Chicago Left-Turn Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Left-turn collisions pose considerable risks to motorcyclists. Bikers might be involved in severe accidents through no fault of their own. A negligent or distracted driver making a turn without yielding to a motorcyclist coming from the opposite direction can cause a crash resulting in serious injuries or fatalities.
Bikers are left with little time to react and get out of the way when negligent drivers fail to yield to an oncoming biker and make a left-turn. A life-threatening car accident is usually the result of a poor driving decision on the part of the motorist making the turn.
A motorcycle rider's injuries can worsen if they are not wearing a helmet or other protective gear.
Hiring a Chicago Left-Turn Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you suffered severe injuries in a left-hand turn motorcycle collision, we invite you to speak with the Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. Our lawyers have years of experience helping motorcycle riders across Illinois recover financial compensation for personal injuries related to an accident.
Our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers provide every potential client a free consultation to discuss their injury case. We never charge a legal fee for injury claims or lawsuits unless we are successful on your behalf.
Our personal injury attorneys also represent family members who lost a loved one through wrongful death, where a passenger vehicle or truck struck and killed the victim.
We currently represent clients throughout Illinois and the Chicago area, including the following localities: Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Aurora, Chicago, Elgin, Naperville, and Schaumburg.
Left-Turn Motorcycle Accident FAQs
What Percentage of Motorcycle Riders Have Accidents?
According to statistics maintained by the Insurance Information Institute, fifty-nine out of 100,000 registered vehicles in 2017 were involved in accidents. This number is nearly six times higher for motorcycles compared to passenger vehicles (10.05 of 100,000).
However, the rate of motorcycle accidents has dropped significantly (-13.4%) over the last decade (2008).
What is the Number one Cause of Motorcycle Accidents?
Passenger vehicles and commercial trucks making left-hand turns cause the most motorcycle accidents. These accidents occur when a car or truck turns into the pathway of a motorcyclist driving by or entering an intersection.
Left-turn accidents account for 42% of all collisions with passenger vehicles and motorcycles.
How Likely are You to Die in a Motorcycle Accident?
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that a biker is nearly forty times more likely to suffer fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident compared a passenger vehicle crashes.
Bikers are nearly ten times more likely to suffer life-threatening injuries while on their motorcycle than motorists and passengers in cars and trucks.
How Dangerous are Motorcycles Actually?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcyclists and bike passengers had a twenty-seven times greater chance of dying in a crash in 2014 compared to motor vehicle occupants. The following year, motorcycle riders were thirty-three times more likely to die from speeding than drivers in passenger vehicles.
Why do Motorcyclist not Were Helmets?
Bikers often choose not to wear a helmet stating that they weigh too much or feel too hot. Other motorcyclists state that the helmet causes neck pain or sensation of suffocation.
Some bikers claim that wearing a helmet causes physical discomfort and limits the movement of their neck and head. However, not wearing a helmet is one of the leading causes of motorcycle fatalities in the United States.
What Time of Day do Most Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
The NHTSA reports that over 50% of all deadly motorcycle crashes happen on weekday nights. The highest proportion of these fatal crashes occur between 3:00 PM and 9:00 PM.
Illinois Statistics for Left-Turn Collisions Involving Injured Motorcyclists
The Illinois Department of Transportation has carefully assembled a report tracking the number of motorcycle collisions for 2015. Motorcycle crashes made up a total of 1.6 percent of all crashes in Illinois in 2015.
While this might seem like a small percentage, the figure behind this percentage amounts to 4,231 crashes. Sadly, there were 148 motorcyclists killed in these crashes. Many of these accidents involve broken bones, traumatic brain injury, road rash, spinal cord damage, organ damage, cuts, lacerations, and extensive property damage.
The 2015 motorcycle crash statistics proffered by the Illinois Department of Transportation are further broken down as follows:
- 186 left turn motorcycle crashes
- 125 right turn motorcycle crashes
- 2,258 straight-ahead crashes
- 400 stopped in traffic accidents
- 96 accidents caused by passing vehicles (in blind spots)
- 572 accidents caused by loss of control
- 73 accidents caused by changing lanes
- 149 accidents caused by parked cars
Most Illinois motorcycle crashes involving vehicles making left-hand turns resulted in serious injuries for accident victims. The Illinois Department of Transportation suggests most of these crashes resulted in type "A" motorcycle accident injuries (the most severe type of injury) such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severed limbs
- Fractured bones
- Abdominal or other internal injuries
It is further defined as a fatal injury that prevents a person from walking or otherwise pursuing the routine daily functions of life.
Causes of Left Turn Accidents Involving Motorcyclists
Numerous factors cause left-turn collisions. Motorcycle drivers must ride on the road with awareness and caution at all times to ensure their safety.
Some Illinois traffic law violations that could result in left-turn accidents include:
- Failure to remain alert or yield to the right of way to oncoming motorcycles (and checking blind spots)
- Failure to follow the rules of the road
- Trying to turn before the light on a traffic signal changes
- Passing other vehicles
- Car drivers talking on cell phones
- Driving into an intersection at the wrong time or failing to yield to oncoming traffic
- Distracted driving due to texting, listening to loud music, or conversing with others on a smartphone
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Failure to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Making unsafe lane changes
- Inability to see stop signs, stoplights, or other traffic signals
Those who have been injured in left-turn accidents should seek immediate help from Illinois motorcycle accident lawyers. Our legal team can provide legal advice, assess the damages of your case, and determine all factors that may have caused your accident.
Insurance Companies Evaluation of Chicago Motorcycle Accidents
Our extensive experience representing injured motorcyclists in the Chicago area has given us insight on how these cases are evaluated by insurance adjusters, the people making decisions about the settlement of the case. Even when a police report puts the blame squarely on a motorist, an adjuster might assert that the motorcyclist was partially to blame or should shoulder some comparative fault for the crash.
Consequently, our lawyers begin preparing each case after a free case evaluation as though an insurance company will vigorously defend it during settlement negotiations or at trial. From the time we are retained, we begin gathering evidence to protect the injured motorcyclist's legal rights.
We frequently proceed with the investigation by taking specific steps, including:
- Order police reports and other investigative documents
- Gather medical records and medical bills
- Meet with treating physicians to have them prepare reports on the resulting injuries and anticipated medical expenses
- Photograph the scene of the accident
Contact Chicago Left-Turn Motorcycle Collision Lawyers for Help Today
Contact our motorcycle injury attorneys today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) to set up a free consultation for a review of your motorcycle accident case. Our personal injury lawyers can address all your questions and concerns.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is proud to be the law firm injured bikers turn to after an accident. We represent riders from across Illinois and Midwest. We will gladly assist you in your time of need and do our best to assess your legal situation.
All discussions with our law firm remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship. Our attorneys follow social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus).