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Motorcycle riders sometimes see themselves as a breed apart. They embrace the freedom of the open road along with a heightened risk of injury or death in a motorcycle accident. But motorcyclists do not stand apart when it comes to their rights if they do become involved in an accident.
The rights of injured motorcycle riders – or the family members of motorcyclists in fatal accidents – are the same as those of passenger car occupants or drivers. Motorcyclists deserve to be fully compensated for their losses, including the costs of medical care, property damage, lost income, their pain and suffering, and more.
At Lindner Law LLC., our Green Bay motorcycle accident lawyers have seen insurers, at-fault motorists and others actively work to stop injured motorcyclists and their families from obtaining what they are due after serious motorcycle accidents. We work to help motorcycle accident victims pursue proper compensation from those who are responsible for their accidents and injuries.
We’ll handle every aspect of your personal injury or wrongful death claim after a motorcycle crash in Greater Green Bay. Let Lindner Law LLC, fight insurers, creditors and others on your behalf as you and your family work to recover from a motorcycle wreck. We will work to obtain the money you are legally entitled to receive, and help you get your life back in order. Our law firm can also assist you if you need a car accident lawyer in Green Bay.
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If you are looking for an attorney nearby, we also have motorcycle accident lawyers in Milwaukee.
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We Know Motorcycle Accident Claims Are Different
Lindner Law LLC., has represented injured motorcyclists and their families in Wisconsin and across the Midwest for more than four decades. Riders, their bikes, motorcycle law and other factors change, but some things remain the same.
What has not changed is that a motorcyclist is far more likely to die or be injured in an accident than someone in a car or truck. Motorcycle riders also find it harder to obtain appropriate insurance settlements after accidents.
Here are the primary reasons why:
- Injuries are more serious. Because motorcyclists don’t have the protection of a vehicle’s structure in an accident, they are more likely to suffer injuries that are potentially disabling, if not fatal. This includes traumatic brain injury (TBI) and chest injuries, which can damage vital organs. Injuries to the back and spinal cord that cause paralysis are also more likely as motorcyclists are thrown from their bikes or directly hit by cars and trucks.
- Right-of-way intrusions are frequent. A well-known study of motorcycle accidents commonly known as “The Hurt Report” revealed that 66 percent of collisions between cars and motorcycles happen because the motorist violates the motorcyclist’s right of way. Most often this happens when a motorcycle is moving straight ahead and an automobile makes a turn in front of it. In other cases, cars pull out from side streets alleys or driveways in front of motorcyclists, or run into them while trying to change lanes in traffic.
- Rear-end collisions happen more. Motorcycles stop in less distance (faster) than cars, which makes them more susceptible to being hit from behind, particularly if they are already being tailgated. A motorcycle that has been rear-ended may be lifted and flipped, slamming the rider to the pavement, often with the bike falling onto them. A motorcyclist hit from behind can also be thrown and struck again or run over by the same car or another vehicle.
- There’s little time to steer clear. The Hurt Report said a motorcyclist typically has just under 2 seconds to avoid a collision when something unexpected happens, like a car suddenly turning in front of them. Even the most skilled rider finds it nearly impossible to swerve or brake and maintain control of their bike. When there is time to react, a motorcyclist may recognize they must lay their bike down and accept road-rash injuries to avoid slamming into a vehicle at top speed.
- Road hazards cause accidents. Motorcycles are far more susceptible to accidents caused by hitting potholes, ruts in the road, loose gravel or sand, puddling water, etc., than cars. When a motorcycle accident has been caused by neglected road maintenance or faulty design or construction, it may be possible to seek compensation from the local government responsible for the roadway and/or their contractors.
- Motorists make excuses. All motorcyclists have heard it: “I didn’t see her” or “He came out of nowhere.” The Hurt Report said the main cause of motorcycle accidents was motorists not seeing motorcycles in traffic. There’s no excuse for not looking before making a turn, pulling into traffic, changing lanes, etc. Motorists have the same duty to look out for motorcyclists as they do for other motorists.
