Full disclosure. I asked my assistant who is an avid motorcycle rider to contribute to this. She goes across country on her bike every summer and has taught me a lot that is relevant to helping people injured in a motorcycle accident in Illinois. If you would like a free consultation, please call us at 312-346-5320.
If you ask a group of motorcyclists why they ride, you would get a variety of answers. Some love to ride for the speed, others the camaraderie and others say they just love the freedom of the open road. Motorcycling is a popular and favored pastime however, motorcycling riding is not without its risks.
Although they do not occur as frequently as car accidents, it should no surprise that motorcycles are more dangerous than a passenger car. Motorcyclists are generally more exposed to serious life-threatening injuries. The number of fatalities and serious injuries in motorcycle accidents close to double when compared to passenger vehicle accidents.
With little protection from the force of an impact, bikers and their passengers may sustain life changing injuries including brain injuries, spinal cord injury, broken bones, amputated limbs, lacerations, road rash or even death. Even accidents at low speeds can be the cause of these life altering or ending injuries. Motorcycle accident cases range from hit and runs, rear-end crashes, failure to yield, limited visibility collisions, stop sign accidents, left hand turns, lane splitting and more. Not all motorcycle accidents end in death yet, these accidents cause deaths thirty times more than other motor crashes.
In 2008, in the U.S. alone, over 100,000 motorcyclists were injured in traffic accidents. An additional 5,000 were killed. Motorcycle crashes are dangerous and devastating. And motorcyclists routinely get blamed for accidents they did not cause. Additional studies have demonstrated that in a vast majority of motorcycle crashes, the driver of the passenger car is either at fault or at more at fault than the motorcyclists. Despite continuous studies and statistics, insurance companies are quick to point the finger at the motorcyclists.
Managing the aftermath of an accident can be difficult, especially when you have better things to worry about like your recovery. But keep in mind in Illinois you usually have two years to file a lawsuit against an at-fault driver if you are hurt in a motorcycle accident and in some cases it’s just one year.
Motorcycle accidents with injuries are considered personal injury cases and the attorney you choose to represent you in an accident can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. From injuries, lost wages, medical bills, permanent disabilities, rehabilitation and more motorcycle accidents can be costly. And every case is different. The length of the case and the time that it takes to settle all depend on the severity of the injury, the amount of treatment needed and the type of recovery that the person has.
Hospitals, medical providers, and insurance companies fight to make a profit from one of the worst days of your life. Without the right lawyer on your side your fight can only be harder. If you have any questions or want our help in finding an experienced, tough motorcycle injury lawyer who will fight for you, call us at any time.