Motorcycle accidents can be scary, largely because drivers and passengers don’t have the same level of protection that is afforded by an enclosed vehicle. But the law treats motorcyclists no differently than other drivers, and everyone must respect the same rules of the road. Like any driver, if a motorcycle driver or passenger is injured due to someone else’s negligence, he or she might be entitled to compensation.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were almost 2,000 people injured in motorcycle accidents in 2013. There were also 83 deaths (including both motorcycle drivers and passengers). Other significant motorcycle accident statistics in Wisconsin include:
There are several important things to know before filing a personal injury lawsuit after a motorcycle accident, namely who can bring the lawsuit and when?
Who May Bring a Personal Injury Lawsuit for a Motorcycle Accident?
The authority to bring any kind of lawsuit is called “standing.” When your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you have standing to bring a personal injury lawsuit against that person. However, the injured party is not the only party who might have standing to sue. Other people who might have standing include:
Injured parties typically have three years from the date of the accident to file their personal injury lawsuit, unless they are a minor or the accident involves a municipal entity. If a city or county is involved then you only have 120 days to notify the municipality of your injuries.
Be sure to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that your lawsuit is filed on time and complies with all applicable rules and procedures.
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The motorcycle accident attorneys at Bye, Goff & Rohde understand that motorcycle injuries can have a long-term impact on your health and finances. With 40 years of experience, we know how to build an effective personal injury case. Contact us today for a free consultation.