The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) counts roughly ten motorcycle accidents each day in this state. Of these accidents, almost 99 percent (3,465 out of 3,504) caused injuries or fatalities. On average, one motorcycle rider loses their life in Illinois three days out of every week, and over a quarter of motorcycle accidents result in an incapacitating injury or death.
While they travel on the same roads using a motor and a driver, motorcycles differ significantly from other vehicle types. For example, their center of gravity is different, they do not provide the same protection, such as airbags, seatbelts, or crumple zones, and they are less stable on different surfaces. Motorcycles are also more challenging for drivers to visualize than other vehicles, and often, other drivers do not drive safely around them.
The most common causes of motorcycle accidents in the Chicago area include:
Motorcyclists should always be on the lookout for these potential problems. If one suffers a road hazard accident injury, who or what entity might be liable for their injuries will be determined by negligence laws.
Some road hazards exist because of another party’s negligence.
Here are some frequent examples of road hazards caused by other’s negligence:
In these circumstances, the highway department or a local government entity should be legally responsible for the motorcycle accident. In other words, they should be liable for your injuries. Since these entities must mark dangers and repair poor road conditions, they can be responsible for compensating the injured individual.
With the help of reputable Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers, you can receive money for your medical expenses, pain, and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages.
Although Illinois does not legally require all motorcyclists to wear helmets, it is always best if you do. Not only does wearing one protect your head, but it may also increase the compensation you receive if you suffer an injury due to another driver’s negligence. However, just because you didn’t wear a helmet doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve compensation for your damages after an accident.
Whether or not they wore a helmet when their accident occurred, anyone injured in a motorcycle accident should meet with knowledgeable Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers to determine their rights.
You pursue an injury claim to recover compensation for your damages stemming from the accident. By hiring a Chicago motorcycle accident attorney to represent your claim, you can receive two to three times more compensation than if you did not have legal representation. Your damages usually fall into two categories: general or non-economic and special or economic.
General damages have no assigned economic value and, as such, are subjective.
They represent compensation for things such as:
Special damages represent your financial losses due to the car accident. Unlike general damages, they are inherently quantifiable.
They can include:
In Illinois, the statute of limitations is in most cases two years from the incident that caused your injury. Some circumstances will give you far less time to take action.
If you do not file within this time, the court will invalidate your claim. To file your case within the statute of limitations, hire our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers as soon as possible after sustaining your injury.
Contacting our lawyers sooner rather than later helps us file your case before the statute of limitations expires. It also ensures that we collect evidence promptly. The more time that goes by, the bigger the risk that evidence can disappear.
Motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than driving a passenger vehicle because the rider has more exposure in the event of an accident. For example, those driving or riding in a vehicle have at least a 4,000-pound vehicle with airbags, seatbelts, and other safety features protecting them. At best, a motorcyclist wears a helmet and some other protective gear.
As such, nearly 80 percent of motorcycle riders who have an accident incur injuries, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
A motorcycle exposes a rider to worse injuries than other vehicles. Some motorcycle injuries will take months, if not years, to heal and cost tens of thousands of dollars or more.
Common injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident include:
Traumatic brain injuries are among the most severe injuries a motorcyclist can sustain in an accident and may require a long recovery. If not treated immediately or appropriately, they can be fatal.
Spinal cord injury victims can have various degrees of paralysis that require hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical care in the first year alone. Victims can suffer from numbness, nerve pain, difficulty breathing, and problems with motor function.
Most motorcyclists who fly from their bikes can experience road rash injuries if they slide across the pavement. Road rash can cause severe skin damage and disfigurement. In addition, victims must undergo skin grafts and reconstructive surgery if there is damage to the deepest skin layers.
Several different types of injuries can result in disfigurement and scarring, such as burns, amputations, and severe road rash. Injured individuals might experience low self-esteem and depression. The reconstructive surgery and therapies they need to heal can be expensive.
The impact and forces motorcyclists undergo when thrown from their bike frequently cause internal organ damage such as liver damage and internal bleeding. Severe and life-threatening complications can follow. Common injuries include pneumothorax, aorta aneurysms, ruptured spleens, and internal bleeding
When someone falls from their motorcycle in an accident, their bones can shatter beyond repair. Multiple surgeries and months of missed work may follow. Severe fractures may require an amputation of an extremity.
Motorcycle accidents are traumatic events that can cause PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Those suffering from these injuries might need compensation to pay for therapies, medications, and emotional pain and suffering. A skilled Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer can help them recover compensation from the at-fault party.
When an accident happens due to the poor choices of other drivers, hire our skilled Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers to seek the compensation you need to continue with your life.
When you think of road rash, you might think of a superficial but painful skin abrasion that occurs when skin slides along the road surface, especially on hard surfaces like asphalt and concrete. A surface with a lot of debris like loose rocks, broken glass, or rock salt can increase the severity and problems with road rash.
Road rash can happen alone or in tandem with other injuries, such as fractures and head or spinal column injuries. Road rash can cause enormous pain and even kill.
The majority of motorcycle accident cases will settle before going to trial. Instead of going before a judge or a jury to determine how much the case is worth, your Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys and the attorney for the at-fault party will negotiate a settlement.
Settlements should account for all of the injured party’s damages, such as medical bills, lost income, the need for future medical care, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. These negotiations also consider the amount of auto insurance available and other relevant factors.
A settlement is often preferable to a trial as it usually ends the case quicker and is not as risky for both parties. If you agree to a settlement, you will receive the agreed-upon amount and sign a document stating that you will not sue again for the same accident.
Each case has different damages and different strengths and weaknesses. When you meet with a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer at Midwest Injury Lawyers, they can explain the value of your claim.
However, here are some of the critical aspects which can contribute to the value of your claim:
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Sadly, motorcycle accident victims cannot and should not rely on the other driver’s insurance company for fair compensation. Insurance companies usually only care about how much money they can keep in their pockets instead of doing the right thing. Motorcycle accident victims and their families should hire an attorney who passionately advocates for their interests and rights. Reach out to a Chicago personal injury lawyer.
At Midwest Injury Lawyers, our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers recover damages so motorcycle accident victims can get back on their feet. We take the time to understand your concerns and explain what you can expect in the process of your case. Hundreds of injured victims and their families have trusted us with their claims, and in return, we have obtained over $50 million in financial recovery for them.
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