Milwaukee Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Milwaukee motorcycle accident, it is important to know your rights.
As one of the leading personal injury law firms in Wisconsin, the experienced Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers at the law offices of PKSD offer free initial consultations to discuss your legal options and work quickly to obtain the maximum compensation for your claim. Our skilled personal injury attorneys have more than 150 years of combined legal experience, making us qualified to handle any accident claim. We have been protecting the rights of injury victims in Milwaukee since 1999 and only accept claims on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we help you recover compensation.
For more information, call 877-877-2228. There are no upfront costs for us to handle your motorcycle accident lawsuit.
Do I Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
While you are not required to hire an attorney after a motorcycle accident, having legal representation can be vital to helping ensure you are fully compensated for any damages you have sustained.
It can be difficult to recover damages if you have been in a motorcycle accident. Insurance companies require many details and can take a very long time to process your claim, leaving you without the funds you need to pay medical bills associated with your injuries, among other expenses.
Insurance companies may also try to place blame on you as a rider, attempting to argue that you appeared to be speeding or acting in a dangerous manner. If these types of statements are not disproven, they can greatly affect the result of your compensation claim.
Our Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers can help prove that the other driver was negligent and was the direct cause of the damages you sustained. We will accomplish this by:
- Gathering evidence from the accident scene that will support your claim.
- Reviewing all accident and police reports to gain an accurate assessment of the events that occurred. We will also obtain any photographic or video footage that details the accident, such as footage and still images from traffic cameras.
- Investigating any party that is involved in the accident to look for any history of bad driving records or similar previous incidents.
- Personally handling any interactions and negotiations with all insurance companies and attorneys involved in the claim.
Having a qualified attorney who understands how to handle insurance companies can provide crucial relief to victims and their families after a severe motorcycle accident.
Our co-founding partner, Jeffrey Pitman, is an award winning attorney who is a past president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice and has been helping injury victims throughout Wisconsin for more than 20 years.
To speak with one of our Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers, call 877-877-2228.
Can I be Compensated for My Motorcycle Accident?
When filing a claim for compensation after a severe motorcycle accident, it is important to understand that insurance companies will often offer an amount that will only cover the bare minimum of the damages you sustained. The original offer may not provide you with the necessary relief you need.
However, an attorney who has experience in negotiating these types of claims can factor in all damages, both tangible and intangible, that may maximize your claim. These are referred to as economic and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages estimate the cost of the financial damage that was sustained in the accident, which include:
- Medical expenses
- Past and future hospital visits
- Lost wages
- Inability to produce future income
- Loss of use of property
Noneconomic damages place a monetary value on the intangible losses suffered during an accident, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement or disability
In Wisconsin, compensation for personal injury claims is determined by the rule of comparative negligence. This allows the court to decide the amount of damages you are able to seek in a claim based on your level of responsibility for causing the accident that injured you.
For example, if you have filed a $10,000 claim for damages and expenses from the motorcycle accident, but it has been found that your actions were 30 percent responsible for causing the accident, you will only be able to seek $7,000.
As skilled personal injury attorneys, we can provide you with an accurate assessment of the true amount of compensation you may be able to pursue for the losses you experienced as a result of the accident.
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Is There a Deadline to File My Claim?
In the state of Wisconsin, personal injury victims have three years to file a compensation claim, according to Wisconsin Statutes Section 893.54.This filing time begins from the date that your accident occurred.
For those who would also like to file a compensation claim for property damages, you have up to six years from the date of your accident to file a claim. This is based upon the Wisconsin Statutes Section 893.52.
If you are unsure if you are eligible to file a claim, contact the MIlwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers at PKSD for a free analysis of your incident.
What Should I do after a Motorcycle Accident?
The steps you take after an accident are important for establishing an accurate account of what happened.
After the accident, you should call 9-1-1 immediately, if you are able. It is important that you seek immediate medical care for your injuries. This can include receiving emergency care at a hospital such as Froedtert Hospital, which has the only Level I Trauma Center in eastern Wisconsin, or visiting a doctor after the accident.
