To make a claim for injuries sustained in an Illinois motorcycle accident, you will need to provide evidence of your injuries to the claims adjuster and eventually to the trial jury. This is generally done by presenting medical records and bills as part of the settlement negotiation process. It is best to avoid settling quickly to ensure you get the financial benefit you are entitled to receive.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents victims of motorcycle accidents and other types of professional negligence. Our law firm has successfully resolved cases for our clients who were injured by negligent actions of others. Our attorneys are available to answer any legal questions about how to receive the monetary compensation you deserve. Should you have additional questions, we invite you to contact our office for a free review of your legal rights.
Maintaining Your Rights for Compensation
If the motorcycle accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, you might be entitled to receive financial compensation to recover for medical bills, lost wages, and other economic and noneconomic damages. However, the steps you take next could determine what you are able to recover.
If you have been injured, it is usually medically beneficial to see a doctor to ensure that there are no injuries that may be more severe. Some types of injuries, such as head trauma, back and neck injury, and even whiplash may not fully show their symptoms for days, weeks, or even longer. A comprehensive medical examination may uncover underlying injuries you need to be aware of before trying to settle your accident claim.
Bear in mind that once you settle the injury part of a motor vehicle accident case, you cannot have the case reopened. You have one opportunity to resolve your case with an insurance company or present your case to a jury. Regardless of the outcome, it is important to recognize that the window of opportunity for recovery is brief, and it is in your best interest to present the most favorable case possible including the full extent of your injuries.
Your attorney will also contact your insurance carrier and obtain a police report to identify how the case was reported and who the reporting police officer believes is at fault for causing the accident.
Common Motorcycle Crash Injuries
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have handled many cases for our clients who were injured or killed in a motorcycle crash. In some cases, our clients were unaware they were injured until after they had visited the emergency room and undergone extensive tests and examinations. Most motorcycle accident cases involve severe injuries to the victims including:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) – Motorcyclists involved in crashes that wear helmets can suffer serious head trauma and those without helmets can experience life-altering traumatic brain injuries. Any crack or damage to the skull can result in a concussion or life-threatening brain injury that will require immediate medical attention. Nearly all TBIs also involved neck injuries that can partially or completely paralyze the victim.
- Severe Road Rash – Even a short slide across asphalt, pavement or concrete during a motorcycle crash can lead to severe road rash, where exposed skin is removed from the arms, leg, back, head and hands. Victims wearing thin clothing during a motorcycle accident can suffer road rash and other injuries including bruises, scrapes, and cuts that produce permanent damage to the skin. Many road rash victims are exposed to infection, permanent nerve damage, and skin irritations that require ongoing treatment including strong antibiotics.
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCIs) – Even minimal damage can cause a permanent injury to the spinal column that can lead to complete or partial paralysis. Nearly all victims with a spinal cord injury require full-time care and hygiene support for the remainder of their lives. Usually, the lifetime costs in providing ongoing treatment can be insurmountable if the victim requires ongoing assistance, additional surgeries, and access to durable medical equipment to maximize their life experience during daily activities.
- Muscle and Tissue Damage – Catastrophic motorcycle accidents often result in permanent muscle and tissue damage.
- Broken Bones – Without the protection of a vehicle surrounding the victim, motorcycle riders will often instinctively reach out in front of themselves to lessen impact when crashing to the ground. However, this movement can break or shatter bones in the hands, fingers, arms, shoulders or lower extremities.
- Severe Leg Injuries – Laying the bike down during a motorcycle crash can result in severe leg injuries where the skin is ripped away from the bone, which may also be fractured or broken.
- Disfigurement – Many motorcycle victims suffer permanent disfigurement to their face, neck, shoulders, arms, chest, back and lower extremities. Disfigurement is often the result of lacerations, burns, or broken bones that leave scars. Other bikers experience amputated limbs. Disfigurement injuries can lead to depression.
- Wrongful Death – Many motorcycle riders have been killed in accidents that were not their fault. Some victims have died at the accident scene while others succumb to their injuries in the emergency room or months after the crash.
Timing can be Everything When it Comes to Statements in Auto Cases
Most statements are obtained in the days and weeks following a crash. While it may seem like a good idea to get information while an incident is fresh in your head, these statements may be taken at an inopportune time when you may not be completely focused on the questions being presented to you or may be distracted by pain related to an injury that you've sustained in an accident.
Similarly, when it comes to questions concerning your injuries, you may not be aware of the full extent of your injuries in the days following a collision. Superficial or soft-tissue injuries which may be causing you extreme pain may be masking more significant orthopedic injuries that have yet to be diagnosed.
If a statement is taken and you fail to mention an injury or simply downplay the significance of it, it may come back to haunt you during a deposition or at trail.
As attorneys who have represented thousands of people injured in car, truck, motorcycle and bicycle accident cases across Illinois, we strongly discourage people injured in accidents from voluntarily giving statements to insurance companies. They tend to do more harm than good when it comes to resolving cases for full and fair value.
If you are contacted by an insurance adjuster and asked to give a statement, we would urge you to consider refraining from doing so until you have had an opportunity to discuss your case with an attorney who can advise you if its significance.
The Most Common Types of Motorcycle Crashes
In many cases, the other driver never saw the motorcycle sharing the roadway. The most common types of crashes involving other vehicles and motorcycles include: blind spot collisions; lane sharing accidents; lane splitting collisions; rear end crashes; failure to yield crashes; accidents occurring in intersections; and motorcycles taking a curve while traveling too fast.
Do You Need Help Recovering Compensation for Injuries and Medical Expenses Related to an Illinois Motorcycle Accident?
If you have questions about your injuries or medical care related to an Illinois motorcycle accident, we invite you to contact our office for a free case evaluation. Our law firm has successfully obtained millions on behalf of the victims and their family members to ensure they were adequately compensated to cover their medical expenses, household bills, lost wages, loss of future earnings, pain, suffering and emotional damage and we can help your family too.
The motorcycle accident injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understand that the accident was not your fault but was caused by the negligent actions of others. Our law firm has successfully obtained millions on behalf of the victims and their family members to ensure they were adequately compensated to cover their medical expenses, household bills, lost wages, loss of future earnings, pain, suffering, and emotional damage and we can help your family too.
Our law firm encourages you to contact our attorneys today to schedule a no-obligation case consultation to discuss the merits of your monetary recovery claim at no charge to you or your family. We accept all personal injury cases, wrongful death lawsuits, and motorcycle crash injury claims through contingency fee arrangements. This legal contract postpones the payment of legal services until after we have successfully completed your case through a negotiated settlement or a jury verdict.
Our law firm gets results quickly because we understand you need money now. We proudly offer every client a “No Win/No-Fee” Guarantee, meaning if we are unable to secure financial compensation on your behalf you owe us nothing. All information you share with our law office will stay confidential.
For additional information see the following pages:
- Do I Have Any Recourse For Injuries Sustained In An Illinois Hit and Run?
- Do I Have To Answer The Insurance Adjuster?
- Do I Need An Attorney To Settle My Illinois Motorcycle Accident Case Or Should I Try To Do It Myself?
- How Much Will It Cost Me To Get A Lawyer To Represent Me In My Illinois Motorcycle Accident Case?
- I Was Found “At Fault” In The Police Report That Was Filed. Does This Mean I Do Not Have A Chance In Filing An Injury Motorcycle Accident Case?
- If I Am Not Able To Go Back To Work Right Away After My Chicago Motorcycle Accident, Will I Be Reimbursed For My Lost Income?
- Is There A Time Limit In Illinois on How Long After A Motorcycle Accident That A Lawsuit Can Be Filed?