As a motorist, sharing the road with a variety of vehicle types is an important part of keeping yourself and others safe. Tractor-trailers need ample stopping distance and careful attention to their blind spots and motorcycles can easily disappear between larger vehicles and during the night. Due to their lack of a protective chassis, lighter weight, and the smaller surface area that their tires have on the roadway, motorcycles are especially susceptible to certain hazards in the roadway. This can mean permanent and even deadly injuries for riders, such as the 2015 motorcycle collision that ended an Appleton man’s life in July 2015.
If you are injured in an accident with a motorcycle, you could be entitled to monetary compensation for your damages. These damages can include your medical bills, your lost wages for the days you needed to take off to recover, and miscellaneous expenses like the need for a mobility aid or psychological counseling, which are collectively known as “pain and suffering.” Learn more by working with an experienced injury attorney.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation provides data about the types of collisions that happen on the state’s roadways each year. It’s most recent motorcycle crash statistics date to 2012 and includes the following facts:
Because of their shape and weight, motorcycles can be more sensitive to roadway hazards like potholes, uneven pavement, and puddles. Be aware of these hazards as you share the roadway with motorcycles so you can minimize your chance of being involved in a collision with one. Keep an eye out for motorcycles and allow them a safe following distance. Motorcycles can be very difficult to see in fast-moving traffic and during the evening, especially when riders do not wear reflective clothing or make use of lights on their bikes.
Other causes of motorcycle accidents are also common causes of car accidents, such as speeding and driving drunk.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you could be entitled to recover monetary compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more about your rights and how you can move forward with your personal injury claim, work with an experienced Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorney. Our team of Appleton motorcycle accident lawyers at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC can examine your case to determine if you have grounds for such a claim and if so, help you seek the compensation you deserve. Do not wait to make the call – contact us today to schedule your free legal consultation with an Appleton personal injury attorney on our team.