Friendship, WI (September 3, 2023) – A motorcyclist and his passenger were killed in an accident in Friendship on September 1. Police and paramedics responded to the scene of the collision that occurred Friday evening on Van Dyne Road. The victims were identified as Paul and Pam Delap, ages 58 and 56.
Reports show that the motorcycle and a vehicle collided on Van Dyne Road near Subway Road when a 17-year-old woman ran a stop sign on Subway. Both victims were ejected from the bike due to the collision. Paul Delap was pronounced deceased on-site by paramedics.
The driver of the vehicle was treated for minor injuries, according to information provided by local officials. Police believe inattentive driving was a factor in the collision.
Investigations into the circumstances and cause of the crash continue.
We want to offer our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased victims at this time.
Wisconsin Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle collisions in Wisconsin, like many other states, may cause bikers and their families significant consequences. Wisconsin sees more than 1,900 yearly motorcycle collisions. Of these accidents, around 80 people are killed yearly. Motorcycle accidents can take place for a variety of different reasons, including:
- Inclement weather: The state of Wisconsin experiences changes in season which usually come with adverse weather. These can consist of ice, rain, snow, and more, increasing the chances of accidents occurring.
- Inebriation: drunk/high driving is a problem throughout the country, not only in Wisconsin. Being impaired by drugs and/or alcohol while operating a motor vehicle is never smart, and may put several lives at risk. Drivers should remain sober, alert, and aware at all times in order to protect themselves and everyone around them.
- Helmets: In Wisconsin, no universal helmet law exists for riders. Those under 18 and those who possess an instructional permit must wear helmets, but others are not required to. Wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle is obviously extremely important and detrimental to your health and well-being.
- Inexperienced drivers: Drivers who are inexperienced, both motorists and motorcyclists, often cause traffic accidents. Sadly, some of these accidents end in injuries or fatalities.
- Driver negligence: Driver negligence is the leading cause of all types of motor vehicle accidents throughout the United States. On average, as reported by the NHTSA, over 93% of reported traffic collisions in the US are the result of driver negligence.
If you or someone you love have recently been injured in a motorcycle crash, you should contact a motorcycle crash attorney in Friendship who can help you recover. A lawyer can help you get the compensation you need to cover the costs related to your injuries, including medical care, vehicle repairs, wage loss, and more.
If the worst has happened, and someone you love has lost their life in a fatal motorcycle crash, a Friendship wrongful death lawyer can aid you in your financial recovery. You may be able to collect compensation for all of the aforementioned costs as well as funeral costs and other expenses. Call the law office of Zerbst & Kluck, S.C. to learn more about how our skilled attorneys can help you recover during this difficult time. Call our law office at (608) 471-5365 to learn more about your ability to financially recover with our assistance.
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