If you or a loved one were injured in a bike accident in Wisconsin caused by someone else, you could be entitled to compensation through a bicycle accident lawsuit or claim. However, taking legal action alone can be daunting and time-consuming. Turn to a Wisconsin bicycle accident lawyer from the Schwaba Law Firm for help pursuing the financial relief you deserve.

Andrew Schwaba is dedicated to helping injury victims move forward and rebuild their lives after devastating accidents. Don’t let an accident define your future. Contact Schwaba Law Firm today for a free consultation with an experienced bicycle injury attorney.

What Are the Wisconsin Bicycle Laws?

Despite numerous laws and regulations designed to protect bicyclists in Wisconsin, preventable bicycle crashes happen all too often, many of which are caused by motorists.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 60 percent of bicycle crashes involving adult cyclists result from motorist error, the most common of which involve drivers making left-hand turns into the paths of oncoming bicyclists. Meanwhile, children 5 to 14 account for over half of all bicycle injuries statewide, despite making up only 14 percent of the population.

Some general rules for riding bicycles on the road in Wisconsin include the following:

  • Cyclists must ride in a straight line at least 3 feet from the curb, parked vehicles, or debris in or on the curb.
  • Cyclists should always ride in the same direction as traffic.
  • Sidewalk riding is generally illegal unless the community has passed an ordinance specifically permitting it.
  • Cyclists should obey all traffic laws.

State laws are in place to protect bicyclists and other road users. Some of the relevant bicycling laws are as follows:

  • Two cyclists on a roadway may ride side by side as long as doing so does not impede the normal traffic flow. Cyclists riding two abreast on a road with two lanes or more should ride in a single lane.
  • Motorists should exercise due care when passing bicyclists, leaving at least 3 feet of clearance between themselves and cyclists. Bicyclists passing parked vehicles or those moving in the same direction should also be careful and maintain a distance of at least 3 feet from cars.
  • A cyclist riding at night must be on a bicycle equipped with a white front light that can be seen from at least 500 feet, or the cyclist must be wearing a lamp that meets these criteria. The bicycle must also have a red reflector or a lamp emitting a steady or flashing red light on the rear.

What to Do After a Bike Accident

After calling 911 and seeking medical treatment, you should take the following steps after a bike accident to protect yourself and your legal rights:

  • Exchange contact information with the driver and any eyewitnesses
  • Document the accident scene by taking photos and videos
  • Preserve evidence, such as your damaged bicycle and gear
  • Keep medical records and bills related to the bike accident
  • Consult an experienced Wisconsin bicycle accident attorney

Common Types of Injuries from Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists often suffer severe injuries from bike accidents because they have little protection from the impact. Some of the most common types of injuries from bicycle accidents include the following:

  • Head Injuries – Even with a helmet, a bicyclist hit by a car might suffer a concussion, skull fractures, or a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • Facial Injuries – A bicyclist who falls to the ground during a crash might suffer facial fractures, dental injuries, and soft tissue injuries.
  • Neck and Spinal Injuries – The sudden force from a bicycle accident can lead to whiplash, cervical fractures, and spinal cord injuries, including paralysis.
  • Upper Body Injuries – Injuries to the upper body are common in bicycle accidents, including broken collarbones, shoulder dislocations, and rib fractures.
  • Arm and Hand Injuries – A bicyclist who uses their arms to break their fall might suffer fractured wrists, hands, or fingers.
  • Lower Body Injuries – Bicyclists who are hit by motor vehicles are prone to pelvic fractures, hip fractures, and leg and knee injuries.
  • Road Rash – Contact with the road surface can lead to road rash, which can cause deep tissue damage and scarring.
  • Psychological Injuries – Victims of bicycle accidents often have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and emotional distress.

It’s important to note that the severity of injuries can vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the accident. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms or suspect an injury, as some injuries may not be immediately apparent.

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Wisconsin

Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents that Andrew Schwaba sees in the cases he handles include:

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Failure to Yield the Right-of-Way – Motorists often fail to yield to bicyclists at intersections or when making turns, leading to collisions.

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Distracted Driving – Drivers who are distracted by their phones, passengers, or other activities may not notice cyclists in their vicinity and could cause accidents.

