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.

Child seats are absolutely essential for protecting your child while you drive. In this blog from Natasha Misra Law, we’ll look at the laws around child safety seats in Wisconsin, and provide some tips on proper baby seat installation.

Wisconsin Law Requires Children To Be Safely Seated In Child Seats 

Wisconsin law is very clear about safety requirements for kids: 

  • Babies less than one year old or 20 lbs in weight must be in a rear-facing child seat in the back seat.
  • Children who are under 4 years old or under 40 pounds must be in a car seat in the back seat.
  • Kids under 8 years of age or who are under 4 feet, 9 inches in height or 80 pounds must use a booster seat, again in the back seat.
  • Children who exceed these requirements may sit without a child seat.

Wisconsin does not have an explicit law about what age a child may be before they ride in the front passenger seat, but experts recommend that kids be at least 13 years old before riding in the front seat.

Tips For Installing Baby Seats In Your Car 

Wondering how to keep your child safe when purchasing and installing a child seat? Here are a few recommendations that will help.

  • Choose the right seat – Make sure to choose the right seat based on the Wisconsin laws outlined above. You can refer to the NHTSA’s car seat recommendations to make sure you get the right type of seat for your child. 
  • Read the installation instructions – More than half of all car seats are not installed properly. Each seat is different, so read the installation instructions closely to confirm that you’ve installed it safely and correctly. 
  • Double-check your child before you drive – Always make sure your child is properly buckled and secured. Double-check the car seat to ensure it’s installed correctly. 
  • Keep the car seat in place – Avoid constantly removing and replacing the car seat. Ideally, you should anchor it securely and leave it in place. This reduces the risk of accidentally installing it improperly. 

What To Do If Your Child Is Injured In A Car Accident

An injury to your child in a car accident can be devastating. If your child is injured, you may be able to pursue the negligent driver for damages including medical costs, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other such damages. Your car seat might also be damaged in an accident, making the insurance company of the person who caused for the accident responsible for replacing the car seat. The first step is an initial consultation with an experienced Milwaukee car accident attorney.

Keep Your Children Safe With These Child Seat Safety Tips

Remember, child safety when driving starts with you. Always choose a reputable car seat, secure it safely, and buckle your child in properly. This will provide maximum protection in case of an accident.

And if you and your child are involved in an accident, get in touch with Natasha Misraw Law for a consultation with a Milwaukee car accident attorney. Contact us online or call at 414-635-2858 to get the help you need.

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.