Filing an Elgin Motorcycle Accident Claim
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 were 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 cautioned to remain fully aware when riding their motorcycle in rural areas and congested urban environments and drive defensively at all times.
Recent Elgin Motorcycle Accidents
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers remind motorcycle riders and passengers that many bikers are involved in serious accidents every year in Northeast Illinois. In recent years, the two most devastating motorcycle accidents in the Elgin area involved:
- 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.
Common Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident
If you are the rider or passenger on a motorcycle and are struck by a vehicle, your likelihood of being seriously injured is three times greater than if you were riding in a car. In fact, your chances of being killed are 14 times greater being hit on a motorcycle than being in an automobile accident. Many common injuries involved in a motorcycle collision or crash involve:
- Severe head injury or brain 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 or drunk driver, by a motorist who cuts off the motorcyclist or is traveling 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 of the biker.
Hiring an Elgin Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers remind 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 cases are challenging to litigate in Illinois civil court. This is because 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, juries 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. The motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have useful, reliable tools for combating the negative stereotypes of motorcycle riders.
We handle these types of cases on contingency. Call our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free initial consultation.