The roads have never been safe for motorcyclists, given the inherent size disadvantage that a motorcycle has against a car when the two collide, but things have been getting even more dangerous as of late. According to the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the last few years have had a sharp uptick in traffic fatalities, with motorcyclists taking a disproportionately harder hit than passenger vehicle occupants. Drivers are spending more time than ever on their phones and failing to check their shoulders when they change lanes. Congestion causes excessive road rage, with drivers, angered for being stuck as part of traffic, taking out their anger on motorcyclists and other road users. If you were injured by a careless or reckless driver, you need to contact an attorney at once. Whether your injuries are minor or severe, you deserve fair and possibly considerable financial compensation. The Wauwatosa motorcycle accident attorneys with the Groth Law Firm will handle everything from negotiating with the negligent party’s insurance company to filing and winning a personal lawsuit in Wisconsin court.
Typical Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Wauwatosa
Just because motorcycles are harder to see than an 18-wheeler does not mean that they are invisible, or that it is a justifiable excuse to hit a motorcyclist because they were in a “blind spot” or “came out of nowhere.” Unfortunately, we hear a lot of excuses similar to those. Negligent drivers will use any excuse and make up blatant lies to protect themselves at the expense of the person they put in the hospital. Our attorneys work with traffic accident investigators, law enforcement, and hire expert witnesses if necessary, all in order to figure out who the negligent party was and determine how they caused the crash. Some of the most common types of crashes that we handle are caused by a driver who was:
- Changing lanes and failed to use a turn signal or properly look in their mirrors/over their shoulders;
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued;
- Operating a vehicle while intoxicated;
- Distracted by their phone, a passenger, a child, the radio, by eating or drinking, or by partaking in some other activity other than driving;
- Driving at dusk without lights; and
- Going through an intersection and failing to yield right of way.
Reckless Driving in Wisconsin
As per Wisconsin statute 346.62, reckless driving is operating a vehicle in a negligent manner that would endanger the safety of any person or their property. While vague, reckless driving in Wisconsin could include changing lanes rapidly without warning, texting and driving, driving under the influence, excessive speeding, pulling out rapidly from a side street, or running a red light.
Assessing Your Injuries And Other Damages
Your damages, particularly your injuries and subsequent pain and suffering, will determine how large your financial compensation will be–along with the negligent party’s insurance policy limit and the experience and success of your lawyer. The more severe your injuries, the larger the settlement offer will be, though we strongly urge you to work with an attorney before accepting an offer or even talking to the other party’s insurance company. With medical costs rising by the year, even a simple broken arm can cost thousands of dollars. We take great care in assessing our clients’ injuries and other damages, including:
- Property damage;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional turmoil;
- Lost work wages;
- Lost ability to work; and
Common Wauwatosa Motorcycle Injuries Caused by Negligent Drivers
When a motorcyclist is hit by a car or truck, the injuries sustained by the motorcyclist are usually quite severe. Some of the more common injuries we see include:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Broken limbs;
- Spinal cord injuries and nerve damage;
- Severe contusions and lacerations;
- Severe road rash;
- Face injuries;
- Internal organ damage; and
- Other fractured bones.
Dispelling Bias Against Motorcycles
Part of our service includes dispelling the untrue beliefs that some judges and jurors have regarding motorcyclists. As car drivers, they may not understand why motorcyclists ride the way they do, and may believe that they operate their bikes recklessly, when in fact 100 percent of what goes on in a motorcyclist’s head while riding is how to avoid a collision with a car. We help jurors understand that you were not in the wrong, and that the driver needs to be held accountable for their reckless and irresponsible actions.
Call a Wauwatosa Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today With the Groth Law Firm
The motorcycle accident attorneys at the Wauwatosa law offices of the Groth Law Firm are here to help you in your time of need. Call us today to set up a free consultation when you are able to. If necessary, we will meet you at the most convenient location for you, including the hospital. Our clients always come first.