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.

Overview of Electric Scooters (E-Scooters) in Milwaukee

The City of Milwaukee has allowed the arrival of Lime electric dockless scooters to provide more transportation choices and expand public transport.  

The law defines an electric scooter as a device that weighs less than 100 pounds and does not exceed more than 20 miles per hour when powered by an electric motor.  Electric bicycles, mopeds, and personal assistive mobility devices, for example, are not electric scooters.  

Milwaukee Electronic Scooter Laws Infographic

General Rules for Safe Riding of Electric Scooters in Milwaukee

Electric scooters are not allowed to be ridden on sidewalks.  Electric scooters are not to be operated on any public sidewalk, pedestrian path in the public parks, or on public school grounds.  

Electric scooter riders are instructed to follow all rules of the road.  Generally, electric scooters follow many of the same traffic laws as bicycles on the road.  When available, electric scooters may use the bicycle lane and any paths designated for use by bicycles. 

Riders are encouraged to use helmets while riding an electric scooter.  The maximum speed limit for electric scooters is 15 mph.  

Drivers of motor vehicles may overtake electric scooters so long as vehicle drivers exercise due care.  Vehicles must allow a safe distance, not less than 3 feet clearance, when passing the electric scooter.  

Parking of Electric Scooters 

When parking electric scooters, the general goal is to keep streets and pedestrian walkways unobstructed.  The electric scooter may be parked on the sidewalk or similar areas designated for the parking of bicycles.  

If Injured in an Electric Scooter Accident, Consult an Experienced Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney

It is important that vehicle drivers, electric scooter riders and even pedestrians understand the rules of the road for e-scooters.  If you have been injured in an electric scooter accident, you should consult an experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney - Natasha Misra Law.  Call our office today at (414) 210-3834 for a free 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.