Were you or a loved one involved in a motorcycle crash in Chicago and need an attorney?
Chicago motorcycle accidents are complicated cases to litigate. Many questions arise that must be answered. Who was responsible for the accident? Who will pay to repair your motorcycle? Who will cover your medical bills and expenses? Don’t let these complex questions frighten you! We are here to help you through as we work to get you the compensation you deserve.
Over 130 motorcyclists die from Illinois motorcycle accidents every year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you have been in a motorcycle crash, you likely have significant injuries and damage to your bike. You may require significant time off work while you heal and you may incur huge medical bills. We want to help make you whole again after you crash. We will work by your side and represent you to the insurance company. We know all about their negotiation tactics, and we can often help you achieve a strong settlement without going to court. If the case does go to court, we will stand by your side and help you get the money you deserve for your injuries and damages.
How can a lawyer help after a motorcycle accident?
After suffering an injury in a motor vehicle accident, you need all the help you can get from a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer. You need the medical care that will help you get better. You need a way to pay for all the astronomical bills for that care. You need to support yourself and your family while you remain out of work recovering from your injury. And you want to get back on your bike.
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you with all of these things. When you hire a lawyer, you will have an ally and advocate whose job is to get you the compensation you need and deserve after an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Your lawyer will work tirelessly on your behalf to put you in a position to obtain the maximum amount of compensation available for your injuries and losses.
From negotiating with insurance companies to assisting you with obtaining care and treatment to simply being available to answer any questions or address any concerns you have along the way, a good motorcycle accident attorney will focus on you while you focus on getting back on your feet and back on the road. We frequently see riders make mistakes after a motorcycle accident and have to live with the consequences.
There are six types of motorcycle insurance coverage that every motorcycle rider should have.
Alarming motorcycle accident stats in Chicago, Illinois
Here are some important statistics according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT):
- Crashes involving motorcycles accounted for less than 1% of total crashes
- Motorcyclists accounted for 12.1% of fatal crashes
- The majority of motorcycle accidents (1,638) involved motorcycles going straight ahead (implying that the driver of the automobile was at fault for the accident)
- 119 motorcyclists were killed in crashes, the majority of which were 45 years old or older
- 37.6% of the fatalities tested positive for alcohol in their system
- 2266 motorcyclists were injured in crashes in 2018
How do I know if I need a lawyer after a motorcycle accident?
If you were in a motorcycle accident and suffered any type of injury, no matter how minor it may seem, you need to meet with a lawyer to see if you need to file a personal injury claim. Not contacting a lawyer means not knowing whether you have a claim for compensation. It means potentially leaving thousands of dollars on the table that you could use to pay medical bills, make up for lost earnings, repair your bike or buy a new one, and compensate you for the pain, disruption, and upheaval your injuries have caused.
Meeting with a lawyer does not necessarily mean that you will hire that lawyer, have a viable claim, or file a personal injury lawsuit. But since an initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer is almost always free, there is no downside to picking up the phone or sending an email to set up that first meeting. On the other hand, not contacting a motorcycle accident attorney and learning whether you have the opportunity to obtain substantial compensation could cost you a lot.
How much can you sue for? Can you sue for pain and suffering?
How much your motorcycle accident claim is worth depends on the nature and extent of your injuries and losses. Typically, motorcycle accident victims injured in an accident caused by another person’s negligence or reckless conduct can recover damages to compensate them for “economic damages” as well as “non-economic damages.”
Economic damages are the types of losses that can you can calculate through bills, invoices, and paystubs, like medical and rehabilitation expenses, lost wages and the loss of future earnings, and property damage, including the cost of repairing or replacing your motorcycle.
“Non-economic damages” are no less real and impactful than economic ones, but can be more difficult to quantify because they relate to subjective losses like pain and suffering, mental anguish, or the loss of quality of life. Your motorcycle accident attorney can assemble evidence and present testimony that shows how your pain, suffering, and other physical and psychological issues limit your abilities and activities, and how your injuries affect your ability to enjoy life as you did before your accident.
What are the most common major motorcycle accident injuries?
Unlike car and truck drivers, who are protected by their vehicle, seat belts, airbags, and other safety systems, motorcycle riders are exposed and vulnerable. When a biker makes an impact with another vehicle or loses control of their motorcycle, they are prone to being thrown from their bike and violently striking the ground, or even wrongful death. This further compounds the likelihood of a serious injury or death – even if they are wearing a helmet or protective gear.
Some of the most common types of injuries in motorcycle accidents include:
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Eye injuries
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
Dedicated, driven Chicago motorcycle accident attorney
We prepare every single case as if the case is going to trial. No shortcuts will be taken. Our representation will be aggressive, modern, and thorough. We will handle your matter wherever it occurred in Illinois. To contact our office regarding your Chicago motorcycle accident, click here or call us today at 312-848-9783. Remember that we work on a contingency basis, so there will be no charges unless we help you recover. Call for a free consultation today.
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