Milwaukee bicycle accident attorneys Warshafsky represents victims hit by a car on a bike
You need highly skilled negotiators on your side to get the most out of your bike accident lawsuit. Only one law firm staffs a board-certified accident investigator and a medical doctor who doubles as a lawyer: Warshafsky Law.
Warshafsky has recovered award-winning settlements on behalf of our clients including a $750,000 settlement for a wrongful cyclist death case.
Our no win, no fee policy guarantees that you will not be charged until we win your personal injury case.
We'll help you recover maximum compensation for your injuries or damages.
Make sure to detail and document the losses and damages you experience from a bike accident. Keep all copies of records including medical bills, loss of income and out-of-pocket expenses. Insurance companies are good at protecting themselves, so you need to hire an experienced Milwaukee, Wisconsin bike accident lawyer.
According to a 2016 Wisconsin DOT bicycling safety study, a bicyclist is injured or killed on the road every 10.2 hours. Bicycle crashes are preventable, and it should be known 60% of all adult bicycle crashes are caused by an error of the motorist, not the bicyclist. In 2020, Wisconsin DOT reported 543 bicyclist injuries resulting from car accidents, with 12 bicyclist deaths recorded. While the number of bicyclist injuries declined each year between 2015 and 2020, the number of deaths remained in the double digits at 10.
Common causes of bicycle accidents in Milwaukee
Many bike accidents are caused by a driver’s negligence (distracted driving, speeding, reckless driving, operating under the influence). No matter what speed a car is traveling, it can cause very serious injuries to a cyclist. Other common causes of Milwaukee bike accidents include:
Passing or following bicyclists too closely
Failing to yield to a bicyclist or obey traffic signals
Making improper turns or intersection collisions
Backing up or opening car doors without looking for cyclists
The best way to combat injuries is to assume drivers cannot see you. Pay close attention when riding your bike, wear a light and bright colors for better visibility and always wear a helmet.
Dangerous road conditions causing Milwaukee bike accidents
Milwaukee is known for its poor road conditions, especially on busy side streets. Even bike trails intersect high-speed roads. General lack of repair or maintenance to these roads is another common cause of bicycle accidents. Uneven roads, numerous potholes, lack of cyclist lanes and lack of traffic signs or signals could all result in bike accidents.
What to do if you got hit by a car on a bike
The events immediately following a bicycle accident can impact a resulting lawsuit, whether the accident was with a pedestrian, a car, a motorcycle or just you. When you’re in a bike accident with a car, try to stay calm in the aftermath.
Wait for the police Leaving the scene before the police arrive makes it harder to identify the driver. If the driver flees, stay at the scene. Give an accurate report of every detail you remember, especially the license plate number.
Accident report Make sure your version of events makes it into the accident report. Report every injury, even if it seems minor.
Contact information Get contact information from witnesses and the driver's contact and insurance information, license number & license plate.
Take notes Make a note of everything you can remember about the crash and write it down. Documented notes of weather, traffic, and road conditions are more reliable than memory. Write down more details or worsening injuries as you remember them. Don't have your bike, helmet, clothes, etc. cleaned, inspected or repaired and take photos.
Treat injuries Get medical attention and take photos even for minor injuries so you have documentation of your injuries and a medical record further proving your injuries.
Contact Warshafsky Contact our serious bicycle crash attorneys before contacting your insurance company. We have the in-depth knowledge needed to investigate, gather evidence and get you financial compensation.
Getting the most money out of bicycle accident lawsuits
An inattentive motorist, poorly maintained trail or bicycle frame failure can quickly turn a pleasant ride into a life-altering bicycle accident. Injured cyclists have a right to seek reimbursement for their medical bills and the pain they’ve endured, as do the families ofcyclists who have been killed by motorists.
Warshafsky's personal injury attorneys have handled many cases involving bicyclists beinginjured in auto accidents, and they know how to get the highest monetary awards. Injured cyclists and pedestrians need the best to effectively handle a bike accident claim. We have represented countless bicyclists injured by inattentive automobile drivers. Our private investigator draws on years of expertise in preserving evidence to ensure the best possible outcome in your case.If there is any on-site evidence to be found, we will find, document, preserve and use it to your advantage. We will also look for eyewitnesses to document what was seen.
Hear from our Milwaukee clients
I had the pleasure to work with Krista G. LaFave at Warshafsky law firm. Not only was Krista available for my questions, but she worked hard to get more money than I expected. Because of her insight, and professional advice, I listened to her. I was very anxious and wanted to just get this over with. Krista explained that she wanted to fight harder for me to end up with a better payday. I totally trusted her, I could tell she was fighting for me like I was a family member of hers. So happy to have had Krista fighting for me. I ended up with literally double the amount I had anticipated. Thank you again Krista.
