Madison Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, we don’t need to tell you how devastating that can be for you and your family. The nature of these accidents alone can lead to unimaginable injuries and death. In addition to the injuries, there can be mounting medical bills, emotional and financial distress for your family, long-term lifestyle changes, and even permanent disability.
You don’t have to go through this unfortunate event alone. By working with an experienced Madison motorcycle accident attorney, they can provide the compassion and skill set necessary to help you move forward. You may be eligible for compensation, which won’t completely erase the injuries or bring back a loved one, but can provide you some comfort you deserve after an accident.
Why Choose Pemberton Law as Your Motorcycle Attorney in Wisconsin
Navigating the aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be both physically and emotionally daunting. The specific nature of motorcycle accidents often presents unique legal challenges. Pemberton Personal Injury Law Firm stands as a trusted ally and advocate for motorcyclists, ensuring their rights are upheld, and justice is served.
Proven Financial Results: At the forefront of our accomplishments is our consistent track record of securing substantial settlements for our clients. Pemberton Personal Injury Law Firm has successfully obtained millions of dollars for victims, underscoring our commitment and capabilities in representing those affected by motorcycle accidents.
Decades of Experience: Wisconsin’s roads and legal landscape are unique, and when it comes to motorcycle accident claims, the stakes are high. Our team possesses the experience and local knowledge crucial to understanding the intricacies of Wisconsin law and the challenges motorcyclists face on our roads.
A Reputation That Proceeds Us: Our firm’s name resonates within the corridors of insurance companies, medical establishments, and courts across Wisconsin. Our success and diligent work ethic have earned us the respect of these institutions, a recognition that often plays a pivotal role in the outcome of negotiations and litigation.
Client First, Always: Beyond our vast legal knowledge, we believe in a holistic approach to representation. Every case is more than just a file; it’s a personal story, one we take the time to understand fully. This commitment to our clients enables us to tailor our strategies effectively, ensuring we address your unique needs and concerns comprehensively.
Complete Legal Support: From the initial consultation through to the potential courtroom battles, we stand by our clients every step of the way. Our team provides all-encompassing support, from evidence gathering and full-time support to strategic negotiations and aggressive courtroom representation.
Motorcyclists deserve representation that understands and appreciates the unique joys and risks of riding. At Pemberton Law, we combine our legal prowess with a genuine understanding of the motorcyclist’s perspective. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident in Wisconsin, contact us for a free consultation. With Pemberton Law at your side, you can be assured of an advocate who will fight tenaciously for your rights and the compensation you deserve.
What Are The Main Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
Several factors can lead to motorcycle accidents in Wisconsin and across all states.
Distracted driving, reckless driving, unsafe road conditions, inadequate lighting, intoxicated drivers, and motorcycle defects are the most common.
Inadequately maintained roads are also a common factor leading to motorcycle accidents. What can be a large pothole to a driver of a “regular” vehicle can mean devastating circumstances or injuries for a motorcycle rider.
All drivers and riders have the same responsibilities for safety on the roads. Unfortunately, reckless, distracted, or intoxicated driving leads to thousands of motorcycle crashes and injuries every year, including dozens of fatalities.
Regardless of what caused your motorcycle accident case, our personal injury lawyers will work fastidiously to determine whose negligence injured you and pursue compensation in full for all that your claim is worth.
Is Wisconsin An At-Fault State?
Some states are known as at-fault states or no-fault states. Wisconsin is considered an at-fault state but operates under a modified comparative fault rule, meaning that even if you are partially responsible for the accident, you may still be eligible for compensation.
For example, if you were in an accident while operating your motorcycle and collided with two other vehicles, the fault for this accident would have to be determined based on the three parties involved. If you are found to be 20% responsible for the fault of the accident, and $50,000 of damages were awarded, your portion of the awarded damages would be 20% less due to your contribution to the fault of the accident. Working with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help provide credibility to your case and ensure that your percentage of fault is not exaggerated or misrepresented, helping you obtain maximum compensation and protection during your claim.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Wisconsin
Motorcycles, while offering an unmatched sense of freedom and thrill, also come with inherent risks due to their open nature and relative lack of protection compared to other vehicles. When accidents occur, motorcyclists are often more susceptible to severe injuries. Understanding these injuries is crucial, not only for safety awareness, but also for victims seeking compensation for their traumas.
