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.

Torn rotator cuffs are very common and painful injuries that can occur after an impact accident such as a car accident, traffic collision, or slip-and-fall. If you have suffered a rotator cuff injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries.

How Do Torn Rotator Cuff Accidents Occur?

The rotator cuff is the group of tendons, ligaments, and cartilage that surrounds the shoulder joint. Its job is to keep the shoulder steady within the shoulder socket. When one of the tendons is torn from either overuse or injury, a rotator cuff tear occurs.

Torn rotator cuff accidents can happen after any abrupt movement, impact, or fall. They are particularly common in car accidents because the shoulder is very susceptible to impact injuries, based on how a driver typically positions their hands on the steering wheel. 

The blunt force of being hit from behind, for example, when your hands are placed on the steering wheel and arms are outstretched, can cause serious shoulder injuries. The impact of a deployed airbag or any other blunt force can also cause a shoulder injury.

How Is A Torn Rotator Cuff Treated?

Treatment for a torn rotator cuff ranges from the conservative (rest and ice) to invasive (surgery), depending on the severity of the injury. Some common treatments for torn rotator cuffs include:

  • Injections: Steroid injections are used to reduce shoulder pain, but are usually only temporary solutions.
  • Therapy: Physical therapy can help strengthen the shoulder and can sometimes heal the injury. Physical therapy is more commonly a part of recovery from a rotator cuff injury (such as after surgery), as opposed to the only solution.
  • Arthroscopic Surgery: Surgeons use arthroscopic tools to make small incisions to reattach the torn tendon to the bone.
  • Open Tendon Repair: Surgeons use larger incisions to reattach the tendon to the bone.
  • Tendon Transfer: Surgeons take a tendon from another part of the body, which is used to replace the damaged one.
  • Shoulder Replacement: For severe injuries, an artificial joint replaces the injured shoulder.

How Can You Recover Compensation for Your Injuries Through a Lawsuit?

Many people can recover compensation for their rotator cuff injuries after a car accident. When you contact our law firm, we will review your case and advise you on how to proceed with a lawsuit and guide you throughout the process.

If your injury was caused by another party’s negligence, we can assist you in recovering damages from the party, or parties, at fault. You may be able to recover compensation for damages, including:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages due to missed work
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Permanent injury or disability

Contact Natasha Misra Law to get the personal care and attention your case deserves. Schedule your free consultation today.

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.