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Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle accidents are becoming alarmingly more frequent on our nation's roads and highways.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, there were 5,116 motorcycle fatalities in 2020. Most of these accidents were caused by negligent or reckless motorcyclists who fail to see or yield to motorcycles.

Was your loved one killed in a fatal motorcycle crash? The personal injury lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, are legal advocates for victims and surviving families harmed by the reckless or negligent actions of others.

Contact our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or use the contact form now to schedule a free consultation.


A Rise in Motorcycle Accidents

It could be said that the rise in these numbers is due to the increase in motorcycles. But it is also because many motorcycles do not have safety features, and motorcyclists often do not follow the rules of the road.

Was your loved one a victim of a fatal motorcycle accident? Contact our law firm to help you get the compensation and justice you deserve.

Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents

A fatal motorcycle accident involves someone losing their life. While there are many accidents in which people only get injured, some ultimately lead to death.

Depending on the severity of the impact and how badly they are injured, the motorcyclist could also die instantly from the force of the impact.

The most common types of fatal motorcycle accident include:

  • A car turns in front of a motorcyclist traveling straight through an intersection
  • A driver did not see the motorcyclist
  • The driver was traveling too close behind the motorcyclist
  • A car sideswiped into the motorcyclist when changing lanes
  • A motorist was driving distracted or failed to yield the right of way

Such a situation is especially dangerous because motorcyclist do not have any external protection like those driving a car, and are completely exposed and vulnerable at the time of the collision.

What Might Be Compensated For in a Wrongful Death?

Was your loved one killed in a collision? You could claim damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Besides physical injuries, you might also be compensated for mental anguish.

You could receive compensation for damages, including:
  • Loss of Income: If the person who died on account of the collision was the primary earner in the household, their death could have a significant financial impact on you and your family.
  • Mental Anguish and emotional distress caused by the death of a person.

Motorcyclists are often hurt by driver negligence operating another vehicle, involving injuries, fatalities and property damages. In these cases, call the police immediately.

The police often determine who is at fault while investigating the accident scene. The police will note case facts and information in the police report. Every injured motorcyclist and driver in the accident should get a copy of the police report to file a claim.

Who Is at Fault in a Fatal Motorcycle Crash?

If someone riding a motorbike is involved in an accident, there are a few different ways that fault can be determined. In some cases, both drivers may be at fault, while in other cases, only one driver may be held responsible, depending on who puts others at risk.

If a biker is speeding and crashes into a person or vehicle, causing a situation where other motorists or passengers are killed, they may be held fully or partially at fault.

In some cases, both drivers and bikers are at fault for the accident, like if both drivers were speeding or if one was speeding and the other was not wearing a helmet.

Not Wearing a Helmet

Many crashes involve a biker not wearing a helmet. In many states, it is required by law that all motorcyclists and passengers wear helmets. Failing to wear helmets could lead to a fine.

If a motorcyclist is not wearing a helmet and is involved in a collision, they may be held partially or fully at fault for the financial costs of their injuries.

When to Get in Touch with a Lawyer

Contact a lawyer from our law office today if your loved one was killed in a fatal motorcycle accident.

Contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today for immediate legal advice and schedule a free consultation.

All confidential or sensitive information you share with our experienced lawyer remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

Our personal injury lawyers accept cases on a contingency basis, meaning no upfront fees are paid to our legal teams until your case is resolved.


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