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.

When you are involved in an auto accident that is not your fault, you are considered the victim of the accident. It is important to preserve your legal rights to the fullest recovery possible. As a Milwaukee car accident lawyer, the following are common mistakes that I observe auto accident victims make on a regular basis that you can avoid.

1. Not calling law enforcement after an auto accident.

After an auto accident, it is important to contact law enforcement so an official investigation is conducted of the accident.  When you report an auto accident to the police, an officer will generally respond to the scene and investigate how the accident occurred.  Additionally, law enforcement will routinely create an accident report which contains important information relating to the accident.

2. Not taking photographs of the auto accident.

Taking photographs of the scene of the accident and damage will help preserve evidence of how the accident occurred.  Many people carry smart phones, which allow them to take photographs at the scene.  It is important that all car damage be photographed before the cars are moved.  The scene of an auto accident may change the following day.  Additionally, any and all injury photographs should be taken to document injuries.

3. Not obtaining auto accident witness information.

In many cases, there are witnesses at the scene of an auto accident. Unfortunately, auto accident victims often fail to obtain the contact information of individuals who witness the auto accident.  Witness statements can preserve evidence relating to how the accident occurred, along with their observations as to the accident scene and the injuries you sustained.

4. Not reporting your auto accident injuries.  

Auto accident victims often experience an adrenaline rush immediately following an accident.  For such reasons, you may be failing to report your injuries sustained in the accident.  It is important that your injuries be reported to law enforcement.  Additionally, you should seek any necessary medical treatment relating to your auto accident injuries.

5. Not providing an adequate statement to law enforcement about the accident.

When law enforcement responds to the scene of the accident, you should make sure that you clearly articulate your understanding of how the accident occurred to the officer.  Your statements following an accident are extremely important given the close  proximity to the accident.

6. Not obtaining contact information of the driver at fault.

You may feel sympathetic to the person who caused the auto accident.  However, you should remember that you are a victim in this matter.  By obtaining accurate and full contact information from this individual, you can hold hold him or her accountable for their actions.  

7. Not seeking medical treatment after your auto accident.

You may avoid seeking the appropriate medical attention you need to make a full recovery following an auto accident.  By seeking necessary medical treatment for your injuries, and following the recommendations of your medical doctors and providers, you will be able to make a full physical recovery. Moreover, your medical bills will help support any claim you have against the insurance of the driver who caused the accident.

8. Believing that the auto insurance companies are protecting your interests.

Insurance companies are seeking to resolve claims for as little as possible, as soon as possible.  They do not have an incentive to gain your trust, protect your legal rights, or maximize the financial recovery you are due.  For such reasons, you should always consult with a car accident lawyer before communicating with the insurance company of the driver at fault.

9. Not protecting your rights after an auto accident.

You should take the time to understand your legal rights following an auto accident that is not your fault.  You may be entitled to claim damages not only for property damage to you car, but also for medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of earning capacity. A car accident attorney can help you preserve your rights and seek all the damages you deserve.

10. Signing paperwork with the insurance company.  

Be sure that you fully understand the paperwork and consult with a Milwaukee car accident lawyer before you sign anything.  For example, insurance companies will often request accident victims to sign medical authorizations.  However, these medical authorizations may not be in your best interest and will ultimately allow the insurance company to request any and all medical records from your past and present.  For such reasons, it is important that you consult an attorney before signing anything.  

11. Not contacting an auto accident attorney.  

If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, please consult a Milwaukee car accident lawyer.  This will relieve you of the stress and burden following an accident. It will allow you to focus on your injuries and treatment in order for you to reach an optimum recovery.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, you probably have a lot of questions. I offer free consultations for auto accident victims and will be happy to discuss your case. If you are unable to visit me in my office, I will come to you. Please call (414) 210-3834.

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.