Illinois Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
There is not much that a biker can do to reduce the severity of motorcycle injuries other than to take every measure possible to prevent accidents before they occur. Motorcyclists lack the protection that all other motorists and passengers are afforded by advanced technology and structural components designed to absorb kinetic energy, and their injuries are often much more severe.
The Illinois motorcycle accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC recognize the physical and financial impact of motorcycle crashes on the victims and fight tirelessly to ensure that they can afford the medical treatment that they need to recover as well as compensation for their out of pocket expenses.
Get Help From a Trusted Illinois Motorcycle Accident Law Firm
The Illinois motorcycle accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are committed to securing the maximum amount of damages allowed by law in your motorcycle accident lawsuit. It is our goal to enable you to live your life as comfortable as possible and to receive treatment that best improves your quality of life following your accident.
Our attorneys have helped thousands of clients obtain an adequate monetary recovery. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our Illinois motorcycle accident lawyers to review your legal options and learn more about your rights. If we are unable to secure compensation on your behalf, our services won't cost you anything.
Illinois Motorcycle Accident Rate on the Rise
The weather in our state has been more pleasant and dry in recent years, encouraging motorcyclists to take to the roads in more significant numbers. Comparatively, the number of motorcyclists killed by motorists in accidents is much less number of those who have been injured.
However, more than one out of three motorcycle injuries are classified as Type A, which are categorized as those that can significantly alter the motorcycle accident victims' ability to live healthy lives. "Type A" injuries include paralysis, amputation, and severe brain damage. Motorists and truckers must remain alert and aware of motorcycles sharing the road and give them the respect that they deserve to prevent accident-related debilitating injuries.
The Location has Little Impact on Injury Risk to Motorcyclists
It is a common assumption that riding a motorcycle through highly trafficked urban areas is more dangerous than traveling rural roads. Still, crash data suggests the risk is about the same. Seventy-four motorcyclists were killed in city accidents in 2017 while the same number died in rural area accidents. Riders are slightly more likely to report injuries in the city, but the additional risk is not that significant. Over 525 motorcyclists suffered Type A injuries on city roads compared to 422 on rural streets.
Safe Riding Can Be Life Saving
Many motorcyclists take to the open road for the sense of freedom they experience on America's freeways and side streets. Others see the benefit of reducing the carbon footprint by limiting the amount of gas they burn traveling to and from work, school, and other destinations.
Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle lacks structural protection compared to riding in a passenger vehicle or commercial truck should an accident occurred. As a result, most states require bikers to follow the rules of the road, wear special body protection gear, and take steps to make themselves more visible to others that share the road.
Wearing a helmet can significantly reduce your chances of dying in a motorcycle accident. Unfortunately, Illinois does not require bikers or passengers to wear helmets. Using a federal government approved helmet can significantly increase the potential of survival compared to those who do not wear headgear.
Helmet Use Improves Prognosis for Motorcycle Accident Survivors
Data has shown that just as many motorcycles died in accidents while wearing helmets as those who chose not to, but the use of a helmet prevented two-thirds of victims from suffering severe brain injuries. There is a strong case for the use of helmets, even as most states still do not require their use, including Illinois. However, regardless of whether you use a helmet or not, it is essential to know motorcyclists are twenty-six times more likely to suffer fatal injuries in accidents than any other motorist.
According to statistics maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4985 motorcycles died in crashes in 2018. The number of motorcycle traffic fatalities slightly decreased by five percent from the previous year in documented traffic fatalities.
Illinois ranked thirtieth out of fifty states, with 162 deaths in 2019 of the more than 333,000 motorcycles in the state. This statistic reveals that there were 4.85 biker fatalities for each 10,000 registered motorcycles.
Types of Injuries Sustained by Illinois Motorcyclists in Accidents
The speed and force of being struck by another vehicle can cause motorcyclists to suffer grave injuries as can the loss of control of their bikes. The initial impact can result in injuries when a limb is caught between two objects, and then additional injuries may occur when the motorcyclist hits the ground. He or she may also be dragged along the pavement and suffer further injuries from contact with the pavement.
Common motorcycle injuries include the following.
- Multiple fractures and crushed bones – Compound fractures are common in motorcycle accidents due to the force exerted on the victim and exposure to his or her surroundings.
- Deep lacerations and mutilation – glass, metal parts, road debris, and other objects can slice, cut, puncture, or scrape the victim. While every effort is customarily made to save affected limbs, the injuries may be too severe to forgo amputation, and infections become a concern as well, facilitating the need to remove the extremity to save the patient's life.
- Broken neck, back, and spine – Serious accidents can result in complete paralysis from the point of injury down. The cost of caring for a loved one who is paralyzed is extensive and can exceed $2 million depending on the location of the injury and the age of the victim at the time they were hurt.
- Traumatic brain injuries – Injuries to the brain can impact the ability of the victim to lead a healthy and independent life. The damage can result in loss of memory, impaired speech, inability to concentrate, loss of motor function, and numerous neurological conditions that have a longstanding impact on the quality of life.
- Death – Motorcycle deaths represent over thirteen percent of the total fatalities in motor vehicle accidents across the nation. Compared to 1997, the number of people killed in motorcycle crashes doubled twenty years later.
Seeking Compensation After an Illinois Motorcycle Accident
Most motorcycle accidents occur because a motorist is either distracted or fails to notice or yield the right of way to the victim. When reckless or careless behavior has such a permanent impact on another person, it is well within the victim's rights to seek compensation for his or her injuries as well as for other financial considerations.
The forms of damages you may receive include the following.
- The initial cost of your medical care, including emergency treatment and prescribed surgery or therapy
- Out of pocket expenses that resulted from the treatment of your injuries
- Loss of income due to your inability to return to work permanently or temporarily
- Pain and suffering and change of lifestyle
- The cost of long-term treatment in the case of permanent injuries
Hiring an Illinois Motorcycle Crash Lawyer
Our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers handle personal injury claims that involve head injuries, wrongful death, disfigurement, spinal cord injuries, road rash, broken bones, and other serious injuries.
Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers will handle every aspect of your personal injury case, including talking to the insurance company and claims adjusters to resolve your personal injury claim. We will investigate the cause of the accident and work to ensure you receive maximum compensation by the policy limits.
Your compensation will recover lost income, medical expenses, and property damage. Our experts will review your medical records and evidence on how the negligent driver harmed you and any other accident victims.
A Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer from our law offices can also provide a free case evaluation to surviving family members who lost a loved one injured or killed during a motorcycle ride. Our personal injury attorneys handle cases involving left turn car driver negligence, inappropriate lane changes, and dangerous potholes that resulted in a motorcycle accident injury.