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.

One of the most common injuries suffered after a car accident is a disc herniation, which can cause significant injury. If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to seek a medical diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. It is similarly important to contact a Milwaukee personal injury attorney who can help you pursue compensation for your injuries.

Causes of Disc Herniations in Car Accidents

The bones in your spine, called vertebrae, protect your spinal cord from injury and provide support for your back. In between each vertebra is a disc, which is a rubbery cushion that acts as a shock absorber. When the disc ruptures, some of its jelly-like center can bulge out or leak out of the disc, creating the condition known as “herniation.” This is an extremely painful and harmful condition.

What causes a disc herniation?

Any traumatic accident can cause a disc herniation, including a car accident. Anything that exerts excessive pressure on the spine can cause a disc herniation. The force of a collision, even a seemingly minor one, can put enough pressure on the spine and the discs to cause the jelly-like center to push through and create a herniated disc.

Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

In many cases, the herniated disc pushes on the spinal cavity’s highly sensitive nerves, causing anywhere from mild pain to debilitating symptoms. Common symptoms of a herniated disc include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the back that radiates to the leg or foot
  • Pain shooting through the legs, shoulders, or arms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Burning sensations
  • Limited range of motion

Treatment Options for Herniated Discs

Most herniated discs are first treated non-surgically with conservative treatments. Some even resolve themselves on their own or with anti-inflammatory medication that works to reduce the inflammation in the spinal canal. Physical therapy is another common recommendation. Other injuries, however, are severe enough to require surgery.

Beyond rest and physical therapy, common treatment options include:

  • Spinal injections and muscle relaxants
  • Artificial disc replacement 
  • Removal of part or all of the disc to take the pressure off the nerve
  • Stabilizing the spine by inserting rods into the vertebrae
  • Removing part of the vertebrae, creating more space and giving the herniation room to take pressure off the nerve

How Can a Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney Assist With Your Herniated Disc Claim?

No matter the treatment plan for your herniated disc, the costs can add up. If you have suffered a herniated disc injury in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Depending on your physical, emotional, and financial damages, a Milwaukee personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for, among others:

  • Medical bills and future medical care costs
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Lost wages
  • Future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

If you are considering filing a claim, contact us to discuss your case. We have vast experience in representing clients with herniated disc injuries and we will fight for your right to compensation so that you can move forward and heal.

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.