Summertime in the Midwest is a prime time for motorcycle enthusiasts to participate in cross country motorcycle rides and rallies. Since Wisconsin residents enjoy only a limited amount of seasonable riding weather during the year, it is no surprise that Wisconsin is the home to many summer motorcycle events and rallies across the state. For example, the Gold Wing Road Riders Association recently hosted a rally in Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, complete with three jam-packed days of fun events. Rallies surely provide motorcyclists with fun and entertainment; however, events like these can be a breeding ground for motorcycle accidents.
In fact, in 2012 the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WDOT) released a Motorcycle Safety Facts Report showing that the majority of motorcycle accidents occurred on Saturdays and Sundays and the number one contributing factor was alcohol. Interestingly, the majority of accidents occurred during the daylight hours and when the weather was clear. Thus, it is imperative that traveling motorcyclists adhere to motorcycle safety measures while sharing the road with other vehicles.
Wisconsin’s Motorcycle Safety Program
Fortunately, the WDOT also reported a decrease in motorcycle-related accidents in 2013, with only 84 deaths. The main reason for this decline is likely attributed to Wisconsin’s Motorcycle Safety Program. In an effort to reduce motorcycle-related deaths and injuries, Wisconsin has implemented several motorcycle safety classes and rider training programs. Wisconsin now offers several online safety classes as well as motorcycle training sites across the state.
In addition, the state offers a plethora of motorcycle safety brochures to inform motorcyclists how to remain safe on their bike, and includes tips on appropriate riding gear and roads that may be dangerous. These efforts are also a part of WDOT’s “Zero in Wisconsin” campaign to help reduce the number of traffic-related deaths in Wisconsin to zero. Another way to ensure motorcycle safety is to follow Wisconsin motorcycle laws currently in place.
Motorcycle Safety in Wisconsin
Laws related to the operation of a motorcycle are stated in relevant Wisconsin statute. For example, although encouraged, wearing a helmet is not required under Wisconsin law unless a motorcyclist is under the age of 18 years old or is driving the motorcycle with a permit. However, a motorcyclist is required to wear adequate eye protection when operating a motorcycle on a highway. In addition, motorcyclists are entitled to have their full traffic lane and a vehicle should not deprive a motorcyclist of that right.
Although remaining safe on the road can help reduce motorcycle-related injuries and deaths, accidents can occur. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries from a motorcycle accident in the Green Bay area, contact one of our experienced Green Bay motorcycle accident lawyers at [[title]] We can help you receive the compensation you deserve.