Chicago Hit & Run Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Hit and run accidents are dreadful whenever they happen, regardless of whether the victim was driving a car, a motorcycle, or walking as a pedestrian. Chicago hit and run drivers usually are afraid of the consequences of their actions and are selfish enough to leave the scene of the accident instead of owning up to their mistake.
Many times these at-fault drivers leave the scene of the accident with minor damage to their vehicle, often because they hit a smaller object like a motorcycle. However, the motorcyclist, their passenger, and the bike might be left in horrible shape with serious injuries.
Hiring Chicago, Illinois Hit and Run Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are committed to protecting the legal rights of motorcyclists injured in a hit and run accident anywhere in the State of Illinois. Our lawyers will take the steps necessary to locate the responsible party or file a claim with your insurance company via an uninsured motorist claim.
As with all our personal injury cases, we work on a contingency fee basis and earn a legal fee when we successfully obtain financial compensation for you. We currently represent clients throughout the United States and Illinois in the following localities: Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elgin, Naperville, and Wheaton.
Hit and Run Motorcycle Accident FAQs
What is the Safest Way to Pass a Motorcycle?
Legally passing a motorcycle is identical to passing a car, truck, or commercial vehicle. Always pass on the left and do not get too close or drive fast.
Know that moving quickly around a motorcycle could create a blast of air followed by an intense vacuum that could cause the biker to lose control of the motorcycle. Always use excessive caution when passing a bike.
Who is at Fault for Most Motorcycle Accidents?
Nearly all motorcycle accidents in intersections are the fault of other drivers making illegal maneuvers that violate the biker's right of way. Often, other motorists will fail to obey a stop sign or traffic light and turn in the pathway of an approaching biker.
Most of the remaining motorcycle crashes involved a single vehicle when the biker hits an object or reacts to slippery surfaces during rain or the winter months.
What Happens When You get Hit by a Motorcycle?
Handle the case like any other accident. If possible, collect contact information from other drivers, the biker, and eyewitnesses. Call 911 to initiate a police report and ask for EMTs to arrive at the scene to transport you to the emergency room.
Make sure the ER doctors perform proper diagnostic tests while examining your injuries to diagnose your condition accurately, even if you do not know if you have injuries. Speak with an attorney to file an insurance claim or lawsuit and avoid speaking to anyone about your compensation case.
What is the Major Cause of Death in Motorcycle Accidents?
Blunt force trauma to a motorcyclist or passenger's head is the leading cause of fatalities in motorcycle accidents, especially for bikers that do not wear a helmet. These victims often suffer skull fractures, cerebral edema, cerebral laceration, subarachnoid hemorrhage, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries.
While a concussion is not as life-threatening as other head trauma, it could cause severe consequences and possible death if internal bleeding is involved.
What Should I do After a Hit and Run Motorcycle Accident?
If the motorcycle struck you in a hit-and-run accident, handle the crash just like any other collision. Call 911 to initiate a police report and ask for medical attention at the scene of the accident, even if you believe you are not injured.
Wait for the EMTs to transport you to the local hospital to ensure a competent emergency room doctor adequately diagnoses your condition. Note that many injuries take days or weeks to present, especially organ damage, internal bleeding, and small fractures.
If possible, take pictures of the physical damage and your injuries. You can file a compensation claim through your insurance coverage to pay for your hospital bills, medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering.
Tips for Victims of Chicago Hit and Run Motorcycle Accidents
All is not lost when the at-fault driver flees the scene of an accident. Ensure that all hit and run accident victims get medical assistance and call the police to investigate.
Many times law enforcement can find the person responsible for causing the traffic accident by listening to witnesses, viewing video surveillance, and other sources. The motor vehicle accident should be treated like any other crash and gather as much evidence as possible.
Even though the police will investigate and collect information, you can obtain evidence to build your accident case.
- Take pictures. Most people have a camera or video option on their cell phones. Take photos and videos of the accident scene, bodily injury, and property damage and the scene of the accident.
- Talk to witnesses. If anyone is at the scene and witnessed what happened, make sure to get their names and contact information.
- Keep good records. Make sure to keep all receipts and documents of all expenses related to the accident, including medical records, medical bills, repairs, police reports, towing, and other costs. Keep the at-fault driver's insurance that you will need to initiate a personal injury claim.
- Get the medical attention that you need. A delay locating a driver should not be a reason to forfeit medical care for an injury.
If the hit and run driver is found, all this evidence could be used to file a claim against their insurance or to file a lawsuit against them personally if they are not insured.
Filing an Uninsured Motorist Claim With Your Personal Insurance Company
Unfortunately, sometimes hit and run drivers are not found, and motorcycle victims are left with the high costs of medical bills, motorcycle repairs, and lost wages. Other times, the driver of the vehicle is located but does not have insurance coverage. In other words, they are an uninsured driver.
Fortunately, a motorcyclist seriously injured in a hit-and-run motorcycle crash or by an uninsured driver can still recover financial compensation for their medical expenses (and their passenger's injuries). Accident victims must file an uninsured motorist claim with their own insurance company for financial recovery.
Under Illinois law, all motorcycle liability insurance policies are underwritten with uninsured motorist coverage (UM). You can recover the same damages as though you were pursuing a claim against the at-fault party when filing an uninsured motorist claim with your family's insurer.
Our Chicago personal injury attorneys have experience with insurance claims involving injured motorcyclists and can assist you in obtaining the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Let an Experienced Chicago Hit and Run Accident Lawyer Help You
Regardless of whether you find the driver responsible for the hit and run accident or file a claim through your uninsured motorist coverage, working with an experienced Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer can help. Legal representation helps get compensated fairly for your injuries and losses through an insurance company that is not always easy.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can ensure you get the compensation you deserve after being victimized in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident. We can advise you of your options, and we work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no fee unless you are financially compensated.
Contact our personal injury lawyers today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All discussions with our law firm remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.
We also represent family members who have lost a loved one through an under-insured (UIM) /un-insured (UM) wrongful death car accident.