Riding a motorcycle is fun, but it can also be risky because of the actions of others on the road. Unlike other vehicles, you don't have much protection if you crash. Additionally, riding a motorcycle can be dangerous on roads with a lot of potholes or if you're riding in unsafe weather conditions. Below are some tips for staying safe while riding.

Staying Safe on a Motorcycle in Wisconsin

  • Take a Safety Course: Riding a motorcycle requires good judgment and skill, and a safety course will help you achieve that. A motorcycle safety course will teach you the rules of the road and what to do in unpredictable riding situations.
  • Wear Appropriate Gear: The right gear will protect you from debris, road rash, and the elements. Your gear should feature a helmet, leather jacket, eye protection, leather pants, over the ankle boots, and non-slip gloves. Appropriate protective gear can significantly reduce the risk of injuries or fatalities.
  • Keep Your Bike Maintained: Replace the air filter, change the oil regularly, and maintain your bike's tire pressure. Inspecting your motorcycle before you hit the road is also a good idea. Check your turn signals, headlights, taillights, fuel, brakes, handlebars, and mirrors.
  • Stay Alert: Being aware of your surroundings and riding defensively can prevent motorcycle accidents that could be caused by dangerous driving.
  • Maintain a Safe Distance: Riding too closely behind another vehicle is unsafe. It is advisable to stay a few seconds away from the car or motorcycle in front of you. This allows you enough space to stop during an emergency. Additionally, you should always have an escape route in mind if you cannot stop in time.
  • Be Visible: One of the most significant mistakes riders make is assuming they are visible to other motorists. Most motorcycle accidents are a result of drivers not seeing the motorcycle. You can stay visible by avoiding other motorists' blind spots, driving with a headlight, and wearing reflective clothing. Using your hand and turn signals can also help ensure you are visible.

Common Motorcycle Road Hazards

  • Distracted or Drunk Drivers: Although it may not be easy to identify if someone is drunk driving, it is wise to be attentive to your surroundings and take appropriate measures.
  • Rain or Snow: The hazardous weather can create slippery and unsafe road conditions. Avoid riding while it is raining or snowing.
  • Tar or Debris: Since tar has a different texture from asphalt, it can compromise traction. Additionally, parts of tire treads and other debris on the road can be hazardous to motorcycles.

Contact a Milwaukee Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

If you or your loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Wisconsin, working with a Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney is in your best interest. 

At Natasha Misra Law, we are equipped to offer the guidance you need to know whether you are entitled to compensation. We will provide the representation you need to pursue compensation if you qualify. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

If you have been in a car accident, it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible to identify and treat all car accident related injuries. Some car accident injuries are obvious, like a broken bones, cuts and bruises. Others may not be so obvious, such a soft tissue injuries and brain damage.

The following have been identified as the most common car accident injuries.

Soft Tissue Injuries

The most common injuries sustained in a car accident are soft tissue injuries. In a car accident, connective tissue such as tendons, ligaments and muscles may be damaged by the force of impact.

When filing an insurance claim, these types of injuries are often difficult to prove. Succeeding on a personal injury claim involving soft tissue injuries may hinge on a medical examination.

If you have sustained soft a tissue injury related to a car accident, it is imperative you should seek immediate medical attention for a diagnosis.

 

Cuts and Lacerations

Other common injuries suffered in auto accidents include cuts and lacerations. These injuries may be caused by loose objects in the car, such as books, cell phones, sunglasses and coffee mugs. These loose items may become airborne, creating a hazard of injury. Glass may also break, metal may be bent and sharp edges may become exposed during a car accident. 

Cuts and lacerations are often treated with stitches or surgery. Minor cuts and lacerations may heal over time, but more severe cuts can lead to long-term health complications, permanent disfigurement and painful scarring.

Documenting these injuries following a car accident can help you prevail on your personal injury claim. In addition to seeking medical treatment, you may want to photograph your injuries following the accident.

 

Broken Bones

Broken bones are another common form of injury to follow car accidents involving high-speed collisions. Impact with the interior components of like the steering wheel, dashboard and even an airbag can lead to broken wrists, arms, legs and ribs.

Like major cuts and lacerations, broken bones will require medical treatment. Broken bones are often treated with casts or surgey, depending on the severity of the break. Injuries involving broken bones may take months to heal in addition to years of physical therapy. in the most serious cases, broken bones can cause long-term damage and affect your quality of life.

When making an insurance claim for an auto accident, you will need to take into account any ongoing medical expenses related to broken bones. For example, your injuries may require ongoing surgery or physical therapy.

 

Head Injuries

Head injuries caused by a car accident may be more difficult to self-diagnose, which is why seeking a proper medical evaluation immediately following an accident is so important. Head injuries can range from a concussion to traumatic brain injury, and can significantly impact your quality of life.

 

Internal Injuries

Some injuries may not be visible following a car accident. For example, internal bleeding and damage to organs may occur in car accidents. Such injuries require immediate medical attention and treatment.

 

Spine, Neck and Back Injuries

Injury to the spine, neck and back are other common car accident injuries, the most common being whiplash.

Whiplash, which is a form of soft tissue injury, occurs when connective tissue in the back is stretched due to sudden rapid movement.

In the worst of cases, spine, neck and back injuries may also lead to paralysis or even death. Those suffering from pain in their spine, neck or back after a car accident should consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Contact A Wisconsin Car Accident Lawyer

If you are injured in a car accident, you should seek immediate medical attention for diagnosis and treatment. If you have been injured in a car accident in Wisconsin, you should also seek the advice of a Milwaukee car accident lawyer. Call Milwaukee personal injury attorney Natasha Misra at 1-800-989-6385 for a free case consultation.

Natasha Misra

My law practice is dedicated to helping people who have suffered injuries in accidents which were not their fault. Born and raised in Milwaukee, I come from a family of medical professionals. My background and experience help me understand and represent individuals injured in accidents.