I want to thank Warshafsky Law Firm for everything that they have done for me and my daughter. Specifically, Victor C. Harding and Sue M. Soczka. I can't express enough how grateful I am for all of their hard work and dedication. From the beginning to the end, they took control of everything needed to handle my situation. I was regularly contacted and informed about each and every step of the process while working for a positive outcome in my favor. Working with Victor and Sue was not only extremely professional, it was also very personal. I truly felt that I had the support of the entire firm behind me. This is the place, and these are the people, that I would highly recommend having work for you!
The Warshafsky Law Firm were diligent and very professional. I rarely write a review unless I feel strongly about something, but I truly feel that everyone at Warshafsky worked hard on our case and deserves all the good praises. We never felt like we couldn't trust them to work for us to get everything that we deserved. Trusting in the Warshafsky team, especially Frank T. Crivello, was one of the best decisions my family had made. Not only did we have a really good attorney on our side, but we ended up with someone we can consider a friend as well. I don't know where else we could have found an attorney like that. Thank you, Frank and the Warshafsky team.
Whether you ride a quad, electric, dirt, mountain or tandem bicycle, there’s always a danger of getting hurt, especially if you bike without a helmet. The injuries and wounds sustained in a bicycle accident can range from broken bones to severe brain injury and death. Talk to our personal injury lawyers if you’ve suffered from:
Organ damage/internal bleeding
Coma or concussion
Neck and spine injuries
Compensation for your bike accident injuries
There are several damages you may be able to recover money for with the help of a Milwaukee bicycle accident attorney including:
All current or future medical expenses, including rehab or physical therapy
Lost wages and income (current and future)
Disfigurement, scarring or permanent disability
Property damage to your bicycle or personal belongings
Emotional suffering from a traumatic experience or wrongful death
Milwaukee wrongful death attorneys for bike accidents
Many cyclist accidents result in fatalities. If your family member was in a fatal bike accident, hire a bicycle accident attorney to file a wrongful death claim. Warshafsky will help you get compensation from the liable driver. You may receive financial recovery for loss of financial support, society and companionship and value of victim's household services.
Milwaukee bicycle accident attorneys earn compensation for victim's family
Margaret was a 41-year old wife and mother from Grafton who was struck and killed by an unsecured truck trailer. Warshafsky Law filed awrongful death suit for Margaret's husband and children. After reviewing the police reports, eyewitness accounts and statements made by the driver, it was revealed that the truck driver wasn’t the only one at fault. The home building company that hired him didn't supervise him in safety precautions. Attorneys for the homebuilder’s insurance company made an offer to settle. He received a $750,000 settlement, equating to $1.1 million today. The only way to secure compensation for all the losses in a bike accident is to file a civil suit with Warshafsky Law.
Experienced bicycle accident attorneys in Milwaukee
Warshafsky Law is extremely honored to be considered thebest bike accident firm in Milwaukee. We show our special interest in cyclist rights by taking a leadership role in theRide of Silence, an annual international bike ride that commemorates the lives of cyclists injured or killed on public roads and increases awareness among drivers. We gladly support anything that helps prevent more cycling accidents on our roadways.
Win with the best bicycle accident attorney in Milwaukee
Many law firms are all too quick to recommend settling with an insurance company. Although you'd receive your compensation quickly, it is rarely ever close to the amount you deserve. These “settlement mill” law firms are only concerned with getting their cut and moving on to the next one. Our objective is always to secure the maximum settlement possible. Since we only require a payment percentage after a judgment or settlement is reached in your case, we are motivated to ensure you get the maximum possible award for damages. Our opponents know we are dead serious about taking them to court and respond with uncharacteristically generous settlement offers. If we think it’s reasonable, we’ll let you know. If we think you can fare better in court, you can count on us.
What is the minimum amount of payment you can receive from a bicycle accident?
There is no minimum for how much you could receive in a bicycle accident case. Compensation depends on the severity of your injury. You may be reimbursed for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. Contact an experienced attorney.
Is suing for a bicycle accident in Wisconsin worth it?
Yes. If your lawyer can prove liability then you can expect the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our no win no fee lawyers make certain that you don't pay a cent unless we win your case.
How much should I settle for in a bicycle accident case?
Don't settle for the first offer an insurance company puts out. They try to low-ball the amount you deserve based on the severity of your injuries. Speaking to a personal injury lawyer can help you see how much you can get out of your settlement.
What is the average settlement you can receive for a bike accident?
There is no average settlement that one can receive based on bicycle accident injury. All cases are unique to insurance companies due to circumstances of an accident. A lawyer can help figure out how much you could receive.
What are the factors that affect bike accident settlements?
Severity of the accident and the health of the individual afterwards are the primary factors that affect settlement amounts for a bike injury.