Elgin Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Many weekend motorcyclists enjoy riding their bikes on one of Illinois' most scenic roadways traveling out of the Chicagoland area. The route takes motorcycle riders from Elmhurst through Elgin heading north on Northern Illinois Route 20 to Illinois Route 14 before ending at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The biker and passenger travel through some of the lowest congested roadways along the most picturesque countryside in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.
The beautiful scenic countryside path passes through Hampshire and Union, where bikers and passengers can visit the Railway Museum and Wild West Town. Two-wheeled travelers have access to limited roadside amenities that are mostly truck stops, filling stations, and stores in numerous small communities along the way, including Harvard and Marengo.
Overall, the quality of riding on the Northwest Illinois Route 20 scenic path is pleasurable with well-maintained roadways and numerous sweeping curves. However, bikers are always cautioned to remain fully aware when riding their motorcycle in rural areas and congested urban environments and drive defensively.
Recent Elgin Motorcycle Accidents
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC reminds motorcycle riders and passengers that many bikers are involved in serious accidents every year in Northeast Illinois. In recent years, the three most devastating motorcycle accidents in the Elgin area involved:
- In July 2020, an elderly couple from Elgin lost their lives in a motorcycle accident after being hit by a passenger vehicle from the rear on an early Thursday morning in Kershaw County. The motorcycle rider died from his injuries after being transported to the local hospital. His elderly wife died later that day after being airlifted to Prisma Health Richland. She had been thrown from the bike during the collision.
- In September 2014, a rider on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle rear-ended an SUV while traveling on Bowes Street in Elgin. The 36-year-old biker was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Presence, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Witnesses say that the bike was traveling at an excessive speed.
- In June 2015, a 27-year veteran Elgin police officer lost his life in a freak motorcycle accident after hitting a deer. The off-duty officer James Wilson struck the animal while he was riding his personal Harley-Davidson.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 5170 motorcyclists died in the United States in 2017 in roadway accidents. According to the federal agency, bikers were more than twenty-five times likelier to die in a crash than a passenger in the car, SUV, or truck.
Statistics show that motorcyclists are more likely to be killed in car crashes between noon and 9:00 PM, especially on weekdays.
Common Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident
If you are the rider or passenger on a motorcycle and are struck by a car or truck driver, your likelihood of being seriously injured is three times greater than if you were riding in a car.
Your chances of being killed are fourteen times greater being hit on a motorcycle than being in a motor vehicle accident. Many common injuries involved in a motorcycle collision or crash involve:
- Severe brain injury or head trauma
- Soft tissue injuries including lacerations, cuts, bruises, and scars
- Fractures and broken bones
- Back or neck injuries
- Wrongful death
Nearly every type of motorcycle accident is a result of a distracted, drunk, or negligent driver. In many accidents, a motorist will cut off the motorcyclist or travel at too fast to speed to see the biker. Other serious or fatal motorcycle accidents involve drivers running a red light or quickly changing lanes without yielding the right of way to the biker. Surviving family members who lost a loved and in a motorcycle crash have a legal right to seek financial compensation.
You Have Legal Rights
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC reminds you that if you have suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you likely have the legal right to receive fair and full compensation for your damages.
However, these personal injury cases are challenging to litigate in Illinois civil court. Motorcycle crashes are frequently viewed and nearly always treated differently than almost any other type of vehicle accident involving trucks, cars, bicycles, and pedestrians.
Often, trial jurors and claims adjusters have an unfair bias against the motorcycle rider who is often painted as being dangerous or reckless. Because of that, many motorcycle victims will hire our reputable law firm that specializes in these types of cases to ensure justice is served.
Hiring an Elgin Motorcycle Accident Attorney
A Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer from Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have useful, reliable tools for combating the negative stereotypes of motorcycle riders. If you or a loved one are an accident victim in an auto or motorcycle crash, contact our personal injury attorneys today. All necessary paperwork and documents must be filed in the proper county courthouse before the statute of limitations expires.
Contact us today! Our personal injury law firm handles these types of cases on a contingency agreement. This arrangement ensures that you receive legal representation without paying an upfront fee. If we are unable to resolve your personal injury claim for financial compensation against the insurance company, you owe us nothing. Call our law offices at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no-obligation, free case evaluation.