers worldwide and Lyft hits 60 US cities, some still have concerns about using services like Uber or Lyft. One of the most common concerns that riders have is who pays for their injuries if they’re hurt by or while riding in an Uber or Lyft.

Over the holiday weekend, Sean Conley, 32, died at the hospital after the Lyft he was riding in was hit by another car causing a crash on the north side of Milwaukee. According to Conley’s brother, he was taking a Lyft home when another driver hit his Lyft.

For both Uber and Lyft, their drivers carry third party liability coverage of “at least $1 million of total liability coverage.”[1] What does this mean? If you are injured because your car was hit by an on-duty Uber or Lyft driver or you are injured in an Uber or Lyft as a rider—whether the injury is the driver’s fault or the fault of another party—your injuries are covered by the company’s insurance.

With the growing number of ride-sharing cars on the road more and more people are becoming passengers. As a passenger in someone else’s car, your own car insurance might not cover your injuries if an under- or un-insured driver hits you. It is more important than ever to understand your rights as a Lyft or Uber rider.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a Lyft or Uber, contact a skilled, dedicated, and proven personal injury attorney to discuss your options as a victim of a crash.

[1] https://www.uber.com/drive/insurance/, https://help.lyft.com/hc/en-us/articles/115013080548-Insurance-Policy#duringride

 

USA Gymnastics Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuits Related to Larry Nassar

Michigan State University was the first to attempt to distance itself from lawsuits related to Larry Nassar’s sexual misconduct because, according to MSU, Michigan’s statute of limitations blocks the suits. Now, USA Gymnastics is making the same argument.

In briefs it’s filed with the courts, USAG argues that the majority of the claims against it are barred by law because of the statute of limitations.

In Michigan, the statute keeps personal injury suits from being filed three years after the date of the injury for adults and three years after the victim’s nineteenth birthday for injuries as a minor.

Because of the statute, MSU and USAG argue they are not liable for Nassar’s actions because victims waited too long to file suits.

Of the 149 cases against USA Gymnastics currently, USAG claims that at least 101 of them should be dismissed outright simply because the statute of limitations has run out. This means that the court could, if it agrees with USAG, drop the cases of 101 victims of sexual assault.

While Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics, and Michigan State University have been in the national headlines, here in Wisconsin, James Kivisto, owner and operator of Wind Lake Gymnastics Center in Racine has been charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography.

At least some of the photos and videos may have been taken with a camera Kivisto hid in the girl’s bathroom at the Gymnastics Center. Kivisto has owned the Wind Lake Gymnastics Center for eleven years and has been a gymnastics coach since 1987.

What do the USAG and MSU dismissal attempts mean for Wisconsin victims? It means that it is more important than ever to seek legal representation if you or your child has been a victim of sexual misconduct by a gymnastics coach. In Wisconsin, the statute of limitation for personal injury is three years for adults but ends only two years after a minor victim’s eighteenth birthday.

At Groth Law Firm, S.C., we have a skilled, dedicated, proven, and compassionate team ready to help you seek justice during a difficult and emotional time. If you or your child has been the victim of sexual misconduct by a coach or other trusted trainer, contact us immediately at 414-375-2030, or toll free at 1-800-375-7001

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and should not be used as legal advice. The legal statutes, laws, and procedures contained in this article may not be current and may have been revised since the time of publication or may contain errors. An attorney can provide legal guidance only after reviewing the details of your individual case.