Motorcycle riding is a risky business. Any time an accident involves a motorcycle, the outcomes are often severe or deadly for motorcyclists. Engaging in every safety measure as a rider is a must, but even when one is an extra cautious disaster can still ensue.
Wisconsin Motorcycle Crash Statistics
Each year, Wisconsin sees many thousand accidents. Approximately 75 deaths result annually. On average, the state sees motorcycle crashes close to every 4 hours. During 4 years from 2013-2017, there were more than 11,000 motorcycle accidents. Milwaukee County experienced the brunt of them with crashes totaling over 1,500. Dane County was subject to 776 of these motorcycle crashes, and there were 645 in Waukesha County.
The majority of these incidents, 4,802 to be exact, took place in local roads from 2013 to 2017. Out of those crashes on local roads, 2.6% were fatal. Motorcycle crashes that took place on the highway happened at a lesser frequency but they proved to be much more deadly. Highway crashes resulted in a 5% being fatal. Interstate motorcycle crashes were the least deadly with 1.9% resulting in the loss of life.
Helmet Use And Motorcyclists
If you ride a motorcycle and don’t wear a helmet, you are almost ensuring disabling injuries if not death. Out of the 383 motorcyclists that died in crashes from 2013- 2017 in Wisconsin, a mere 96 of the deceased riders were wearing a helmet, 173 wore protective goggles, while 97 riders did not wear any protective gear. That means that 287 deaths took place in riders who didn’t wear a helmet which poses the question, “could the majority of motorcyclist deaths been avoided by wearing a helmet?” Only 25% of riders wore their helmets while 54% sadly, did not.
Do You Need Representation From A Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
Wearing a helmet isn’t just going to better protect you from significant harm when you hit the road on your motorcycle, it will also have an impact on the amount of compensation you can recover during either a personal injury or wrongful death suit. The defense can argue the outcome of your accident would not have been as severe if you wore a helmet. According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), Snell or ANSI labels on the inside of helmets indicate the helmet meets the necessary safety guidelines necessary to offer the most head protection.
When pursuing a claim for damages after a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you will need effective representation. The attorneys at the Alexander J. smith law Offices are an experienced team of Janesville motorcycle accident attorneys.
Our team of Wisconsin personal injury attorneys cares about victims’ rights in Illinois and Wisconsin. We will examine your case and work with you to ensure your legal justice is served. Call our Janesville wrongful death lawyers at Alexander J. Smith Law Offices today to set up a free consultation at (608) 237-7035 for residents of Wisconsin or (815) 2439686 for residents of Illinois.