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.

Being involved in a truck accident can be incredibly scary, and with so many trucks out on the road at any given time, there’s no shortage of them. With so many people out on the road, it’s no surprise that collisions happen every day.

As we continue to enter our freeways, highways, and streets in droves, we should remain vigilant as accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. While there are multiple ways to get into an accident while out on the road, here are the most common types of truck accidents: 

Rollover Accidents

Truck rollover wrecks are arguably one of the most terrifying accidents imaginable. These wrecks can happen for several reasons:

  • Cargo shift due to instability
  • Taking turns too sharply
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving while distracted

One or a combination of these reasons can cause the trail to spin and roll the truck over one side, causing a dangerous situation for everyone on the road.

Jackknife Accidents

These accidents occur when commercial trucks with trailers make wrong turns or braking maneuvers, causing the trail to sway sideways to form a shape similar to that of a folding jackknife.

Rear-End Accidents

Rear-end wrecks happen when truck drivers are speeding, distracted, or cut off by other drivers who then slam on their breaks. Tailgating or following too closely can lead to devastating rear-end collisions with other vehicles.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions occur when a truck collides head-first with oncoming traffic. Potential causes of head-on accidents include distracted driving, speeding, or driving while under the influence. However, these collisions can also be caused by other vehicles swerving into the lane in which the truck is driving. 

T-Bone and Intersection Accidents

T-bone accidents occur commonly at intersections. Large commercial trucks traveling through intersections sometimes ignore stop signs or run red lights, violating the proper right of way at the intersection. As a result, they collide with the sides of other vehicles, forming a “T” shape.

Under-ride Accidents

These accidents happen if a truck stops suddenly and the approaching smaller vehicle gets trapped under the trailer. In addition, actions such as merging or changing lanes and when a car is in the truck’s blind spot are common causes of under-ride accidents. This is why it’s so important to follow the signs posted on the back of trucks, and to remain aware of your surroundings while in a smaller vehicle. 

Truck Load Accidents

Cargo should be appropriately secured and loaded onto a truck trailer. Improperly secured cargo can sway and fall off the truck into the road, causing a safety threat to other road users.

Brake Failure Accidents

These accidents occur when the truck driver fails to brake in time to prevent a potential accident. While there are times where this could have been avoided, brakes can also fail due to wear and tear or manufacturer defects. 

Contact An Experienced Wisconsin Truck Accident Attorney

At Natasha Misra Law, we understand that the outcome of your case will affect your life for years to come. As a personal injury attorney, Natasha Misra ensures that you are treated fairly and will work tirelessly to get you the fair financial compensation you deserve. 

Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation if you live in Wisconsin and need help filing a compensation claim after truck accidents.

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.