Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Wisconsin

Wisconsin Attorneys for Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycles in Wisconsin are a tradition. More than a means of getting from A to B they are a way of life. Without the exterior of a car to offer any protection, riders are more exposed significant injury when something goes wrong. Even at lower speeds, motorcycle collisions can cause debilitating injuries. If you have fallen victim to another person’s recklessness while riding your motorcycle, the attorneys at GCW can help.

Motorcycle Accident Victims Can Recover Damages For:

  • Disability
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and interference with family relationships
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages, future earnings and earning capacity
  • Past, present and future medical bills
  • Wrongful death

At Gingras, Cates & Wachs, our experienced team of motorcycle accident lawyers understands the unique legal hurdles facing motorcycle drivers after an accident. Our staff understands what it takes to make sure that an injured motorcycle driver receives just compensation for injuries in an accident. We make sure that you can focus on getting things back on track and healthy, while we handle resolving your claim against the other driver and their insurance company.

Contact one of our three Wisconsin-based law offices for a free consultation.

Motorcycle Accident FAQ

I was involved in a motorcycle accident, what should I do?

1) Get medical treatment for your accident if needed. If you are in pain, go to a medical doctor, chiropractor, urgent care or ER as soon as possible. Your health is extremely important. Be proactive about getting a proper diagnosis and obtaining medical treatment for your injuries. Do not delay!
2) Next, you should open a claim with your auto insurance carrier and the other driver’s insurance carrier. If the other driver’s insurance company calls, which they will, wanting a statement—do not give them one. You are not obligated to. If you have been injured, first seek the representation of an attorney before ever providing a statement to the other person’s insurance company.
3) Finally, call Gingras, Cates & Wachs for a free, no risk case consultation.

Will the person who caused my motorcycle accident injury be punished?
The person who caused the motorcycle accident injuries is typically do not receive jail time or criminal fines as punishment. Those are common criminal sentences, and personal injury cases, such as a motorcycle accident injury, are civil actions which do not include jail time. However, in some cases, juries and courts can award what are called “punitive damages,” which are designed to punish defendants who have behaved recklessly or intentionally against the public’s interest. The goal in ordering the payment of punitive damages is to discourage such defendants and others from engaging in the same kind of harmful behavior in the future. One of the most common situations where punitive damages may be available is when a person is injured in a motorcycle accident by a drunk driver.

What is negligence when it comes to motorcycle accidents?
Negligence, as in motorcycle and other vehicle accidents, is the failure to use reasonable care to prevent harm to others. A person is negligent if he or she does something that a reasonably careful person would not do in the same situation or fails to do something that a reasonably careful person would do in the same situation. We have represented thousands of individuals who have been injured in car accidents due to the negligence of other drivers. If you have been injured by another’s negligence, contact our office for a free, no-hassle consultation.

What if a person dies from injuries caused by a motorcycle accident before bringing a lawsuit?
If a person dies as a result of a motorcycle accident, it is referred to as wrongful death. Spouses, parents, children, siblings, and grandparents may have a claim for wrongful death against the responsible parties. The relationship with the decedent will dictate the priority of the claim. The types of damages that can be sought depending on that relationship are: Financial support that the survivor(s) would have received, Value of household services that would have been provided by the decedent, Loss of companionship, affection, love, care, comfort, society, Loss of consortium (sexual relations) for the surviving spouse, Funeral and burial expenses. Because the loss of a loved one can completely alter the life of the surviving family, it is important to retain an experienced personal injury attorney to recover the just compensation you deserve. GCW has handled numerous wrongful death cases involving motorcycle and other vehicle accidents in order to take away the burden on the rest of the family.

Do I still have a claim if my health insurance paid my medical bills?
Absolutely. Most injured persons in a motorcycle accident do not realize that they are entitled to the full value of their medical treatment—the actual cost of the treatment, not just their co-pay or deductible. Often times, insurance carriers attempt to reduce an injury victim’s damages by offering to just pay their ‘out of pocket’ expenses, which leaves the injured person less than whole.  While your health insurance carrier and/or medical payments coverage on your automobile policy have to pay for your medical expenses, they also have the right to be paid back.  This is generally referred to as subrogation.  That can be a difficult and tricky process which is usually best handled by lawyers like those at GCW.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, call Gingras, Cates, & Wachs for more information on how we can help.

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