MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

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If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you might be entitled to compensation. It is essential for injured riders, or loved ones acting on their behalf, to retain an attorney who has experience handling these types of claims. Illinois Accident Helpline will match you with a motorcycle accident lawyer committed to helping you recover maximum compensation following the crash.

Our affiliated motorcycle accident attorneys are familiar with the laws governing motorcycles and have extensive experience dealing with insurance companies. Motorcycle accident lawsuits fall under the category of personal injury, which is based on the theory of negligence. In other words, your attorney will prove that the opposing party was at fault because he or she failed to exercise a reasonable standard of care.

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If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you might be entitled to compensation. It is essential for injured riders, or loved ones acting on their behalf, to retain an attorney who has experience handling these types of claims. Illinois Accident Helpline will match you with a motorcycle accident lawyer committed to helping you recover maximum compensation following the crash.

Our affiliated motorcycle accident attorneys are familiar with the laws governing motorcycles and have extensive experience dealing with insurance companies. Motorcycle accident lawsuits fall under the category of personal injury, which is based on the theory of negligence. In other words, your attorney will prove that the opposing party was at fault because he or she failed to exercise a reasonable standard of care.

Find a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Near You

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

  1. Do not remove your helmet or gear. Your neck and spine need to stay protected. Wait for the paramedics.
  2. Report the accident to the police and obtain a copy of the report.
  3. Never admit fault. Many times, the exact cause of a motorcycle accident is unclear immediately following the crash. Collisions can be jarring, and you might not recall every detail until later on. Be careful what you say. Statements at accidents can have serious legal consequences down the road.
  4. Collect the contact information of witnesses. Obtain their addresses and phone numbers.
  5. Photograph the opposing party’s insurance card or obtain insurance information.
  6. Take photos of the scene from a variety of angles—document the motorcycle, other involved vehicles, and the surrounding environment.
  7. Preserve all evidence. Do not get rid of the bike. Do not throw away torn clothing or broken protective gear. Keep these items in the condition they were at the time of the accident.
  8. Photograph your injuries. Continue photographing your injuries during the healing process.
  9. Seek medical attention immediately. Severe injuries are not always easily identifiable. Motorcycle crashes yield the potential for organ damage or internal bleeding from the blunt force of the collision.
  10. Keep records of all medical providers and appointments. Keep a folder of your providers’ professional cards and discharge summaries.

If the motorcyclist was not at fault, they might seek damages from the negligent party. While motorcyclists are not covered by Personal Injury Protection insurance (PIP), they are also not bound by its restrictions.

Injured riders are not limited in the damages they may seek to compensate for their losses, including damages for pain and suffering. Motorcyclists do not have to pass an injury threshold to seek compensation for damages, including medical costs, lost wages, and mental anguish.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcyclists have little protection from the elements and other vehicles. Therefore, injuries sustained in an accident can be severe and life-threatening.

  • Bone fractures
  • Brain damage
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of limbs
  • Neck injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Severe head trauma
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Wrongful Death
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Wrongful Death in a Motorcycle Accident

If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may recover compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney within the Illinois Accident Helpline network can help you prove that the other driver’s negligence caused your loved one’s death.

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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can occur for several reasons, including driver negligence. Failure to yield and the inability to recognize motorcyclists in traffic are among the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Negligent acts that may cause an accident include the following:

  • Swerving in front of a cyclist
  • Cutting off motorcyclists at intersections
  • Failing to follow posted speed limits
  • Failing to yield when appropriate
  • Failing to leave sufficient room between the vehicles
  • Failure to see a motorcyclist changing or entering lanes
  • Neglecting to pay appropriate attention to other drivers
  • Driving under the influence

These crashes may also be caused by motor vehicle drivers who do not exercise proper care when making left-hand turns at intersections. Left-turn accidents are commonly caused by drivers who:

  • Misjudge the motorcyclist’s speed or distance
  • Fail to see the motorcyclist
  • Panic and stop in the motorcyclist’s path
  • Rely on the judgment of another driver, who also fails to see the motorcyclist

What Compensation Can Be Recovered?

Pain and Suffering
Because motorcyclists are not covered by PIP insurance, they may file a lawsuit to claim compensation for their pain and suffering after the accident.

Past and Future Medical Expenses
Victims could file to receive compensation for emergency visits, hospital care, surgery, and other medical expenses if the injuries were directly related to the accident.

Lost Wages
Motorcycle accident victims could claim compensation for wages they could have earned if the accidents didn’t occur. Victims can recover compensation for the time they had to be away from work to recover.

Mental Anguish
Victims and families may also seek compensation for the emotional pain they faced after the incident. Emotional suffering includes feelings of fright, embarrassment, nervousness, worry, and grief.

FIND OUT HOW MUCH YOUR CLAIM IS WORTH

Navigating the law to claim compensation can be confusing. Our professionals will guide you through the claims process and connect you with an attorney who can professionally analyze your case. It doesn’t cost you anything to know where you stand.

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FIND OUT HOW MUCH YOUR CLAIM IS WORTH

Navigating the law to claim compensation can be confusing. Our professionals will guide you through the claims process and connect you with an attorney who can professionally analyze your case. It doesn’t cost you anything to know where you stand.

Inquire Now