When there is a collision involving a motorcycle and another vehicle, the consequences can be extremely serious to the motorcycle driver and passenger. In multiple vehicle accidents, the motorcyclist is likely to sustain the most severe injuries. What causes motorcycle accidents? We hear the same explanations over and over and they often involve the lack of awareness of surroundings or a distracted driver. Other vehicles either didn't see the motorcycle or misjudged the speed of the motorcycle. A motorcycle rear end accident can be deadly. Injury severity increases with speed, alcohol involvement, and motorcycle size.
- What caused the motorcycle accident? "I didn't see the motorcycle. It came out of nowhere." Our investigator will go to the scene and figure out what actually happened. Speeding is often wrongly cited as the cause, because car drivers have misperceptions about speed when it comes to bikes.
- How serious are the injuries? Our lawyers closely monitor the medical diagnosis and treatment of motorcycle accident victims. Because motorcycles offer almost no protection in a crash, the injuries can be especially serious — brain damage (even with a helmet on), neck injuries, road rash, extensive scars, fractures that require surgery (including rods, plates ,and screws) and back injuries that cause paralysis. Motorcycle injuries can also lead to a wrongful death.
- Your personal injury lawyer represents you — not the other driver or the insurance company. In most cases, the accident was caused by another driver and may be made worse by poor road conditions. We work hard to identify all causes because we want you to have the compensation you need for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
We see motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle occurring most often during spring in Wisconsin. When there is a motorcycle accident, emergency rooms tend to see head injuries such as concussions, road rash injuries, soft tissue damage, broken bones, and injured limbs. Lower-extremity injuries from a motorcycle accident are more frequent, but injuries sustained to the upper-extremities such as head, chest, and abdomen tend to be more severe.
In Wisconsin, wearing a helmet is not required by law. A head injury is the most common injury from motorcycle accidents, especially in head-on collisions. An injury to the head can cause a concussion, and even lead to brain damage. Concussions from a motorcycle accident can range in severity, but should never be taken lightly. Brain injuries have a life-long impact; some head injuries can cause irreversible brain damage, and some can also be fatal. Neck injuries are also related, and can paralyze and possibly kill a driver.
Broken bones sustained in a motorcycle accident can include arms, legs, cracked skull, broken ankles, broken ribs, wrist fractures, hip fractures, broken femur, and even injury to the spinal cord. If you're involved in a motorcycle accident, the chances of experiencing broken bones or a fractures are not unusual. Regardless of how common these injuries are, if they are caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be due for compensation.
The term "biker’s arm" is familiar to motorcycle riders. It is caused when the impact of a fall, which lands on your arm, causes the nerves in the upper arm to be damaged. Biker's arm can can cause permanent paralysis of arm movement in severe cases. All it takes is for a vehicle to cross over lanes, or make a left-hand turn without seeing the motorcycle driver. Loss of feeling and loss of muscle function in your arm will have a major impact on the rest of your life.
One of the most common injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash is called road rash. When the operator of a motorbike clashes, scraps, and slides across pavement, road rash is the result. Road rash can be more than just cuts, scrapes, and bruises; if your skin is not properly treated following a motorcycle crash, you could potentially suffer permanent damage such as skin irritations, infections, and even nerve damage.