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Green Bay, WI motorcycle accident attorneyAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,985 motorcyclists were fatally injured in motorcycle accidents in 2018. Due to the limited protection that motorcycles provide, the injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents tend to be very serious. In a high percentage of motorcycle accidents, collisions are caused by the negligence of drivers in passenger vehicles or commercial trucks. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, a personal injury attorney can help you understand your options for pursuing a claim against a negligent driver. 

Negligence Leading to Motorcycle Accidents 

Due to the small size of motorcycles, they can be somewhat difficult to spot on the road. Because of this, drivers should take care to notice motorcycles around them and ensure they are driving in a way that protects the safety of motorcyclists. Failure to do so is considered negligence. Legally speaking, negligence is defined as reckless or careless behavior resulting in injury to another party. In motorcycle accidents, negligence can come in a number of forms. Distracted driving, such as texting while driving, can be especially dangerous, since a driver who takes their attention away from the road is less likely to notice motorcycles.

Violations of traffic laws, such as speeding, running a red light, or illegally changing lanes, are another common cause of motorcycle accidents. However, negligence may occur even if a driver does not commit a traffic violation. For example, if a driver fails to properly check their blind spots when changing lanes, this could lead them to collide with a motorcycle, and they may be liable for the injuries suffered by the motorcyclist.

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Green Bay motorcycle accident lawyer distracted drivingWhile everyone who uses the road faces some level of danger, motorcyclists are particularly at risk of injury. Since they do not have the protection that cars and trucks provide to their occupants, motorcycle riders and passengers are likely to be seriously injured in a motorcycle accident

Distracted driving is one issue that can endanger motorcyclists, since even when a driver is fully attentive, they may not see motorcycles on the road around them. The increased use of cell phones in recent years has been a factor in many accidents caused by distracted driving. Fortunately, some states have taken steps to address this, and this has had a measurable effect on the safety of motorcyclists.

Improved Safety From Laws Regarding Cell Phone Use

While many people may believe that they can operate a vehicle safely while using a cell phone to make calls or send texts, this type of distraction can be incredibly dangerous. Using a handheld device causes a driver to take their hands off the wheel and their eyes off the road, and even a momentary lapse in attention can lead to a dangerous collision. Because of these dangers, some states have passed laws restricting the use of cell phones while driving. But have these laws actually improved safety on the roads?

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Appleton motorcycle accident lawyersStatistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) show that over 4, 000 motorcyclists lose their lives each year. Thousands more experience serious injuries, some of which lead to short-term or long-term disability. What are the most common injuries, and what recourse do victims and their families have if a motorcycle accident results in a fatality or severe injury? The following explains further and provides you with details on finding assistance with your claim.

Most Commonly Experienced Injuries

Head injuries tend to be more common and severe among non-helmeted riders; they are also more likely to result in fatal injuries. Such injuries may include everything from fractures in the facial bones or skull to head lacerations and traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, helmet use is not always effective at preventing severe or fatal injuries. In fact, data suggests that helmets are only 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries, and only about 67 percent effective at preventing head injuries. Furthermore, although insurance companies often try to use the failure to use a helmet as a defense to an injury claim, Wisconsin Statutes prohibit the reduction of damages for the failure of a licensed motorcycle operator to operate without a helmet.

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wisconsin motorcycle accidents, motorcycle safety, motorcycle injury, driver negligence, traffic accidents, University of Wisconsin OshkoshMotorcycle accidents often result in more devastating injuries or death than a typical car accident. The lack of a protective barrier and the force of the other vehicle ultimately leaves motorcyclists in a very vulnerable position on the road. In addition to this danger is the fact that drivers in cars and other vehicles are predisposed to not look for motorcycles. Given their small size, car drivers often state not even seeing a motorcycle after an accident has occurred.

In 2009, Nathan Bower, a Michigan resident, was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a novice driver.  Since then, Nathan's family and friends have worked tirelessly to get legislation passed to amend the laws dealing with driver education classes and curriculum. Most motorcycle organizations also offer training and safety courses for both riders and the public.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

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