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.

Car accidents can result in serious injuries and even death. Even without broken bones or internal injuries, less severe injuries like cuts and lacerations can leave accident victims with permanent scars. If you experience scrapes or cuts in a car accident and need stitches, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Here is a brief overview of what to expect if you are injured in a car accident and require stitches.

What happens if you are cut in a car accident?

A laceration is is a deep cut that tears through the skin.  In a car accident, skin can be cut by impact with interior components of the car or debris. As a result, foreign material, such as glass shards from a broken windshield, can enter the body.

If you are cut in a car accident, you should assess whether your injuries require emergency medical intervention or if you can treat the wound at home. Deep cuts, debris-filled wounds that are difficult to clean, and cuts with uncontrollable bleeding require medical attention. Stitches, staples, or steri strips may be used to close the wound. You may also need a Tetanus shot or other medication to protect you from wound-related illness or infection.

After you receive appropriate medical treatment, you should promptly file a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company. It is important to keep a detailed record of all medical treatment, including evaluations, medication, and other accident-related expenses. This record should include photographic documentation of your injuries before and after medical care, as well as throughout the healing process. You should also ask the medical professional providing treatment if your injuries will result in permanent scarring or require scar revision down the road. 

An experienced personal injury attorney can assist you with compiling this information to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to, sparing you from personal involvement in the back-and-forth dealings with the often difficult insurance companies.

Should I get stitches after a car accident?

Untreated lacerations can result in scarring, disfigurement, and even fatal blood loss. If you have a laceration that is more severe than the routine scrape or cut you treat at home, you should seek a medical evaluation to determine the best course of treatment. Stitches are a common form of treatment that promotes healing and reduces the risk of infection by closing the wound, protecting underlying tissues, and even reduces scarring.

Can I recover compensation for stitches after a car accident?

You can typically receive compensation for any medical bills, lost wages, or other expenses resulting from the car accident injuries. If injuries result in scarring, you are entitled to compensation for this permanent injury.  The amount you are entitled to varies based on the severity of your injuries, impact on your work and home life, and total medical expenses. Emergency room visits are expensive and any treatment rendered there can be costly.  Depending on the nature of your injury, you may be unable to work or your injuries may otherwise impede your day-to-day activities.

If you have been injured in a car accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can assist you with understanding what claims you may have against the responsible party and can help you determine how much compensation you may stand to recover. Contact our office today to schedule 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.