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Motorcycle riders are different from folks who drive cars or trucks. They have a free and independent spirit that makes them want to feel the wind in their face. But if a motorcyclist gets into an accident, they don’t have the protection of a vehicle around them, and it’s likely they will be seriously injured.
Motorcyclists accept the risk. But they should not accept what often comes next — at-fault drivers, insurers and others who blame the injured motorcyclist and work to deny them insurance compensation they are legally entitled to receive for their injuries and other losses.
Lindner Law LLC., helps Milwaukee, Wisconsin area motorcycle accident victims pursue compensation from those who are responsible for their accidents and injuries. We provide experienced, competent and caring legal assistance as we seek payment for medical expenses, motorcycle repair or replacement, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.
Our legal team helps motorcycle accident victims get their lives back. We are a firm of 16 personal injury lawyers and some 100 investigators, damage specialists, paralegals, legal secretaries, and additional support staff. We provide a depth of resources that ensures we can develop a solid motorcycle accident claim for you while asking as little from you as possible.
We’ll do the legal work to help you recover financially from your motorcycle accident injuries while you concentrate on recovering physically and emotionally. Contact Lindner Law LLC., in Milwaukee today for a free claim review and advice about your best legal options. Our attorneys can also assist you if you need a car accident lawyer in Milwaukee.
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Compensation You May Deserve After a Motorcycle Accident
Wisconsin personal injury and insurance law allow individuals who are injured through the negligence or recklessness of others to seek compensation for the harm they have suffered. All accidents are different, but any accident claim should be based on a full accounting of the injured person’s tangible and intangible losses.
In addition to developing that side of the ledger, Lindner Law LLC. investigates to find all insurance that may provide the compensation an injured motorcyclist deserves. Compensation in almost all accident claims comes from insurance coverage.
Motorists in Wisconsin must maintain car insurance with minimum liability coverage of:
- $25,000 for bodily injury or death of one person in a single accident
- $50,000 for bodily injury or death of more than one person in a single accident
- $10,000 for property damage in a single accident
Wisconsin law also requires uninsured motorist coverage with a minimum limit of $25,000 in bodily injury coverage for one person and $50,000 for two or more people. An injured motorcyclist would draw on this coverage if the driver who caused their accident did not have insurance or the motorcyclist’s losses exceeded the at-fault driver’s liability coverage.
In some circumstances, additional insurance may be applied to losses in a motorcycle accident, such as commercial or business liability coverage, or a homeowners’ policy the at-fault driver or other parties may hold, or the motorcyclist’s health care or disability insurance.
Once Lindner Law LLC., has investigated a motorcycle accident, we present one or more claims to insurers. A preliminary claim, and any formal lawsuit that follows, will demand compensation as allowed by Wisconsin personal injury law. This includes reimbursement for past, current and future costs and losses, including:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In cases of flagrant misconduct by an at-fault driver, an injured motorcyclist’s lawsuit might also demand punitive damages. This is additional compensation that a jury has the discretion to award in exceptional cases.
Damages awarded in a motorcycle accident case may be reduced because of Wisconsin’s adherence to the doctrine of comparative negligence. If the plaintiff bears some responsibility for an accident, the jury assigns a proportion expressed as a percentage (10%, 20%, etc.). Damages are then reduced by the proportion of blame assigned. If the plaintiff is found to bear a majority of responsibility for the accident (51% or more), no damages are awarded.
A jury would consider any factor that may have contributed to the accident and injuries, such as exceeding a safe speed, running a stop sign, or engaging in lane splitting, all of which are illegal.
As you undoubtedly know, Wisconsin does not require most adult motorcyclists to wear helmets. A helmet is only required if the motorcyclist is younger than 18 years old or has an instructional permit.
Wearing or not wearing a helmet does not affect liability for a motorcycle accident. But if you were riding without a helmet and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an accident, any insurance company’s lawyers could try to argue that you are at least partially responsible for your injury.
Regardless, we would like to discuss the circumstances of your crash and a potential claim with you. We may be able to obtain compensation for you.
Lindner Law LLC., would seek to lessen the impact of any evidence indicating your fault for a motorcycle accident. We would also strongly rebut any false or exaggerated claims designed to reduce compensation for you.
If you’re looking for a lawyer nearby, we also have motorcycle accident attorneys in Green Bay.
6 Reasons Motorcycle Accidents Are Not Like Car Accidents
At the Milwaukee law firm of Lindner Law LLC., we have worked with countless motorcycle accident victims, at-fault motorists, insurance adjusters, opposing attorneys and others connected to motorcycle crashes and subsequent insurance claims. We know a motorcycle rider and their family are likely to find it difficult to obtain an appropriate insurance settlement after a crash someone else has caused.
We know what happens to motorcycle riders and their families when they do not have strong legal representation, and we know how to keep it from happening to you.
Here are six reasons motorcycle accidents are likely to be serious and that motorcyclists in serious accidents find it difficult to obtain appropriate insurance settlements:
- Motorcyclists face more costly injuries. A motorcycle rider doesn’t have a vehicle’s structure between them and a colliding car in an accident. Motorcyclists in crashes face a greater likelihood of being disabled, disfigured or killed than a motorist does. These kinds of catastrophic injuries lead to huge, ongoing medical costs, which makes insurers more likely to deny claims or offer low-ball settlements. These are such injures as:
- Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Disfiguring facial injuries
- Chest and abdominal injuries that cause vital organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries that cause paralysis (paraplegia or tetraplegia)
- Lower-extremity injuries, including severely broken or shattered bones in legs and hips
- Amputations (traumatic or surgical), such as loss of limbs, hands, fingers, feet, toes, etc.