- Road Rash: Unlike car occupants, motorcyclists have little to shield them from direct contact with the road. When accidents result in a slide across the pavement, riders may suffer from road rash, which is not just a simple scrape or bruise. In severe cases, this injury can strip away layers of skin, leading to significant pain and potential infections and often requiring skin grafts or other surgical interventions.
- Bone Fractures: Given the lack of external protection, motorcyclists can suffer from broken bones during collisions. Wrists and arms, often used instinctively to brace for impact, are commonly fractured, as are legs, which can be caught or crushed during an accident.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): Even with a helmet, motorcyclists are at risk of suffering from traumatic brain injuries, ranging from mild concussions to severe brain trauma. These injuries can have life-altering consequences, affecting cognitive functions, memory, and even personality.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: A collision’s force can lead to injuries to the spine, sometimes resulting in partial or complete paralysis. These devastating injuries can change the trajectory of a victim’s life, necessitating long-term medical care and support.
- Internal Injuries: The blunt force trauma from a motorcycle crash can cause internal bleeding or damage to organs. These injuries might not be immediately evident, but can be life-threatening if not promptly diagnosed and treated.
- Lower Extremity Injuries: The legs, knees, and feet are particularly vulnerable in motorcycle accidents. Injuries can range from lacerations and bruises to compound fractures or even amputations in severe cases.
- Emotional and Psychological Trauma: Beyond the physical, motorcycle accidents can leave lasting emotional scars. Victims might grapple with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, or depression, impacting their quality of life and mental well-being.
At Pemberton Law, we recognize the profound impact these injuries can have on a person’s life. Our team is equipped with both the compassion and experience to advocate for victims, ensuring they receive the care, support, and compensation they need during their recovery journey.
If My Insurance Covered My Medical Costs, Am I Still Entitled To Compensation?
Insurance can serve us well when it comes to accidents. It can and should take care of most of the financial responsibility associated with seeking medical care and help get you back on your feet. What it may not cover, however, is emotional distress resulting from your injuries, lost wages, property damage, or pain and suffering.
You can work with an experienced attorney to obtain the compensation you deserve. This can mean that your attorney works with you to determine what damages you incurred personally due to the accident, including medical expenses not covered by your insurance claims, such as long-term costs or modifications to your home necessary due to your injury.
Other Compensable Damages in a Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident
Are you no longer able to work in the same position and therefore need to take a pay cut due to your injuries? Pain and suffering or emotional distress can also be covered by pursuing damages in court.
If gross negligence by the other party can be proven, you may be entitled to punitive damages in addition to general damages. Punitive damages are awarded when it has been established that the other party was either grossly negligent or intentional about their actions that caused your injury. Examples can be distracted or impaired driving, reckless driving, and more. Punitive damages are meant to penalize the offender for deterring them and others from repeating their negligent actions in the future.
Why Do I Need a Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
The damages and injuries associated with a motorcycle accident can devastate our families and us personally and financially. You will need medical attention and take time away from providing for your family to heal, and you will likely have significant medical bills and unnecessary stress. Who will work on obtaining compensation while you are dealing with medical treatment? Who will ensure that your time away from work won’t financially devastate your family?
Our Wisconsin personal injury attorneys are trained to do just that, so you can focus on healing.
Our team respects how difficult this position is to be in for you, has thorough knowledge of the laws involved in motorcycle accidents, and over 20 years of experience fighting for our clients’ rights. Let us help you to determine if you are eligible for compensation and help you fight for that compensation, so you can get back to life as you know it.
Pemberton Personal Injury Law Firm
5609 Medical Cir #4
Madison, WI 53719