Is There A Time Limit In Illinois on How Long After A Motorcycle Accident That A Lawsuit Can Be Filed?

    Is There A Time Limit In Illinois On How Long After A Motorcycle Accident That A Lawsuit Can Be Filed?
Yes, Illinois motorcycle accident cases are governed by a statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit against the party responsible your accident and resulting injuries. Under Illinois law, an injured motorcyclist has two (2) years from the date of the crash to file a lawsuit. See 735 ILCS 5/13-202. Your failure to comply with this time constraint will forever bar your ability to recover compensation.

However, there are certain circumstances that can change this time frame—such as who the defendant is in a case and the age of the injured party.

While two years may seem like a long time to get a lawsuit on file and there’s no rush to take action immediately after a crash, it is important to remember that much investigation commonly needs to take place before a case goes to court in order to establish liability--- who did what and where.

For example, in the case of a motorcyclist injured by a truck driver, determining the responsible parties may not be readily apparent by looking at a police report. Additionally, securing the statements of witnesses to a crash are best interviewed as soon as feasible following an incident when the events are fresh in their mind. Waiting to interview these people may result in forgotten facts and details.

In significant crash cases, our office regularly retains professional accident investigators to review the scene of the crash so we can get a better assessment of the crash itself. Commonly, we will have these investigators review both the scene of the incident as well as the damage bikes and vehicles so we can preserve the evidence for use during settlement negotiations or trial.

While the liability aspects of a case cannot be minimized, we are also keenly aware of the role that treating physicians play in the outcome of cases. A sympathetic opinion can increase the value of a case while an opinion critical of injured parties sincerity can derail the settlement process.

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, our attorneys have experience litigating complex injury cases and regularly take courses in medical anatomy. We can effectively elicit favorable testimony from a physician and we can convey the impact of an injury to a jury. In significant injury cases, we may retain an expert in the field of physical medicine to help quantify the extent of our client’s injuries and medical needs—both in the present and in the future.

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Preparing for War, Hoping for Peace

Many of the steps we take in the course of representing our motorcycle accident clients are done with an eye towards the trial of the case. The truth is that the majority of cases get resolved prior to trial. While taking extra steps may seem unnecessary, the reality is that these ‘extra’ steps we take can help our clients’ cases get resolved faster and for higher values because insurance companies and defense attorneys see that we are prepared and ready to present our case in court if need be.

While no one can guarantee an outcome in a case, we are confident that our law firm offers motorcycle accident victims an opportunity for the best possible outcome in their situation. We invite you to call or contact our office today for a free case review of your situation.

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