- Common crashes are worse for motorcyclists. Rear-end collisions are the most common kind of motor vehicle accident. However, because motorcycles are lighter and stop in much shorter distances than cars and trucks, they are more likely to be hit from behind. A motorist should provide extra space between their vehicle and a motorcycle, but any Milwaukee area motorcyclist can tell you about being tailgated. If a car hits a motorcycle from the rear, it can lift and flip the bike, slamming the rider to the pavement and dumping the bike onto them. Otherwise, the motorcyclist hit from behind can be thrown from the bike and left vulnerable to being struck again or run over.
- The road itself can wreck a motorcycle. A motorcyclist can lose control of their bike and crash by unexpectedly hitting a pothole, a rut in the road, loose gravel or sand, puddling water, or similar hazards. When a motorcycle accident has been caused by neglected road maintenance or faulty construction or design, the motorcyclist might seek compensation from a local government responsible for the roadway and/or the contractors that built it.
- Motorists blame bikers after accidents. We’ve all heard about a motorist claiming something like “She came out of nowhere” or “I didn’t see him” after a motorcycle accident. This is no urban myth. The most extensive study of motorcycle accidents ever conducted, commonly known as “The Hurt Report,” said about 75 percent of motorcycle accidents involved collisions with another vehicle, usually a passenger automobile. The “predominating cause” of motorcycle accidents was “the failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic.” The driver involved in the collision did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision, Hurt said.
- Motorcyclists are at the mercy of negligent drivers. When a motorcyclist sees a collision coming, they have less than 2 seconds to avoid the wreck, according to Hurt. It’s almost impossible for even the most skillful rider to swerve or brake quickly enough and keep their bike under control. Those who can react fast enough often find their only option is to lay their bike down instead of slamming into a car or truck at speed, and hope for the best with “road rash” scrapes, cuts and bruises.
- Motorists don’t respect motorcyclist’s rights. Motorcycles have become more popular in recent years, and we are far beyond the days of automatically associating motorcyclists with biker gangs or rebellion. But we still need “share the road” campaigns to remind motorists that motorcycle riders have a right to public roads. Each May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Many motorists have a disregard, if not resentment, toward motorcyclists that is not directed at other motorists. This is behind some of the problems injured motorcyclists have when they seek justice after an accident.
But motorists have the same duty to look out for motorcycles as they do for other cars and trucks. There’s no excuse for failing to see a motorcycle before turning across a lane, or for cutting them off in traffic, or tailgating and then rear-ending an innocent rider.
A careless or reckless motorist who has caused a motorcycle accident can and should be held accountable.
The Milwaukee law firm of Lindner Law LLC., can stop a negligent motorist from blaming you or a loved one of yours for a motorcycle accident. We’ll step in if you have been denied compensation from an insurance company that has a legal obligation to pay you a fair and full settlement.
Our team will fight for all of the compensation you deserve after a serious motorcycle accident. We can also 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, and fully accounting for all the harm the accident has caused you.
We will be advocates for you, and our staff will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve.
How We Develop Successful Motorcycle Accident Claims in Milwaukee
In addition to the difficulties unique to motorcycle accidents, insurance companies operate on a business model of paying less for claims then they collect from insurance premiums. Obtaining a proper insurance settlement almost always requires a fight.
As your motorcycle accident attorneys, Lindner Law LLC. will:
- Investigate your motorcycle accident and identify all potentially responsible parties, such as:
- The motorists who caused the accident.
- The motorist’s employer, who may be liable (legally responsible) for the at-fault driver if he was driving as part of their job when the accident happened.
- The owner of a bar or store, or a party or event host where an underage driver (not yet 21 years old) obtained alcoholic beverages.
- The local government entity responsible for defective road conditions that contributed to the accident, and contractors they employed.
- The manufacturer and distributor of a defective motorcycle or automobile, or a part that contributed to the accident.
- Identify all applicable insurance coverage held by all potentially liable parties.
- Account for all costs and losses you have incurred.
- File claims with responsible insurance companies to seek the most money available to you.
Once insurers receive and review accident claims, we begin to negotiate for a fair and appropriate settlement. When a settlement agreement is not possible, we file a personal injury lawsuit (or multiple suits).
A lawsuit begins the process of taking an accident claim to court. Work during a lawsuit’s discovery process can uncover evidence that prompts insurers to offer a better settlement and avoid going to court.
We present all settlement offers to our clients, along with our best advice. But it is always the client’s decision whether to accept a settlement offer.
Lindner Law LLC., works as efficiently as possible. We don’t rush through claims just to settle and move on to the next case. Our Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to fighting for every bit of compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Milwaukee Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
Call Lindner Law LLC., in Milwaukee for attentive and dedicated legal services if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We provide comprehensive legal representation in motorcycle accident claims to allow injured motorcyclists to focus on recovery instead of fighting insurance companies.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation initial discussion of your motorcycle accident and how we can pursue compensation for you. We take motorcycle accident cases on a contingency-fee basis. You will not pay us legal fees or expenses unless we recover money for you.