- Motorcyclists still face prejudice. The wide popularity of motorcycles has taken us a long way from the days of motorists associating motorcycle riders with rebellion or “gangs.” But the need for a “share the road” campaign to remind motorists that motorcycle riders have a right to use public roads indicates there is still a problem. The prejudicial way many motorists view motorcyclists translates to more difficulty when injured motorcyclists seek justice after an accident.
A careless or reckless driver responsible for a motorcycle accident can and should be held accountable for the harm they have caused. Lindner Law LLC., will not let a negligent motorist or their insurance company get away with blaming you or a loved one of yours injured in a motorcycle accident in Greater Green Bay. We won’t stand by as you are denied compensation from an insurer who is legally obligated to pay you.
Lindner Law LLC., will fight for every bit of compensation you deserve from insurers after a motorcycle accident. We can handle every aspect of your motorcycle accident claim, from locating your bike and initiating a property damage claim, to making sure you have proper medical care, locating all insurance coverage applicable to your claim, and steadily pressing insurance companies to compensate you fairly.
In the meantime, our staff will treat you with the respect and compassion you deserve as your claim moves forward.
If you are looking for an attorney nearby, we also have motorcycle accident attorneys in Appleton.
Compensation for a Green Bay Motorcycle Accident Claim
After almost all motorcycle accidents, any compensation to be derived in a personal injury claim will be limited to the amount of liability insurance coverage held by the defendants. Compensation from any coverage the motorcyclist holds may be sought, as well.
In Wisconsin, a motorcyclist must obtain liability insurance that provides coverage of at least:
- $10,000 of property damage coverage for damage in a single accident.
- $25,000 of bodily injury coverage for injuries or death to one person in a single accident.
- $50,000 of bodily injury coverage for injuries or death to more than one person in a single accident.
This why one of the initial steps Lindner Law LLC., takes in a motorcycle accident case is to locate and review insurance coverage held by all parties involved in the accident, including our client’s insurance.
Once we have investigated and determined responsible parties in an accident, we present their insurers with a claim for compensation. We seek full reimbursement for past, current and future costs and losses, including for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
An injured motorcyclist’s lawsuit might also demand punitive damages in cases of egregious recklessness. This is additional compensation that a jury has the discretion to award if it believes the plaintiff has shown the defendant acted with the intent to cause injury to the victim, or that the defendant knew that injury was a likely result of his or her actions.
Wisconsin Motorcycle Helmet Law and Comparative Fault
Wisconsin does not require adults (18 years old or older) to wear motorcycle helmets, unless they only hold an instructional permit to ride. However, we would like you to know that helmets are effective protection should you get into an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that a helmet increases a motorcycle rider’s likelihood of avoiding death in a crash by 37 to 41 percent.
Wisconsin does apply a contributory negligence law to personal injury claims, including those based on motorcycle accidents. State law says that if the plaintiff bears any blame for the accident, the amount of compensation awarded must be reduced in proportion to the amount of negligence attributed to them. In other words, if the plaintiff motorcyclist is found 20 percent responsible for an accident, a $100,000 award will be reduced to $80,000. If a jury decides the motorcyclist is more at fault that the other parties in the accident (51% or more), the motorcyclist cannot recover compensation.
Your Lindner Law LLC., lawyers would work to mitigate the impact of any fault you may have for the motorcycle accident you were involved in. We would also strongly counter any exaggerated or false statements made to unfairly cast blame upon you.
Contact Our Green Bay Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one of yours has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Greater Green Bay, Lindner Law LLC., will stand up for your rights. We have the dedication and skill required to develop a motorcycle accident claim that results in recovery of the maximum compensation available to you.
Lindner Law LLC., has 40-plus years of experience as a personal injury law firm, 16 lawyers and more than 100 investigators, damage specialists, paralegals, legal secretaries and other support staff. Our depth of experience and resources has enabled us to recover tens of millions of dollars for thousands of individuals and families.
Contact us for a free, no-obligation conference about your motorcycle accident and the legal options available to you today. We’ll stand up for you, and fight for compensation that ensures your financial security. We will not charge you a fee unless we recover money for you.
We can also help injured motorcyclists in Appleton and Milwaukee.