Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Milwaukee Fight for Injured Bikers and Riders
Concerned attorneys spare no effort to win your case
It’s no surprise that in and around Milwaukee, the home of Harley-Davidson, motorcycle riding is highly popular. Motorcycles offer distinct advantages over automobiles: fuel economy, maneuverability in and around traffic, ease of parking and a degree of pleasure that can’t be found in a car or on a bus. However, with the advantages come risks, especially for serious injury when a biker and/or rider encounters a careless, inattentive or intoxicated driver. For more than 35 years, Sperling Law Offices LLC has helped motorcyclists get compensated for severe injuries that can take a lifetime to overcome.
Helping riders cope with losses from Wisconsin motorcycle accidents
Motorcycle ridership in Wisconsin has risen around 25 percent over the last decade. Motorcycle accidents similarly increased, though the recent trend is toward fewer accidents. In 2011, the number of injury crashes in Wisconsin was 1,877. Common injuries for bikers include:
- Broken bones
- Skin lacerations (road rash)
- Spinal trauma
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death
Because many of these injuries are permanently disabling or require a long period of rehabilitation, you need a skilled attorney to get the maximum cash recovery for your long-term needs. It takes more than a bona fide personal injury to ensure that you get compensated. Under Wisconsin’s comparative negligence law, your attorney must prove that the other driver was more at fault than you were for your accident, or you get nothing.
Our Milwaukee law firm has extensive experience establishing fault for a variety of causes: distracted drivers, poor drivers, defective vehicle parts, roadway obstruction, or road conditions.
How the Wisconsin motorcycle helmet law may affect your case
Statistics support the argument that helmets save lives: In 2001, there were 80 motorcycle fatalities in Wisconsin. In those deadly accidents, 73 victims were not wearing a helmet. But if a biker or rider suffers a traumatic brain injury or death in an accident, should the fact that the rider was not wearing a helmet limit the amount recoverable from the negligent party? Is failing to wear a helmet evidence of comparative negligence? Wisconsin law says no, at least for persons who are not required to wear helmets: “… failure by a person who operates … a motorcycle … to use protective headgear shall not reduce recovery for injuries or damages by the person or the person’s legal representative in any civil action.” However, in Wisconsin, riders age 17 and under and those riding on an instructional permit are required to wear helmets. So, a rider on an instruction permit could see his recovery reduced even if he were hit by a distracted driver who was 100 percent at fault.
Contact a Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney at our law office today
Sperling Law Offices LLC works hard to help injured motorcyclists throughout Wisconsin recover monetary damages for their injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call 414-273-7777 or contact our Milwaukee office online.