Motorcycle Fatalities Continue to Rise in the Summer

With the final month of summer approaching, the amount of motorcycle accidents Wisconsin receives per week does not appear to be slowing down. Earlier this year, Today’s TMJ4 reported that a motorcycle crashes every four hours on Wisconsin roadways during the warm months. Their statistics show that there is an average of 75 deaths per year from these crashes.

Unfortunately, last week shows that the state will likely be close to the average again this year. In the last seven days alone, there were at least three reported motorcycle fatalities covered in the news that were a result of negligence and a lack of safety precautions.

Problems with pickup trucks

Two of the three fatalities are from crashes involving pickup trucks. On Thursday, July 26, a pickup truck struck a biker on Industrial Drive in Iowa County. The truck driver was trying to turn left onto the eastbound ramp of Highway 18-151 when he hit the biker. The crash threw the biker off his motorcycle and into a nearby fire hydrant, resulting in his death.

Four days later on Monday, July 30, there was another motorcycle vs pickup truck crash in Richland County. In this scenario, a pickup truck driver began turning their vehicle to go left on an intersection between Highway 56 and Country Road A, but a biker that just made it to the top of the hill fatally crashed into the front of the truck. The motorcycle continued without the driver into a ditch. In both of these crashes, the pickup truck drivers did not receive any injuries.

One slip up with serious consequences

Not all motorcycle fatalities are the result of another driver. On Friday, July 27, a biker crashed in the town of Jefferson when his bike went off the road and hit a tree. The Vernon County Sheriff’s Department notes that he was not wearing a helmet.

These accidents show that many drivers and bikers are not taking enough considerations when it comes to road safety. Bikers should wear helmets for additional protection and watch their speed and distance from the other vehicles, and drivers should give proper turn signals while keeping a close eye on the road for any smaller vehicles near them. Failing to apply these safety precautions can result in property damage, fatalities and traffic holdups on Wisconsin roads.

If you were the victim of driver negligence from a biker or a driver, then you should consider filing a claim to get damage and injury compensation from any consequences received from the accident.


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