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Dooring – When the occupant of a parked car opens their door without checking for approaching bicycles, the cyclist can hit their door and suffer injuries.

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Inadequate Bike Lanes – Limited or poorly designed bike lanes can expose cyclists to increased risks, especially on busy roads or intersections.

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Lack of Signage and Markings – Inadequate signage and road markings specifically for bicycles can lead to confusion and accidents.

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Potholes and Road Hazards – Uneven road surfaces, potholes, debris, or other hazards can cause bicyclists to lose control and crash.

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Insufficient Lighting – Dimly lit roads or areas without proper lighting make it difficult for both motorists and cyclists to see each other.

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Running Red Lights and Stop Signs – Bicyclists and motorists who fail to obey traffic signals and signs can cause serious accidents.

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Aggressive Driving – Aggressive maneuvers by drivers, such as tailgating or intentionally cutting off cyclists, can lead to accidents.

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Inclement Weather – Rain, fog, or snow can reduce visibility for both cyclists and motorists, increasing the risk of accidents.

Why You Need a Wisconsin Bicycle Accident Attorney

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If you were injured in a bike accident in Wisconsin and want to file a bicycle accident lawsuit or claim, you need an experienced advocate to handle the legal details while you focus on your health. A Wisconsin bicycle accident law firm can help you by:

  • Explaining the relevant laws and legal procedures specific to your case and answering your legal questions
  • Investigating the accident to gather crucial evidence and build a robust case
  • Determining who is liable for your injuries and losses and using evidence and expert testimony to establish fault
  • Calculating and pursuing the full extent of your losses, including past, present, and future crash-related costs
  • Negotiating with insurers to maximize your compensation
  • Communicating with insurance companies and other parties on your behalf
  • Advocating for you at trial should your case go to court

When you hire Andrew Schwaba, you’re getting an advocate who’s provided skilled, dedicated legal assistance to accident victims in the Northeast Wisconsin region since 2010. Andrew’s priority is to make his clients’ lives as whole as possible after a tragic accident derailed them, allowing them to focus on healing while he handles the legal aspects of their case.

Moreover, you’ll never be charged any fees unless Andrew recovers compensation for your bicycle accident case. This way, you pay nothing to get started.

Recoverable Compensation in a Wisconsin Bicycle Accident Lawsuit

In a bicycle accident lawsuit in Wisconsin, various types of compensation, also known as damages, may be available to the injured party. Some types of compensation that may be sought include the following:

  • Medical expenses, including coverage for past, current, and future medical bills related to the accident, including hospitalizations, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, and therapy
  • Lost wages and earning capacity if you lose income because you cannot work while healing from your injuries
  • Pain and suffering, which includes physical pain, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life experienced as a result of the accident and injuries
  • Rehabilitation and assistive devices, including physical therapy, crutches, wheelchairs, and prosthetics to aid in recovery and mobility
  • Property damage for the repair or replacement of the damaged bicycle and any other personal property that was damaged in the accident
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How Long Do I Have to File a Bicycle Accident Claim in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin has a deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit, called the statute of limitations. You have three years from the date of a personal injury, such as a bike accident, to file a claim against the at-fault party. If you fail to do so once the three-year statutory period lapses, the court won’t accept your claim, even if there’s merit to it.

It’s important to note that certain exceptions could alter the statute of limitations in some circumstances. To ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the statute of limitations for your particular bicycle accident case, you should consult an experienced personal injury attorney in Wisconsin.

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Get in Touch with a Wisconsin Bicycle Accident Attorney

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If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a bicycle crash someone else caused in Wisconsin, you might be entitled to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses. Schwaba Law Firm is committed to helping injury victims pursue the financial relief and justice they deserve after accidents.

You don’t have to face this challenging time alone. When you hire Andrew Schwaba, you won’t get backtalk or false promises. Instead, you get the peace of mind that comes from having an experienced advocate handling every detail of your case. Count on him to provide you with top-notch legal skills, a comprehensive case evaluation, and seasoned representation in negotiations or court proceedings.

Contact Schwaba Law Firm today for a free consultation with a Wisconsin bicycle accident lawyer.