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.

Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries. It is common for people to lose their footing on slippery surfaces or trip over obstacles and end up sustaining dislocated joints, broken bones, or head injuries.

In some cases, someone else may be responsible for the accident. Proving liability in these types of cases can be challenging. Demonstrating that you fell and sustained serious injuries is not enough to prove liability. Instead, you have to prove that the property owner overlooked the unsafe condition that caused the accident.

Here are ways to prove liability and get the compensation you deserve from a slip and fall accident in Wisconsin.

Proving Negligence

Everyone in Wisconsin, resident or not, has a legal duty to operate with reasonable care towards others. In slip and fall incidents, this means that property owners have to ensure that their property is not unreasonably dangerous.

The Wisconsin Safe Place Law

The safe place law sets higher legal standards than the typical negligence theory outlined above. The law requires employers and property owners to ensure that their property is safe enough for visitors and employees. However, this law only applies to public buildings and not private property. For instance, you cannot claim compensation under the safe place law if you sustained injuries in your neighbor’s home.

The law requires the property owners and employers to take the necessary measures to safeguard the health, life, and welfare of customers, suppliers, and employees in public buildings.

However, this does not mean that the property owners have to take every possible safety measure. Instead, they should provide a reasonable amount of safety, considering the nature of activities conducted on the premises. Proving liability under the safe place law requires you to demonstrate that the property owner or the employer had constructive or actual knowledge about the unsafe condition.

Duty of Reasonable Care

A property owner may argue that the victim knew about the dangerous condition and failed to take reasonable care to avoid it. The property owners and employers may not be held liable for slip and fall accidents resulting from open and obvious hazards.

Work with a Milwaukee Slip and Fall Attorney

Proving liability in slip and fall accidents can be challenging. Fortunately you are not alone. The Milwaukee slip and fall attorneys at the Natasha Misra Law are ready to help. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation with our team.

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.