If you recently moved into the Milwaukee area, or if you just purchased your first motorcycle, you may be wondering how safe the roads are for motorcyclists in our area. In 2016, there were approximately 2,250 motorcycle accidents and over 1,900 of those resulted in serious injuries.
While there may have been a significant number of wrecks in Wisconsin, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the roads themselves aren’t safe, but more that there must be a reason why there are so many bike wrecks annually. Below, we discuss the most frequently seen causes of motorcycle accidents and what you can do to help make the roads of Milwaukee safer for all motorcyclists.
Common Causes of Bike Wrecks
Most often, the driver of the vehicle that hit you will be found liable for your damages. This could be for a number of different reasons, but drivers making irresponsible decisions in regards to their driving is likely the cause. Such reckless decisions might include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while inebriated
- Fatigued driving
- Aggressive driving
In cases where the other involved driver was not found to be at-fault, you’ll need to consider whether or not the roads themselves contributed to the accident or if a faulty or malfunctioning part was responsible for causing the wreck.
If a roadway hazard such as a missing street sign or lamp, debris in the roads, or unsecured road construction zones are to blame, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation may be found liable for your damages.
Faulty and defective car parts are the responsibility of the automakers and maintenance techs who perform work on your motorcycle. In any case, it’s up to you to hold these negligent entities accountable for their actions.
What You Can Do to Make Milwaukee Roads Safer
When you know you need to bring the at-fault party to justice for their reckless decisions, you can move forward with a civil claim against them. In doing so, you’ll be able to recover a portion of your losses while making an example of the person or persons who are liable for causing your damages. Hopefully, this will deter similar incidents from occurring in the future.
In your claim, your attorney will be able to quantify your damages accordingly so that you get the most out of your claim. Some of the damages that may be considered in these calculations include:
- Lost wages
- The effects of disfigurement
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Loss of companionship and love
- Property damage
- Loss of household services
These are just a few of the losses that can be included in your case. You should speak to your attorney if you have further questions about what damages you’ve endured and how they’ll apply to your case.
Get in Touch with a Milwaukee Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you’re ready to do your part to keep Milwaukee roads safe after being injured in a bike wreck, you need an attorney serving motorcycle accident victims. Don’t wait, schedule your free case review today so that you can be well on your way to obtaining the compensation you deserve.