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.

Halloween is a holiday that both children and adults look forward to each year.  Unfortunately, Halloween can also be dangerous for pedestrian trick-or-treaters.  Below are some Halloween safety tips for a safe and sweet trick-or-treat experience for both pedestrians and drivers.

Safety Tips for Pedestrian Trick-or-Treaters

Stay On Sidewalks and Pedestrian Paths - Pedestrian trick-or-treaters should try to stay on sidewalks and pedestrian paths.  If there are no sidewalks, pedestrians should walk facing oncoming traffic.  Pedestrians should also try to walk as far to the side of the road as possible.  Pedestrians should walk under the assumption that the drivers coming toward them are not able to see them.

Follow the Rules of the Road – Pedestrians should try to cross the road at crosswalks.  They should not run or dart across the road.  Trick-or-treaters may need to remove their masks so visibility is not obstructed.

Wear Reflective Tape – Children and adults should use or wear reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.  Parents may even consider wearing a reflective jacket.

Carry Cell Phone – Pedestrians should carry a cell phone for quick communication in the event of an emergency.

Avoid Loose Dogs – Be cautious of dogs on the loose as they may become frightened or scared causing an unexpected dog bite or injury to a trick-or-treater.

Stay on Well Lit Streets – Pedestrians should assume that drivers are unable to see them.

Use Flashlights – Obtain flashlights for both kids and their escorts to improve the visibility of trick-or-treaters.  

Safety Tips for Drivers

Slow Down - Drivers should slow down on Halloween and during designated trick-or-treat hours.  Because of the excitement of trick-or-treating, kids run from house to house and often dart out into the road.  By reducing speed, a driver will be able to stop before hitting a child that runs out in front of the vehicle.  
Watch Driveways – Drivers should carefully enter and exit driveways to avoid kids who may be running or darting out into the driveway.

Do Not Use Cell Phone -  Because a child may run out into the road, even a quick glance at the cell phone could cause a devastating accident.  Avoid all distractions so you are able to focus on the road and surroundings.

Turn On Headlights – Turn on headlights earlier in the day so you are able to spot the pedestrian trick-or-treaters from farther distances.  
Report Drunk Driving – During Halloween, drunk drivers are common and dangerous on the road.  If you suspect a driver of drunk driving, you should contact local law enforcement.

Designate a Sober Driver  – Halloween is also a night of adult parties involving drinking.  Designate a sober driver or use other means of transportation such as Uber and Lyft.  

With the above safety tips, Natasha Misra Law would like to wish you a sweet, spooky and safe Halloween!  If you have any questions about an accident involving a pedestrian trick-or-treater, please contact our office at 414-210-3834 for a free consultation with a Milwaukee personal injury attorney.

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.