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.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are choosing to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus. Although there are fewer drivers, cyclists and pedestrians taking to the streets, unexpectedly the rate of serious and deadly accidents has increased as drivers become more reckless.

Additionally, many individuals are suffering from accident injuries that occurred before COVID-19. For personal injury victims, COVID-19 presents a handful of challenges for dealing with their claims and getting the compensation they deserve. Medical treatment for injuries may be difficult to access. There may be more uninsured drivers on the road.

If you were injured in an accident before or during coronavirus, you should speak with a Wisconsin personal injury attorney about your accident injuries. Natasha Misra Law is open and available to discuss your case with a free consultation.

Settling a Personal Injury Case During COVID-19

COVID-19 is causing serious financial pressure for individuals, families and businesses. The current stay at home order has forced businesses to close, leading to unemployment and reduced pay.

This financial hardship may create pressure for unrepresented accident victims to accept quick settlement offers for their injuries. Settlement money could bring much needed financial relief. For accident victims who do not have an attorney, insurance companies may try to leverage the current economic climate for their benefit and diminish the value of their claims, delay payments or deny their claims altogether.

While it may be tempting to accept an initial settlement offer from an insurance company during COVID-19, I always recommend speaking with an attorney prior to signing any documents. This will ensure that your rights to a full financial recovery after an accident are protected.

Receiving Medical Treatment for Injuries During COVID-19

During COVID-19, you may find it difficult to seek medical treatment for your injuries or visit your doctor’s office for ongoing treatment. Stay at home orders may prevent you from leaving home. Your doctor’s office may be open to only emergency cases. You may even be feeling COVID-19 related symptoms yourself. However, telemedicine may be available to you in order to continue your treatment and keep medical appointments while maintaining safe social distancing.

Telemedicine is being frequently used to help individuals gain access to medical treatment during COVID-19. For example, telehealth allows accident victims to speak with medical professionals through teleconferencing and by phone. In addition, physical therapy sessions can also be conducted through teleconferencing. Many providers also have portals that allow patients to communicate with their health care provider through an online patient portal.

If you are unsure of how you can continue to receive medical treatment during COVID-19, you should reach out to your doctor or medical provider to learn what options are available to you. By discussing those options with your doctor or medical provider, you will be able to continue to receive the necessary treatment that you deserve in order to recover from your injuries.

Lapses in Auto Insurance Coverage During the Coronavirus

Some Wisconsin-based auto insurers are providing financial relief to their customers through refunds and discounts during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, not all drivers will receive these benefits. As more drivers lose their jobs, receive pay cuts and fall behind on monthly bill payments, there may be more uninsured drivers on the road.

If you are injured in a car accident caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver, then you will need to seek compensation from your own insurance company under your uninsured/underinsured motorist policy. You may also have a claim against the personal assets of the at-fault driver; however, recovering compensation from uninsured individuals may be difficult, especially when they are already experiencing financial hardship.

Even when you are dealing with your own insurance company, it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side to ensure you receive the full benefit of your insurance claim.

Contact a Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyer

During COVID-19, it is important to continue to seek medical treatment, follow treatment plans, and work with your personal injury attorney to build the best case possible. If you have been recently injured in an accident, you should seek medical attention for your injuries and speak with a personal injury attorney about your case.

If you have questions about how COVID-19 may impact your personal injury case, call Natasha Misra Law today at (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.