Chicago Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

In the event of a motorcycle crash, a rider is at an increased risk of sustaining a serious injury. Motorcycle accidents are typically caused by negligent drivers in passenger vehicles, low visibility, or inclement weather conditions. Victims of these accidents face injuries such as loss of limb, traumatic brain injuries, broken and fractured bones, injuries to the neck and spinal cord, and other head injuries.

Recovery from a motorcycle crash can take months, years, or a lifetime. Victims can easily acquire permanent or temporary disability, leading to a reduced working capacity or inability to work. The significant cost of treatment, combined with reduced income from missed work, leaves motorcycle accident victims facing financial hardship. Filing a personal injury claim against negligent parties may help victims recover economic and non-economic damages to stay afloat.

If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident in Illinois, call the Law Office of Kenneth A. Fishman at 312-346-8990 for a free consultation. We work on a contingent fee basis, so you don’t pay unless you win.

Top Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

Motorcycle accidents, like other traffic crashes, can result from a variety of circumstances. The most common causes of motorcycle crashes include:

  • Unsafe lane changes/ lane splitting
  • Open car doors and sudden stops causing impact
  • Speeding
  • Impaired driving or inexperienced driving
  • Motorcycle defects
  • Unsafe road conditions

Safety behaviors on the rider’s part can help reduce the risk of these types of accidents.

Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents in Illinois

Motorcycle accidents cause a much higher incidence of death and injury per accident than car accidents. If you are involved in a traffic crash and are on a motorcycle, you are 3 times more likely to be injured and 14 times more likely to be killed than occupants of passenger vehicles. Helmet laws, enacted in many states, are helping to reduce these numbers. However, motorcyclists still are at greater risk of death or injury than those in passenger vehicles.

Individuals can take extra precautions when riding a motorcycle to improve safety conditions. Safety steps a rider can take include:

  • Wearing a helmet and requiring passengers to do so
  • Obeying the traffic laws, especially in regard to speeding, passing, and following too closely
  • Increasing visibility, such as riding with the headlight on at all times and wearing reflective clothing after dark
  • Being sure you are able to control the motorcycle while carrying a passenger and insisting that the passenger obey your directions
  • Road hazards have a much greater effect on a small two-wheel vehicle, so watching for bumps, cracks in the road, loose gravel or any other condition that might cause a driver to lose control.

Filing an Illinois Motorcycle Accident Claim

Filing an accident claim with a Chicago personal injury lawyer can help injured Illinois crash victims successfully recover damages. Compensation can mean the difference between stability and financial hardship for accident victims. Compensation for initial and long-term medical treatment, lost wages and lost future wages, medical equipment and prescriptions, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life can be recovered. In addition, wrongful death lawsuits can be filed by dependents of decedents on behalf of victims. In situations involving excessive negligence, punitive damages can be sought after to punish defendants. Keeping a record of medical treatment records, documentation of injuries, accident reports, and costs associated with the accident can help claimants recover maximum damages.

If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call the Law Office of Kenneth A. Fishman, P.C. at 1-312-346-8990 or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.

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