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.

Soft tissue injuries are the frequent subject of personal injury lawsuits. Even a low-impact car accident can result in whiplash - a common soft tissue injury with a lasting impact.

If you experience unusual pain after an accident, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately. Soft tissue injuries can lead to serious limitations and chronic pain if not accurately diagnosed and treated. Unfortunately, many soft tissue injuries require ongoing medical treatment which can be costly.

If you have been diagnosed with, or suspect, a soft tissue injury after an accident, you may have a claim against the person responsible for the accident to recover medical costs and receive compensation for related damages. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine if a lawsuit is appropriate in your case.

Here are the basics you need to know about soft tissue injuries:

What is a soft tissue injury?

Any level of trauma that results in damage to muscles, ligaments, or tendons is a soft tissue injury. Initially, soft tissue injuries may present with bruising, stiffness, and swelling; however, while there may not be external evidence of the injury, pain and immobility from these injuries can linger for years. Soft tissue injuries are often caused by a sudden or uncontrolled movement like the jolt of a car accident or tripping over an uneven sidewalk. Soft tissue injuries range from whiplash and sprains to muscle tears and nerve damage.

How are soft tissue injuries treated?

The R.I.C.E. method is a common recommendation for minor soft tissue injuries: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Soft tissue injuries that are diagnosed as minor (Grade 1) or moderate (Grade 2) usually heal within a few weeks and may require little to no medical intervention. However, more severe injuries, known as Grade 3, usually require long-term medical treatment and/or surgery and often have long recovery times.

Why is it important to seek medical treatment for a soft tissue injury?

When soft tissue injuries are undiagnosed, improperly diagnosed, or do not receive adequate treatment, the injury may worsen or lead to long-term pain, limited mobility, and the need for surgical intervention later. Additionally, soft tissue injuries do not always come with external markers indicating trauma.

In a personal injury lawsuit, this opens the door for the injury to be minimized or otherwise downplayed by the responsible party. Therefore, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately for proper diagnosis and care, but also to keep a detailed record, documenting everything related to the injury so that the injury can be substantiated when an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit is filed to ensure you recover the full financial benefit you deserve.

Can I recover damages for a soft tissue injury?

When you suffer a soft tissue injury because of an accident, you may be entitled to recover associated expenses including medical bills, lost wages, the cost of any property that was damaged, and even be compensated for your pain and suffering.  Contact Natasha Misra Law today 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.