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Interesting Wisconsin Law – Biking Without a Seat June 2, 2010

Posted by Andrew Christman in FAQ Personal Injury, Personal Injury Law, Wisconsin Auto Accidents.
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Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 346, Rules of the Road, has an interesting section buried within all the rules regulating the operation of both cars and bikes on the road.  According to Wisconsin Statute 346.79(1) it is illegal in the state to ride a bike that does not have a seat.  Those danger seekers who choose to violate the law should be aware that people who violate this bike law can face a fine of up to $20.

If you have any questions regarding a bike accident or any other personal injury questions, feel free to contact Groth Law Firm, S.C. Groth Law Firm, S.C. has offices to meet with clients in Brookfield, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Marinette.

Bikes: That What I’m reading About Today October 21, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Motorcycle Collisions.
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On any given day I bet no one would guess what I’m reading.  Some days it is medical records about a cervical fracture.  On other days it is a study about drunk drivers.  Well, today I was reading a publication from the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin entitled, “Bike Sense, The Wisconsin Bicycle Operator’s Manual.”  

I’m looking for some information specific to a recent bicycle vs. car collision.   Much of the information you probably remember from driver’s ed.  For example, bicycles should drive with traffic.  It’s safer.  

What I was looking for and found was this passage:

You may pass on the right if it is safe to do so. It is safe only if you can maintain at least three feet clearance from both stopped and moving vehicles. When passing, be sure to check for drivers positioning themselves to make a right turn. Motorists may not signal their turns and often do not expect you to be to their right. This is a common cause of crashes.

A recent client was told that he was partially at fault simply because he passed a stopped car on the right. Now, the police report gives the opinion that my client was partially at fault even though there isn’t a basis for it in the law. 

If you get a chance, read the bicycle manual.  It’s always good to get a refresher on bike safety.  Especially, nowadays when more people are avoiding high gas prices and getting back on their bicycles.


 Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Kansasville, Marinette, Milton and Wauwatosa.

Look To Your Right/Left…Twice…One More Time! May 15, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury.
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Bicycling and running in Wisconsin.  Gotta love it.   Today is one of those days.  Not too hot and not too cool.  Some cloud cover so you won’t overheat or get sun burned.  It is the time of year when we (runners and bicyclists) emerge from our houses.

This brings me to an article I just read in the Sheboygan Press.  I practice personal injury law across Wisconsin so I try to read more newspapers than average John.  Anyway, a cyclist in Ledgeview was hit by a driver who didn’t look before he drove.  The cyclist is in the hospital in Brown County (St. Vincent).   

Sometimes maybe drivers forget about bicyclists and runners because of our long winters.  Let this article be a reminder to look to your left, right and all around keeping a special eye out for bicyclists and runners on the road. 

I’ll be running this week.  I appreciate your help to keep us safe.


Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Wauwatosa, West Allis, Wausaukee and Milton.