Motorcycle Accident Soft Tissue Injury Valuation in Illinois
Possibly because they are so easy to obtain, soft tissue injuries are incredibly common in personal injury litigation including motorcycle accidents. Check out these Illinois motorcycle accident cases involving soft-tissue injuries to operators and passengers.
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DADDIO VS. OGUNBEKUN; 1996; COOK COUNTY; $78,000 JURY AWARD:
An unemployed man was cruising around on his motorcycle when a car suddenly turned into him. Apparently, the car driver tried to turn left into the motorcyclist’s lane but hit him instead. After he fell off his bike, he suffered soft tissue injuries and a broken wrist. He sued the car driver for negligence and claimed the defendant caused those injuries as well as a 35% in his hand and arthritis.
The defendant countered that the plaintiff was drag racing with other motorcyclists and, thus, his contributory negligence barred him from recovering. The jury found that the plaintiff should be 30% responsible for the crash. Since this was less than 51%, he was still able to recover, but his $78,000 award was reduced to $54,600.
ROBERTS VS. ROBERTSON; 1997; MADISON COUNTY; $6,415,000 JURY AWARD
This motorcycle accident involved several parties. A man and a woman were riding peacefully on a motorcycle when a truck towing a boat changed lanes and obstructed their passage. The result was a serious collision because the bikers could not stop fast enough to avoid a crash. The woman suffered a leg injury, and the man suffered soft tissue damage to his back.
The two motorcyclists sued the truck driver and argued that he negligently changed lanes and should have been more cautious in doing so. The defendant flatly denied that he was at fault and so the matter went to trial. The jury returned an exorbitant award of $6,415,000 for the following damages:
- Lost Wages:
- Pain and Suffering:
ROBINSON VS. BROCK; 1996; MADISON COUNTY; $30,000 JURY AWARD:
A young man in his mid-twenties was waiting on a motorcycle at a red light when a car rear-ended him. He suffered extraordinary pain and soft tissue damage in his lower back. He sued the car driver for these injuries and also for the inability to begin a full-time job he was supposed to start not long after the incident. The defendant admitted to causing the accident and the plaintiff’s injuries. She even admitted that her car’s faulty brakes were the reason for her inability to stop to avoid the collision.
However, she still denied the extent of the damages claimed and stated this did not prevent the plaintiff from beginning his job. The jury returned a verdict for the young man for $30,000 in the following fashion (giving him some credit for lost income):
- Pain and Suffering:
- Lost Wages:
BRYANT VS. WILLIAMS; 1995; ST. CLAIR COUNTY; $28,000 JURY AWARD:
A motorcyclist was driving down a highway when a car coming from the opposite direction turned left right in front of him. They could not avoid colliding, and the motorcyclist suffered soft tissue injuries to his legs and feet. Also, a scar even developed on his right leg. The victim sued the car driver and alleged that he should have been more alert and cautious while turning.
The defendant driver admitted fault but denied that the plaintiff’s injuries were as severe as he claimed. Failing to find a compromise, the dispute went to trial on the sole issue of damages where the jury found that the appropriate amount was $28,000.
TYK VS. GRAF; 2007; COOK COUNTY; $14,000 JURY AWARD:
A man in his mid-forties was riding his motorcycle between two cars when the one behind him rear-ended him and sent his bike right into the car at the front of the pack.
Due to the incident, the motorcyclist sustained suffered many injuries including soft tissue damage throughout his body. He sued the driver who initiated the chain-reaction crash. The defendant admitted to starting the collision but denied that the plaintiff’s injuries were caused by the incident and even pointed to the plaintiff’s expert testimony regarding the motorcyclist’s pre-existing injuries. Despite the evidence of the plaintiff’s prior pains, the jury still returned a $14,000 verdict for the man ($12,000 for medical costs and $2,000 for pain and suffering).
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