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.

Wisconsin offers a wide range of water recreation options, including boating adventures. Unfortunately, most boating wrecks are caused by excessive speed, operator inexperience, improper lookout, and intoxication. Additionally, boating accidents can lead to injuries, both minor and severe. 

Knowing what to do in case of a boating accident can save you a lot of trouble and ensure the situation is under control. Here are important steps to take immediately after a boating accident in Wisconsin.

Ensure Safety

Ensuring everyone is safe after a boating crash should be your priority. If the boat is still afloat after an accident, do a headcount to see whether everyone is still onboard. If not, find the missing occupants and bring them back into the boat. Administer first aid to the injured occupants, if any. You should also consider calling emergency medical services if there are injuries or signs of an injury.

Call Law Enforcement

If your boat collided with another boat or other water vessel causing property damage or injury, there should be a record of the incident. The job of law enforcement is to assess the situation and file a report. This report will be mainly beneficial if you file a lawsuit against the negligent party.

Document the Event

Once you ensure everyone is safe, the next step is to document the events of the accident. Documentation should start as early as the day the wreck happened. The process of gathering information should include the following details:

  • Take pictures of the accident scene and the boat’s current condition.
  • Gather contact information of all those involved in the accident.
  • Document the boat’s registration details and information details.
  • Request a copy of the police statement.
  • Collect witness statements and other important details of the incident.

Notify Your Insurance Company

Another essential step is to let your insurer know about the accident. Your insurance company is responsible for reimbursing you for any damages caused on your vessel based on the terms and conditions of your boat insurance policy.

Seek Medical Attention

After being involved in a boating accident, it’s important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. While you might not think you’re hurt, you could have sustained injuries that won’t be noticeable until later, or when they’ve gotten considerably worse. More serious injuries that might not be noticeable right away can include: 

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries 
  • Broken bones 
  • Burns 
  • Accidental amputations 
  • Soft tissue damage 

Of course, not all boating accidents have to result in serious injury, but seeking medical treatment for things like minor cuts and scrapes can also prevent infection later, even if they seem minor at the moment. 

Get a Wisconsin Boating Accident Attorney

If you decide to file a lawsuit, an attorney can help investigate your accident and gather the necessary evidence to build a robust case against the at-fault party. A skilled attorney can make your legal recourse easier and more efficient.

Boating accident attorneys understand Wisconsin court systems and are aware of the rules that will apply to your case and will do everything possible to make your claim successful.

Contact Natasha Misra Law

If you or a loved one has been involved in a Wisconsin boating accident that resulted in serious injuries or damages, we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve at Natasha Misra Law. We serve clients across Wisconsin, including Madison, Milwaukee, Appleton, Hales Corners, and Green Bay.

Contact us online or call us at (414) 210-3834 to schedule a free consultation with Natasha Misra, our lead Wisconsin boating accident 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.