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Motorcycle Accidents In Milwaukee

The Summer and Fall seasons are the busiest times for motorcycle riders in Wisconsin. The weather is beautiful, the sun is shining and it is a great time to be on the road. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when the most frequent and serious motorcycle accidents occur in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.

 

The number of motorcycle accidents has historically been high.  Between 2013 and 2017, there were a total of 11,007 motorcycle crashes in the state of Wisconsin. Nearly 14% of those motorcycle accidents took place in Milwaukee County, where the number of motorcycle-related crashes was 1,510.

Who Is At Fault In Motorcycle Accidents?

In general, motorcyclists are responsible for following similar rules of the road as all other drivers. Unfortunately, there is a tendency for motorcyclists to receive significant blame for crashes- sometimes wrongfully so. In motorcycle crashes, there are several detailed factors that truly play a role into determining fault.   Some common potential causes of motorcycle accidents are as follows:

  • The driver of a motor vehicle has failed to yield the right of way to a motorcyclist;
  • A vehicle has tried to share the same lane with a motorcycle as it was driving;
  • Another driver was following a motorcyclist too closely (tailgating) and struck them;
  • The driver of a motor vehicle failed to check their mirrors or blind spot and cut off a motorcycle, resulting in an accident;
  • The driver of a motor vehicle made a turn or changed lanes without using their signal and caused a motorcycle wreck.
  • Motorcyclists can also be the victims of crashes that were caused by distracted driving (texting) or drivers who are operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

 

Motorcycle Injuries and Fatalities in Milwaukee

A quick search online would reveal an already long list of motorcycle injuries and fatalities that have occurred in Milwaukee during 2020. The Wisconsin DMV reports on fatalities every thirty days. At the time of this post, there were over three hundred accident fatalities reported. Of those unfortunate fatalities, more than 20%  involved motorcyclists.

 

In crashes where the accident was not fatal, common motorcycle injuries may include: head and brain trauma, injuries to the back and spine, broken bones, loss of limbs, injuries to the chest and shoulders, serious eye injuries, burns and “road rash,” and severe scarring or bodily disfigurement. 

 

What To Do If You Are Involved In A Motorcycle Accident

If you or a loved one has been severely injured or involved in a fatal motorcycle crash, it is important you speak to a lawyer before you talk to or sign anything with the insurance company.  Gruber Law Offices, LLC is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call us at 414-436-2484 for a FREE and immediate case evaluation.  Motorcycle crashes require serious and immediate attention as evidence can change or disappear.  There is never a fee until we win. Our experienced and aggressive team of professionals handle serious motorcycle crashes throughout Wisconsin.  We know what it takes to be successful in motorcycle crashes.  We know the law and we will fight hard for you and your family.

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