Even if your injuries seem minor at first, it is important to establish a medical record linking your injuries to the accident. You should also maintain a record of all treatment and care you receive.
If possible, you should also collect as much information as possible from the other parties involved, including names, phone numbers, insurance information, and make and models of their vehicles.
Your next step should be to photograph the accident scene and document the damage to your motorcycle and the other vehicles involved. Through this evidence and firsthand accounts of the accident, our attorneys will be able to provide an accurate assessment of the damages you have suffered and may be able to establish a liable party.
Keep a record of the expenses you incurred as a result of the accident, which our attorneys will be able to use when assessing damages. This includes:
- Repair estimates for your motorcycle
- Bills from doctors or hospital visits
- Time missed from work because of an injury
- Medical expenses
- Any additional charges spent because of the accident
Although you are required to cooperate with your insurance company, it is best not to speak to any insurance adjusters or agents without first contacting an attorney. Adjusters will try to catch any inconsistencies or contradictions in your side of the story and will use your words against you to minimize or deny your claim. We will handle all negotiations and conversations with the insurance company, while always keeping your best interests at the forefront.
You may also want to obtain the crash report from your incident. Accident reports are now available from the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation for a small fee. You will need to provide the date of the crash and also the driver’s license number of at least one of the parties involved. You can download the report directly to your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
An attorney working on your claim may also reference a document provided by Wisconsin’s state government, entitled Rules of The Road which details many of the rules and regulations that apply to motor vehicles in Wisconsin.
After being in a motorcycle accident, and once you have seen a doctor if you were injured, you should quickly seek legal representation to avoid being taken advantage of by tricks employed by insurance companies to devalue your claim. Contact our Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers for qualified legal guidance at no cost unless we succeed in recovering you compensation.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Most motorcycle accidents are a result of some form of negligence. This can include:
- Vehicles pulling in front of a motorcycle
- Distracted driving
- Careless or reckless driving
- Drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Blind corners
- Failing to look for a motorcycle when changing lanes
- Failing to leave enough space between two vehicles
- Poor road maintenance
Motorcycles share the road with drivers but must constantly look out for acts of negligence that could have deadly results. By being mindful of motorcyclists, drivers could prevent many of the serious and fatal motorcycle accidents that occur every year.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident because of a negligent driver, you may have legal options. Our Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the injured and will hold the at-fault driver accountable for any harm he or she caused.
Call 877-877-2228 to speak with a Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer.
Common Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents
In Wisconsin, there is no universal law that mandates motorcycle riders wear a helmet. However, according to motorcycle accident statistics, helmets are 37 percent effective for drivers and 41 percent effective for passengers in preventing fatal motorcycle accidents. Even though it is not illegal in our state to ride without a helmet, a helmet is a crucial safety device that provides a great amount of protection. Their ability to save lives should not be overlooked.
Because motorcyclists do not have the protection of other types of vehicles, and no safety devices such as airbags and seatbelts, injuries sustained in a wreck can be quite serious.
Our Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers have helped hundreds of victims claim compensation for their injuries. We have experience helping victims who have sustained injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck or spinal cord injury
- Road rash
- Internal bleeding
- Fractures and broken bones
- Ligament tears
- Psychiatric issues
If you or a loved one was severely injured in a motorcycle accident, you may require expensive medical treatment. Compensation from a motorcycle accident claim can help you pay for the medical care you need.
Speak with us in a free, no obligation consultation to learn more.
Call 877-877-2228 if you or your loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident.
Contact our Milwaukee Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact us today. We are an accomplished personal injury firm dedicated to protecting accident victims throughout the Milwaukee area.
Our Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers always provide prospective clients with a free, no obligation consultation to discuss their claim and review the options they may have. Our main goal is to help you by providing professional and high quality legal assistance that allows you to focus on recovering. Because of this, we do not charge our clients for any legal or investigative fees unless we able to recover compensation.