Failure to Yield Motorcycle Accident Lawyers for People Injured in Chicago
Motorcyclists have the same rights on the road as other vehicles and are protected by the same laws. However, whether it is due to low visibility or just distraction on the part of other drivers, many times, the larger vehicles on the road fail to yield to motorcycles and cause accidents involving serious injuries.
Over the past decade, motorcycle accidents resulted in over 34,000 rider deaths and 1.2 million rider injuries, many of them caused by other vehicles that failed to yield to a motorcycle.
Hiring a Chicago Failure to Yield Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are committed to protecting the legal rights of motorcyclists with severe injuries. If you or your family member were injured in a crash in Illinois, our personal injury attorneys have years of experience securing the maximum financial compensation you are entitled to under the law.
Our Chicago car accident lawyers currently represent clients throughout the United States, Illinois, and the Chicago area, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Aurora, Chicago, Elgin, Naperville, and Schaumburg. Contact our personal injury law firm today for a free consultation.
Failure to Yield Motorcycle Accident FAQs
What is the Number one Cause of Motorcycle Accidents?
Bikers are most in danger when passenger vehicles and commercial trucks make a left-hand turn into oncoming traffic. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that about 42% of all motorcycle crashes happen when vehicles turn left into the biker's right-of-way.
Typically, Bikers are struck by other motorists and truck drivers when the passenger vehicle or commercial truck is turning right into the motorcyclist's pathway while going straight through an intersection.
What are the Odds of Dying in a Motorcycle Crash?
Statistics maintained by the National Safety Council show that bikers have a one in 770 chance of dying in a motorcycle accident. This lifetime chance of dying is slightly lower than a one in 649 chance of dying in a pedestrian accident.
Car accidents fatalities rank one in 303, slightly less than dying of a brain tumor (one in 298). Alternatively, dying in an airplane accident is ranked one in 7032.
What are the Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
The leading causes of motorcycle crashes involve unsafe lane changes, lane splitting, DWI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs), speeding, illegal left turns, inexperience drivers, and sudden stops.
Motorcycle crashes can cause severe consequences, including spinal cord damage, brain injuries, broken bones, severed limbs, etc.
Do Motorcycle Helmets Really Save Lives?
Many motorcycle accident deaths could have been prevented had the biker taken preventative measures by wearing a helmet. Illinois does not have a universal helmet law and does not require motorcyclists to wear protective gear.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016, over 1850 lives were saved when the biker and passenger wore helmets. Research indicates that wearing a helmet reduces the risk of dying by 37% if involved in an accident.
What is the Most Common Motorcycle Injury?
The severity of any injury in a crash depends on the unique circumstances of the accident and how many vehicles are involved. That said, disabling injuries often occur in motorcycle accidents, including spinal cord damage, severed limbs, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and paralysis.
Some bikers and passengers in motorcycle accidents suffer mild to severe road rash, especially those who are not wearing protective clothing.
What Time of Day to Most Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
Statistics maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 52% of all motorcycle accidents involving fatal injuries happen on weekend nights. Statistically, most of these fatal accidents occur between 3:00 PM and 9:00 PM.
Driver's Failure to Pay Attention Leads to Chicago Motorcycle Crashes
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a study based on 2015 crash data involving fatal injuries to motorcyclists to determine the cause of the accidents. While motorcyclist had their fair share of blame in many accidents, drivers of other vehicles have also often been at fault. Some of the findings included:
- Of the 4,722 motorcycle fatalities, 55% were involved in two-vehicle crashes. Of these crashes with passenger vehicles, 98% of the fatalities were either the driver or passenger of the motorcycle; only 2% were in the other vehicle.
- About 36% of the accidents involved the passenger vehicle driver failing to yield, versus 4% of the motorcycle drivers. Drivers of passenger vehicles failing to yield were the highest percentage of any driver-related factor in all the accidents.
- Nearly 27% of accident cases involving a motorcycle and motor vehicle occurred because the victim was hit by the driver who failed to obey the red light, stop sign, and left-turn rules of the road.
- Almost 90% of the crashes happen on non-interstate roadways. Half of these failure to yield accidents happened at intersections where motorists yielding to a biker with the right of way is a significant issue.
Vehicles failing to yield to motorcycles were paramount in the study, showing that drivers either do not see motorcycles or refused to yield to them when driving. Data shows that drivers failing-to-yield and defensive merging are common causes of motorcycle accidents and the factor listed in over 800 motorcycle rider wrongful deaths each year.
Why Vehicles Fail to Yield to Motorcycles
It is unlikely that drivers of cars and other vehicles are choosing to ignore the law and not yield to motorcycles. Instead, it is either reckless or distracted driving that is more likely the reason for this lack of judgment. Motorcycles are smaller and easily missed in the vehicle's blind spot, especially when drivers are not paying attention.
Common reasons a driver might not yield to a motorcycle:
- Distracted driving. Cell phones, electronic devices, other passengers, and many other distractions can take a passenger vehicle driver's focus off the road. Not only is the use of electronic devices while driving a dangerous habit, but it also violates the Illinois rules of the road.
- Impaired driving. Alcohol and other substances that impair a person's judgment behind the wheel are a constant danger when used when driving.
- Drowsy driving. Many motorists driving with too little sleep and might not be as alert as necessary to operate their vehicles safely.
- Speeding. When drivers are in a rush to get to their destination, they might ignore traffic control devices. For example, if a driver is proceeding through an intersection too quickly, they may fail to see oncoming traffic or an approaching motorcyclist.
Sadly, whether failing to yield to a motorbike is intentional or not, these errors can be deadly to the unsuspecting motorcyclist injured in the crash.
Our Commitment to Protecting Injured Riders
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC knows how horrific injuries in a collision can be for a motorcycle rider and their passenger. Many of our current and former injury case clients have severe injuries, including bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, or severe head trauma.
We appreciate the devastation accident victims deal with every day and how their injuries may change their life forever. Many accident survivors deal with a loss of enjoyment, disfigurement, traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and organ damage.
From the time our law firm is retained, our legal team begins gathering evidence to build the case for an insurance company settlement or jury trial. Our Chicago accident attorneys regularly:
- Order police reports
- Take statements from witnesses
- Depose defendants
- Request medical records and medical bills
- Retain professional accident investigators
- Negotiate with the at-fault driver's insurance company
Chicago Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Representing Injured Cyclists
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC diligently fights for injured motorcyclists involved in accident cases where drivers failed to yield, causing our clients' significant harm and damage.
Were you or a loved one injured in a motorcycle accident? If so, our personal injury lawyers will defend your right to compensation for your injuries, property damage, and medical expenses.
Contact our office to schedule a no-obligation free case evaluation to discuss an auto accident claim for compensation. All discussions with our experienced Chicago, IL motor accident attorneys remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.