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.

After an accident, one of the most pressing questions you may ask yourself if there is “Whose fault was it?” In a head-on collision, the fault question may seem fairly straightforward - but is it really? In this blog post, we discuss the basics of head-on collisions from a legal perspective.

Are head-on collisions different from other types of accidents?

Head-on collisions are particularly dangerous. They can result in severe injuries, even at low rates of speed. At the very least, the impact may result in whiplash from the driver or passengers being thrust forward suddenly. Injuries may range from broken facial bones to broken ribs and even traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, or even death when the impact results in occupants being ejected from the vehicle.

Which driver is responsible in a head-on collision?

Fault may seem obvious: the driver going the wrong direction is at fault, right? However, it is not always that easy. Many factors can impact liability in a head-on collision. This is why the police report and a proper investigation are so important. Sometimes, there are even third parties at fault like when a roadway is defective or a vehicle malfunctions.

The insurance carrier may try to attribute comparative fault on you, which may affect the damages you can recover. Natasha Misra Law will investigate your accident, uncover all potential sources of recovery, and help you maximize compensation for your injuries.

What are some common causes of a head-on collision?

Many head-on collisions occur on two-way roads without dividers or on rural roads. A driver may cause a head-on collision from simply drifting into oncoming traffic or a driver may intentionally drive in the wrong lane while trying to pass a slower vehicle.

What should you do after a head-on collision?

Anytime you are involved in an accident, it is advisable to contact emergency services, especially if someone appears to have been seriously injured. Additionally, it is important to contact the police to secure an accident report. This documentation will be vital for related insurance claims or litigation.

Your lawyer will likely ask you if you exchanged information with the other driver and anyone else involved in the accident. As such, it is wise to take note of the make and model of the cars involved, tag numbers, and driver’s license numbers. If there are witnesses, take down their information, too.

Though the reporting officer or insurance adjuster may take pictures as part of an accident report or investigation, you should take pictures of vehicle damage and the accident scene to document anything pertinent to establishing the cause and liability for the accident.

What damages can you recover after a head on collision?

You may be entitled to recover medical expenses, lost wages or income, and compensation for pain and suffering. Sometimes, you can even recover punitive damages which are awarded by the court to punish the responsible party for causing the accident.

Under Wisconsin law, you have a limited time from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit before the claim is barred under the statute of limitations. As such, if you have been injured in an accident, contact an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible.

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.