Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Madison, WI Working Tirelessly For Their Client’s Rights
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 can be mounting medical bills, emotional and financial distress for your family, and more.
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 skillset 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. Contact our office today at (608) 448-6242 to discuss how we can best assist you.
What Are Some Main Causes for 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 multiple accidents.
Inclement weather can also lead to accidents. Windy, wet, or icy roads can contribute to significant injuries or even death for motorcycle operators.
Is Wisconsin an At-Fault State?
Some states are known as at-fault states or no-fault states. Wisconsin is neither of those but rather a comparative fault state. This means 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. If you are found to be more than 50% at fault for the accident, you will not likely receive compensation for the injuries or damages sustained.
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 to get you back on your feet. What it may not cover, however, is emotional distress resulting from your injuries, lost wages, 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. 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 an 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? Wisconsin attorneys for personal injury cases are trained to do just that so you can focus on healing.
Our team of attorneys respects how difficult this position is to be in for you. We have a thorough knowledge of the laws involved in motorcycle accidents and have over 20 years of experience fighting for our client’s 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. Contact our office at (608) 448-6242 to get started.