Motorcycle Accidents: An After the Accident Checklist

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The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be quite traumatic. In a moment, a motorcyclist can go from enjoying the ride to dealing with the pain of injuries and serious damage to the bike.

In the midst of dealing with both of those motorcycle accident problems, there are also future legal proceedings to keep in mind—which can be incredibly difficult at a chaotic accident scene. In addition to medical bills and bike repair, pedestrians may also receive compensation for lost wages and pain and suffering resulting from a motorcycle accident. This checklist can help any motorcyclist get through the moments, days, and years after a motorcycle accident (and receive fair compensation).

What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident

___ Stay in the same spot (safely).
If it is possible to say safe doing so, try to stay in the same place after an accident (the bike too). The placement of the bike and all parties involved can be an important part of determining fault.

___ Call the police.
As soon as possible, contact the police. While waiting for them to arrive, don’t make any statements to the other involved parties or bystanders. Even small statements, such as “I don’t know what happened” or “I shouldn’t have…” can be misunderstood as an admission of fault.

___ Collect photos and information.
While at the accident scene, collect as much information as possible. Motorcyclists should collect insurance and contact information from other parties involved and bystanders. In addition, motorcyclists should take photos of the scene, nearby buildings and landmarks, injuries, and motorcycle damage.

___ Seek medical care.
Some accidents are visible and obvious, requiring immediate medical attention. Other accident injuries are not as evident right away and may take days for symptoms to appear. No matter what the type of injury, motorcyclists should always seek medical care as soon as it is obvious there is a problem. This could include a ride in the ambulance at the scene or a visit to a clinic days after. Motorcyclists should always keep all documentation (i.e. medical and bills) from the appointments for later reference.

___ Keep all motorcycle accident documentation on file.
After a motorcycle accident, motorcyclists receive documentation for bike repair, hospital and clinic care, chiropractor appointments, insurance matters, and any other accident matters. Even receipts for medications can be helpful when seeking compensation for injuries from a motorcycle accident. All of this paperwork can be an important part of future communications and proceedings.

___ Contact the insurance company.
Motorcyclists should always contact the insurance company that covers the bike, but should always keep in mind that communications are not confidential. As in all statements at the scene, motorcyclists should not admit fault to insurance agents and representatives.

___ Talk to an experienced lawyer.
After many motorcycle accidents, motorcyclists may receive offers from insurance companies that may not cover all the expenses caused by the accident. Even if the initial offer sounds fair, it can still make sense for a motorcyclist to  contact an experienced local lawyer to get information about compensation specific to the case and  Wisconsin shared fault law, which means that the fault of each driver is calculated and parties are responsible for their share of the expenses. An experienced personal injury lawyer can give you advice on how to proceed to receive fair compensation.

How to Prevent Future Motorcycle Accidents

  • Wear visible motorcycling gear (including bright clothing and a helmet reflector).
  • Make sure other drivers see you when driving.
  • Don’t drink and ride.
  • Drive safely.
  • Wear safety gear when riding (including a helmet, goggles or helmet shield, long sleeve jacket, long pants, and motorcycle boots).
  • Purchase a quality helmet.
  • Pay attention to the weather before and during riding.
  • Watch the road closely for sand, potholes, and excessive gravel that can cause an accident.
  • Take a  Wisconsin motorcycle safety course.
  • Look twice at intersections, proceed once.
  • Most importantly, drive safe and enjoy the ride!


The materials on this website are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete, or up-to-date and should in no way be taken as an indication of future results. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and the receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship between sender and receiver. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this website without first seeking the advice of an attorney.

When to Contact & Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

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Personal injury lawyers are more than just car accident lawyers. In fact, it is wise to contact and hire a personal injury lawyers for any case involving an injury resulting from a negligent or reckless action of another party. This can be any kind of incident (see list of possible personal injury cases) where someone is injured and needs compensation to cover any expenses that arise—and may continue to arise—related to the injury.

All personal injury accident victims should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

What kind of cases do personal injury lawyers handle?

Most people think of personal injury lawyers after a car accident. The list of personal injury cases could include, but is not limited to:

  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Car, Truck and Automobile Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Boat and Personal Watercraft Accidents
  • Bus, Semi-Truck and Other Vehicle Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Farm Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Workplace Accidents and Worker’s Compensation
  • Defective Products and Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Claims
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Broken Bones
  • Homeowner Liability
  • Medical Malpractice

An experienced personal injury lawyer is an important asset and guide when navigating through the process. The right personal injury lawyer can answer questions and advocate for the highest and fairest amount of compensation.

The materials on this website are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete, or up-to-date and should in no way be taken as an indication of future results. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and the receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship between sender and receiver. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this website without first seeking the advice of an attorney.

7 Effective Ways to Prevent a Motorcycle Accident

motorcycle rider enjoying roads during wisconsin summerAfter months of (winter and spring) snow, Wisconsin motorcyclists are finally back on the road again. The weather is great. Why not go for a ride? Unfortunately, the newspapers and television newscasts are dotted with stories about motorcyclists injured or killed in accidents, usually with other vehicles. We’ve seen many of those motorcyclists in our office, dealing with aftermath of a difficult motorcycle accident. While you can’t change the behavior of other drivers (unfortunately), there are steps you can take to prevent a motorcycle accident when you are taking the bike out for a ride.

Make sure other drivers see you.

You can’t always control a driver double checking their rear view mirror, but there are steps you can take to ensure that you are highly visible. Wear bright clothing when riding. Purchase a brightly colored helmet and add a bright reflector to the back of a helmet (usually a piece of bright reflecting tape).

Drive safely.

Obviously, you try to drive safe when out for a ride. Take that commitment an extra step by not adding speed and alcohol into the mix, which can increase your chances of an accident.

Wear adequate gear.

As tempting as it may be to head out in shorts and a tank, that decision can increase the chance and severity of injury during accidents. Instead, wear a helmet, goggles (or a helmet shield), long sleeve jacket (with thick fabric for sleeves), long pants, and motorcycle boots.

Purchase a quality helmet.

A quality helmet can be invaluable when an incident causes you to go down; it gives you another layer of protection against brain and head injuries. If you decide to wear a helmet, do you research and purchase a quality helmet that fits properly and can protect you against injury.

Pay attention to conditions and the weather.

Heavy rain can negatively impact visibility for any driver—especially motorcycle riders. Storms can also make roads greasy and impact traction. Watch the news, monitor an app, and a close eye on the sky so you are up-to-date on the weather. Likewise, watch the road closely for sand, potholes, and excessive gravel that can cause an accident.

Take a motorcycle safety course.

A motorcycle safety course can be a real asset for new motorcyclists, and an excellent refresher for experienced riders. Before riding your new bike, search and enroll in a local motorcycle safety course.

Look twice, proceed once.

Statistics show that most motorcycle accidents happen at intersections. Before proceeding across any intersection, slow down and double check for other vehicles. If you have a stop sign, look at each car in the intersection before proceeding. If you do get in accident, do not move your bike until the police ask you to do so (or for safety reasons). Take pictures of the accident scene and consult the appropriate professionals for advice.

Most importantly, drive safe and enjoy the ride!

The materials on this website are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete, or up-to-date and should in no way be taken as an indication of future results. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and the receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship between sender and receiver. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this website without first seeking the advice of an attorney.