A motorcycle accident is often a life changing event, with a number of consequences ranging from injury to loss of income or even earning capacity. These are some of the most common questions, together with the answers for Chicago motorcycle accidents and injuries.
- Do I need an attorney to settle my motorcycle accident case or should I try to do it myself?
- Is there a time limit in Illinois on how long after a motorcycle accident that a lawsuit can be filed?
- Do I have to answer the insurance adjuster's questions and is it in my best interest?
- Do I need to get medical assistance after a motorcycle crash even if I only have minor injuries?
- If I am not able to go back to work right away after my Chicago motorcycle accident, will I be reimbursed for my lost income?
- I was found “at fault” in the police report that was filed. Does this mean I do not have a chance in filing a motorcycle injury case?
- How much will it cost me to get a lawyer to represent me in my Illinois motorcycle accident case?
- Do I have any recourse for injuries sustained in an Illinois hit-and-run motorcycle accident?
Most Illinois motorcycle accidents that involve only minor damage to either the property or persons involved generally can be handled through the insurance companies. If you feel that your claim is being handled in a fair and expedient manner, then there many not be a need for an attorney. However, for serious injuries that may lead to ongoing medical issues or large medical bills, it may be best to discuss the case with an attorney.
In most cases the statute of limitations in Illinois, which is the time limit to initiate a lawsuit, is two years from the time of the accident. However, there are certain circumstances that can change this time frame. The best rule of thumb in any motorcycle accident lawsuit is to begin the lawsuit as soon as possible.
Most insurance companies will want to ask you about the motorcycle accident and have a list of standard questions they want answered, usually in a recorded conversation. However, you do not need to answer these questions. If you think you may be filing a lawsuit, you definitely should not answer any questions without first talking to an attorney.
If you have been injured at all, it is usually a good idea to see a doctor to ensure that there are not injuries that may be more serious. Some types of injuries, such as head trauma and even whiplash may not fully show their symptoms for days, weeks and even longer. A thorough medical examination may uncover underlying injuries that you need to be aware of before trying to settle your accident claim.
Not only can you file a claim for time and wages lost from work directly after the accident, you can also file for future time and wages lost if you are not able to return to your job. Many motorcyclists are severely injured and may not be able to return to their same occupation and have a right to pursue compensation for the loss of income.
If you feel you were injured in a motorcycle accident due to other driver's actions, you should consult with an attorney, especially in cases where the police report initially has the motorcyclists as at fault. The police report may not have all the facts and an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can investigate the crash further and help uncover the truth of what happened.
Most Illinois motorcycle accident attorneys offer free consultations and many work on a contingency fee basis. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers offers both a free consult and does not charge any fees up front as we do work on a contingency fee. This means if we handle your Chicago motorcycle accident case, you will not pay any fees unless we reach a financial settlement or award for your injuries.
Unfortunately, many Illinois motorcyclists are injured in accidents where the driver may flee the scene after the crash. In these circumstances, where the negligent vehicle leaves the scene or is located and does not have liability insurance, the injured motorcyclist can pursue a claim for his or her injuries directly from their own insurance company in the form of an uninsured motorist claim.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers concentrates our motorcycle accident practice on the representation of motorcyclists who are seriously injured in accidents in Chicago and throughout Illinois. We have successfully represented hundreds of injured riders who are faced with mounting medical expenses, lost income and permanent disability following a motorcycle collision.
Just as auto insurance companies have teams of adjusters who work with the intent of reducing the company's exposure following an accident, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has a team of investigators, accident reconstructionists and engineers whom we can deploy to the scene of an accident within hours. This ‘rapid response’ to motorcycle accidents and other motor vehicle accidents allows us to secure valuable evidence that is favorable to our clients for use at settlement conferences or trial. Frequently, this information is the difference between a satisfactory resolution and a great settlement.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers appreciates the significance a motorcycle crash can have on you and your loved ones. Our attorneys have litigated motorcycle accident cases in Chicago and across Illinois. Before you consider talking with an insurance representative for an auto involved in your accident, let us provide an assessment of your situation and how we may be able to help.
If you have any uncertainties surrounding your Chicago motorcycle accident injury, or require a no obligation case evaluation, contact us online or at 888-424-5757 without delay!