Joliet Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcyclists who practice their steering on long sweeping curves in rural communities will enjoy taking Route 126 out of Joliet, Illinois heading northwest into Plainfield. The scenic countryside takes bikers and passengers along miles of picturesque cornfields, restaurants, and gas stations. The 26-mile round-trip adventure starts in downtown Joliet, passes over Interstate 55 alongside Lake Renwick Preserve before ending at Settlers Park just west of the DuPage River.
The route has numerous wide twists and turns that test the biker's steering abilities. On weekends, Route 126 has minimal traffic for comfortable riding along the open rolling countryside. However, the streets in both Joliet and Plainfield can become highly congested during business hours and on warm summer holidays.
Recent Joliet Motorcycle Accidents
The motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC remind bikers and passengers that dangerous motorcycle accidents occur in the Joliet and Plainfield areas. The most recent devastating crashes in both communities involved:
- In June 2020, a young motorcycle rider lost his life on Interstate 55 in Joliet after rear-ending a passenger vehicle on the southbound lane. The twenty-two-year-old biker succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the accident at approximately 10:45 PM. The front of the bike hit the back end of the vehicle operated by a thirty-eight-year-old Bloomington man driving a Honda Odyssey.
- In September 2014, a single-vehicle motorcycle accident claimed the lives of a 34-year-old male Channahon motorcyclist and his 24-year-old female Palos Hills passenger. The deaths occurred when the motorcycle left the roadway and slammed into a commercial building near Barney Drive on Glenwood Avenue. Both the biker and passenger were pronounced dead in the emergency room at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center.
- In July 2015, two individuals were killed when a motorcycle hit a pedestrian in southwest suburban Plainfield. Witnesses say the biker was not wearing a helmet while traveling at an excessive speed just minutes after midnight before he collided with a pedestrian near Lockport Street along Route 59. The 56-year-old pedestrian suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The 27-year-old biker was transported to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet and later succumbed to his injuries.
A Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer understands that motorcycle collisions and crashes tend to be the most devastating type of accidents on Illinois roadways that produce severe injuries and fatalities.
Nearly all motorcycle crashes place the personal lives and finances of families in jeopardy. Surviving family members often face enormous medical expenses, time away from work, and the inability to earn a living in the future due to injury.
Victims of Joliet motorcycle accidents suffering severe pain, extensive medical bills, permanent or temporary disabilities, and physical damages have the legal right to seek financial compensation from every person at fault for their losses.
However, these types of cases are often extraordinarily complex and require the skills of a competent Joliet motorcycle accident attorney to handle the case.
Wearing a Helmet Could Be Lifesaving
Currently, the District of Columbia and nineteen states enforce universal helmet laws, requiring every motorcycle rider to wear a helmet while moving. Twenty-eight other states have mandated helmet use laws were only some motorcyclists are required to wear a helmet (twenty years and younger, eighteen years and younger, and seventeen years and younger).
Unfortunately, Illinois, along with New Hampshire and Iowa, does not require motorcyclists to wear a helmet as of 2018. Research by the Governors Highly Safety Association revealed a direct correlation in helmet use and bikers traveling fast in heavy traffic on the nation's freeways.
Driver Negligence Responsible for Motorcyclist Injuries
Most individuals have a bias against motorcycle riders, believing that all bikers are reckless and act with disregard to others on the road. However, nearly all motorcycle/vehicle accidents are the fault of a negligent automobile driver.
Sadly, the biker often suffers significantly worse injuries than those riding in passenger vehicles or commercial trucks.
Driver's negligence accounts for a wide variety of motorcycle accidents involving fatalities and injuries. In many incidences, the vehicle turned left in the pathway of an oncoming biker or overtook the motorcycle, stopped too quickly, or passed on the wrong side.
Filing a Claim for Compensation Following a Joliet Motorcycle Crash
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is highly skilled at handling Joliet personal injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits. Our team of attorneys is committed to assisting you in filing a claim or lawsuit against every individual responsible for your accident with injuries. Our legal team's proven case results have helped hundreds of accident victims. Our personal injury attorneys file claims against the responsible parties to recover damages associated with our clients' motorcycle accident injuries.
If you have suffered serious injuries, property damage, or lost a loved one through wrongful death, contact us today! Working on your behalf, we protect your legal rights, your future, and your finances by fighting on your behalf against the insurance company and other defendants in your case.
Our law office will thoroughly investigate your case and build your compensation claim to ensure you receive a fair recovery for all economic and non-economic damages and losses. Call us today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free initial consultation. We accept all cases through contingency fee arrangements. This agreement ensures that you pay for our legal services only after we have successfully resolved your personal injury case.