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Who is liable in a motorcycle accident in Milwaukee?
Under Wisconsin law, liability in a motorcycle accident negligence claim is determined by proving the defendant was at least 50% responsible. Under the Shared Fault Law, the compensation you receive is reduced if you were partially at fault. You must file a personal injury claim within 3 years of discovering the injury.
Wisconsin personal injury lawyers get the biggest payouts for motorcyclists
Insurance companies often try to disfavor claims made by motorcyclists, citing “inherent danger." Don’t tolerate intimidation. An initial offer from insurance companies is often not enough compensation for the injuries caused by a motorcycle wreck. They will typically make a higher settlement offer if a case is on its way to court. Making your motorcycle-related personal injury claim with Warshafsky Law gives you the best chance of winning maximum compensation. We will prepare an aggressive attack for trial using real evidence, engineers and medical professionals. Whether or not a trial ensues, our Milwaukee motorcycle collision attorneys will fight for every penny you are entitled to for your injuries.
Greater risks for Milwaukee motorcyclists
In the age of cell phone distracted drivers, motorcyclists are especially vulnerable. The lack of protection for riders often results in more severe injuries than other vehicle collisions and a much higher chance of death. Our Milwaukee motorcycle injury attorneys are prepared to take on a wide range of cases involving paralysis, spine injuries, amputation, wrongful death and more. No matter how severe the injury, we will prepare a strong case ready to go to court.
Insurance policies involving motorcycles can often be confusing, especially when there is a question as to whether contact was made with another vehicle. Warshafsky Law Firm’s insurance claims lawyers are experienced in navigating complex insurance policies, allowing us to successfully investigate motorcycle accident claims and obtain the highest financial compensation for our clients.
Scooter and moped accidents
Scooter and moped riders are at especially high risk on the roads. Drivers of trucks, cars and buses can easily miss mopeds and scooters while changing lanes or turning. This leads to a high number of fatal accidents related to scooters and mopeds. Instead of the motorist taking the blame, they often try to blame the injured party, citing they were riding dangerously. At Warshafsky, we have a dedicated team of full-time investigators, aggressively fighting for you. We work tirelessly – measuring skid marks, gathering eyewitness accounts and testimonials and studying traffic camera footage to determine why the vehicle collided with your moped. We hold distracted and negligent drivers accountable for their actions and the risks they pose while out driving.
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The key to being a Milwaukee personal injury law firmis not getting the most customers the fastest settlements; it’s getting fair compensation for our clients to help ease our client's recovery from injury and trauma. Warshafsky builds every case to go to trial. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, please do not hesitate to contact ourMilwaukee auto accident attorneys. The earlier we begin our investigation, the better foundation we build for your case.
It all depends. It’s rare that the first settlement offer made by an insurance company adequately addresses the expenses you’ve incurred and the income you’ve lost as a result of the accident. There is usually a series of offers and counteroffers. To give you some idea, though, it can take anywhere from weeks to months just for an insurance company to contact you about a settlement. During this time, they’re investigating the accident and making a determination as to who was responsible. The insurance company of the at-fault driver will frequently drag out their investigation in an attempt to make the injured party anxious and more willing to accept whatever settlement they offer. You’re under no obligation to accept the first settlement offer an insurance company makes, and in most cases you’re better off not accepting it. Having a good personal injury attorney handling the negotiations is the best way to ensure you aren’t shortchanged by your insurance company.
The insurance company settlement offer is less than the value of my motorcycle? What can I do?
It’s unfortunate, but if your bike was totaled in an accident the insurance company is only going to value your bike by the NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) guide. They will not take into account any aftermarket parts, custom paint, or chroming that you’ve had done to your bike. And they’re definitely going to pay you what it would cost to replace the bike you currently own, just as you have it set up. In many cases, the settlement amount offered may be lower than what you still owe on the bike. The only way to ensure you get what your bike is truly worth (to you) is if you have gap insurance, which pays the difference of what the motorcycle is worth and what you owe on it, or if you have insured the bike for a certain amount (aka schedule or stated value). Many policies offer protection for accessories that have been added to the bike. Just be sure to keep your receipts for any accessories or aftermarket parts you’ve installed on your bike.
I was a passenger on a motorcycle that crashed. Is the driver liable for my injuries?
As an accident victim, you can file a personal injury claim against the operator of the motorcycle, the driver of the other vehicle (assuming another vehicle was involved), or both. If the motorcycle you were riding on was the only vehicle involved, it will likely be a negligence case. The exception is if some mechanical defect on the motorcycle caused the operator to crash. If the motorcycle you were on was hit by another vehicle, you can file a claim against both the other driver and the operator of the motorcycle (unless only one of the operators was at fault). If the driver who caused the crash speeds off and cannot be found, you obviously cannot file a claim against this driver. This often happens when a car cuts off a motorcycle in a way that results in a crash. In such cases, you may be able to file a claim for a hit and run accident under the motorcycle operator’s uninsured driver insurance policy.
I had to pay the deductible on my motorcycle insurance. Will I get that back in a settlement?
Yes. If you had to use your medical insurance to cover your injuries, your settlement should include any money you paid out as part of your deductible. We usually recommend paying your insurance deductible to get your bike fixed because you avoid the hassle of dealing with the at-fault driver’s insurance company—who will usually stall and delay payment. You will then get reimbursed for your deductible when your insurance company demands the other party’s insurer pay up.
Do I have to take my bike to the repair shop the insurance company recommended?
No, you can have your bike taken to any repair shop of your choosing. The repair shop an insurance company recommends is usually on their so-called “preferred list” because the insurance company has negotiated a discount of some sort to keep their costs down. Their costs, not your costs. If there is a shop you’ve worked with before and you know they’ll do a good job on your repairs, you can tell the insurance company that’s who you want doing the work on your bike.