Because bicyclists have little to no protection when riding a bike, avoiding accidents are crucial for preventing serious injuries. Statistics provide an idea of how bike accidents occur and, based on these facts, bikers can anticipate and avoid dangerous situations.
Getting legal help with bike injuries
A Milwaukee personal injury lawyer can review the circumstances involved with the accident, determine the underlying cause and identify liable parties. Recovering damages usually requires negotiating with insurance companies or taking the case to trial if settlement offers are unacceptable.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports that operator errors cause over 90 percent of bicycle accidents – whether the error is the motorist’s, bicyclist’s or a pedestrian’s fault. In accidents involving children, children are usually more than 90 percent responsible for causing the accident. However, the same does not hold true for adults. In adult bicycle crashes, motorists are typically 60 percent at fault. Therefore, riding defensively and watching out for motorists is very important when bicycling. Bikers should be particularly wary of motorists making left turns because most accidents where motorists are at fault involve a left turn that crosses the bicyclist’s right-of-way. Head injuries are the most common type of bike accident injury. In many cases, wearing helmets can prevent head injury or brain damage. In other cases, when injuries occur despite wearing helmets, helmets frequently lessen the injury severity. Wisconsin has not yet passed a bicycle helmet law, and Port Washington is the only city that has a bicycle helmet ordinance. Its ordinance requires children under the age of 16 to wear bicycle helmets. Wearing a helmet is a wise safety precaution for any bicycle rider, regardless of age.
Put an experienced law firm on your side
Scherr & Scherr has more than 60 years of combined legal experience and aggressively pursues obtaining compensation for our clients. We do not hesitate to take your case to trial, if necessary, for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
Statistics provide an idea of how bike accidents occur and, based on these facts, bikers can anticipate and avoid dangerous situations. Motorists are at fault in 60 percent of adult bicycle accidents. It is important to ride defensively, watch out for cars making left turns and to wear helmets.