Too many child and adult bicyclists are injured or killed in Wisconsin by motor vehicle drivers who carelessly fail to share the road or simply refuse to respect bicyclists’ rights.
At Techmeier Law Firm, we stand up for bicyclists when they are harmed by the negligence or recklessness of others. Please read about the $2.5 million bicycle accident settlement our firm obtained.
Our attorneys know how to investigate bicycle-car collisions. We also understand the severe injuries that can be caused by these crashes. We work hard to secure full and fair compensation for bicycle accident victims and their families.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in Milwaukee or elsewhere in Wisconsin, contact us today for a free consultation.
Bicyclists’ Safety Remains an Issue in Wisconsin
Bicycling is popular today in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin. Some ride for exercise, while many others bike as a regular means of transportation. In fact, the League of American Bicyclists estimates that more than 6,500 bicyclists now commute in Milwaukee – more than double the number in 1990.
In response to rising bicycle use, our state has sought ways to prevent bicycle-car collisions. We now have hundreds of miles of trails and dedicated bike lanes, special laws that protect bicyclists and campaigns such as the Safe Routes to School program.
Still, the number of bicycle accident injuries and deaths in our state remains far too high. The most recent Wisconsin Traffic Crash Facts report shows that in one recent year there were:
- 1,146 bicycle crashes
- 1,068 bicyclists injured
- 11 bicyclists killed
- One bicyclist injured or killed every 8.3 hours.
Most alarming: Children face an especially high risk of being struck by motor vehicles. Roughly a quarter of the state’s total injured bicyclists, or 266, were between the ages of 5 and 15, the Traffic Crash Facts report shows.
Why Do Bicycle Accidents Happen?
Bicyclists can cause collisions with cars. They may cross a street illegally, ride in the wrong direction on a road or fail to wear proper reflective gear. However, in many cases, the fault lies with motorists.
Motor vehicle drivers can cause bicyclist injuries and deaths by:
- Failing to keep a proper lookout (perhaps due to being distracted)
- Driving too fast and being unable to avoid a bicyclist
- Speeding through school zones or neighborhood streets
- Refusing to yield to a bicyclist who has the right of way at an intersection
- Failing to leave a safe following distance
- Passing a bicyclist without leaving enough space
- Failing to signal turns.
All of these are examples of negligent or reckless conduct that may serve as grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit that seeks just compensation.
Additionally, a violation of a Wisconsin law that is aimed at protecting bicyclists may be the basis for a claim of negligence per se. For instance, a motorist may fail to leave three feet of space when passing a bicyclist in violation of the law. Another law requires motorists to use caution when opening the doors of parked cars. A “dooring” accident may result from a failure to follow this law.
Bicycle Accidents Can Lead to Serious Injuries
It is important to work with a law firm that understands the serious physical, emotional and financial consequences of a bicycle accident. At Techmeier Law Firm, we understand how bicycle crashes can cause life-changing injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries – As the Center for Head Injury Services reports, nearly 75 percent of bicyclist fatalities are due to head injuries (which can be prevented, to a degree, by wearing proper helmets)
- Burns – Friction burns, in particular, can lead to scarring and disfigurement
- Spinal cord injuries – Strain or impact on the spinal column a collision with a vehicle can lead to fractures and/or nerve damage in the neck and back
- Fractures – Multiple fractures may be sustained in a crash, with injuries to the arms and wrists being most common in bicycle accidents.
Techmeier Law Firm is committed to making sure that bicycle accident victims receive the medical treatment and ongoing therapy they need for their recovery. We are especially attentive to the unique challenges faced by children who are harmed in bicycle crashes and their families.
Our Lawyers Seek Compensation for Injured Wisconsin Bicyclists
Our goal is to explore all options for compensation for clients who have been seriously hurt or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident caused by another.
Compensation often is sought through the at-fault driver’s liability insurance coverage. In some cases, it may involve seeking a recovery through your own uninsured motorist (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage. For instance, a bicyclist’s UM policy may cover injuries resulting from a hit-and-run accident.
Contact a Milwaukee Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in Milwaukee or elsewhere in Wisconsin, do not wait to get legal help. Techmeier Law Firm can take immediate steps to protect your rights and seek full and fair compensation for your losses. Contact us today to get started.
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