The accident was definitely not my fault. Why do I need a motorcycle accident attorney?
The insurance company is not going to pay you a fair amount without a fight, even if you were not at all to blame for your accident. It may quickly offer you some money if it is obvious that you are entitled to compensation, and that amount will be far less than what you can receive for your injuries and property damage. That is just one of the dirty tricks the insurance companies use to avoid paying the full amount.
Our Madison motorcycle accident lawyers know how to stand up to the insurance companies and help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
Will I be able to get the true value of my bike?
Custom and aftermarket parts are much more common on motorcycle than cars, and determining the value of your bike is probably going to be much more complicated than just looking it up in the bluebook. The insurance company will undervalue your bike if at all possible. Determining and proving the true value of your bike requires the expertise of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.
My passenger and I were not wearing helmets when we crashed. How will that affect my case?
Unless you are under 18 years old, or operating a motorcycle with a learner’s permit, there is no law in Wisconsin requiring you to wear a helmet. However, failure to wear a helmet may impact your case. You need to speak with an experienced injury attorney to determine your rights.
In Wisconsin, only motorcycle operators and passengers who are under 18 or those who are operating with a learner’s permit are required to wear a helmet. Motorcycle operators are required by law to make sure that passengers who are under 18 wear a helmet.
Who can be held responsible for my motorcycle accident injuries?
This will depend on the cause of your accident, and can also depend on factors which contributed to the seriousness of your injuries not just the accident itself. For instance, if you hit a sign that should have been mounted on a breakaway pole, but was not, the sign did not cause your accident, but may have made your injuries substantially worse than they would have been had the sign been constructed properly.
A motorcycle accident lawsuit can have more than one defendant. Responsible parties can include:
- Motorcycle manufactures
- Helmet manufacturers
- Auto manufacturers
- Parts manufacturers
- Repair shops
- Government entity responsible for designing, constructing, or maintaining roadways
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in Madison or anywhere in Wisconsin, please contact our Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorneys at 608-268-0268 or submit an online questionnaire. Your initial legal consultation is free and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.