Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident Lawyers who ride and care.
Motorcycle drivers are not the only ones who suffer injuries or fatalities in motorcycle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, 9,000 motorcycle passengers suffered injuries in motorcycle-related crashes in 2007, and the NHTSA estimates that motorcycle passengers are killed in 8% of fatal motorcycle accidents.
Some tragic Wisconsin motorcycle passenger fatalities that occurred this summer:
A 51-year old female motorcycle passenger was killed in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident in July that occurred on I-94 near Tomah. A WKTB in La Crosse news report indicates that the 47-year old Wisconsin motorcyclist driving the motorcycle ran into a median, and both the driver and passenger were thrown from the bike. The motorcycle passenger died on the scene and the motorcycle driver sustained life-threatening injuries in the accident.
In June, a 55-year old female Wisconsin motorcycle passenger died from injuries she suffered when the driver of the motorcycle on which she was riding tried to avoid hitting another vehicle. According to Today’s TMJ4 – Milwaukee, the driver of the motorcycle lost control of his bike when he tried to avoid a collision with a pick-up truck that ran a stop sign. As a result, the motorcyclist and his passenger were both ejected from the bike. The Wisconsin motorcycle driver was injured in the accident and his passenger died after she was transported to the hospital.
While motorcycle riding involves some inherent risk to motorcyclists and their passengers, there are ways to minimize the chances of a Wisconsin motorcycle accident. Riding with a passenger affects braking distance, cornering ability, and other aspects of motorcycle handling. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers safety tips for motorcyclists riding with passengers. A few of the many suggestions they offer are:
· Make sure you are experienced in operating your motorcycle before riding with passengers
· Have your passengers wear protective gear
· Be cautious when cornering
· Allow more time and space when passing other vehicles
· Avoid excessive speeds and sharp lean angles
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Wisconsin motorcycle passenger accident our Wisconsin motorcycle lawyers can help. We are legal advocates for bikers all over Wisconsin including Madison, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, and Superior. Call us today at 1-800-4-BIKERS.
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