Chicago Lawyers for Motorcyclists Injured in Rear-End Crashes
Rear-end motorcycle accidents are one of the most common types of collisions that results in serious injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists every year. A rear-end collision typically occurs biker is stopped and is hit by the vehicle behind it. In many cases, motorcycle riders face much more significant dangers in becoming severely injured from these kinds of collisions due to the physical forces exerted on them when a larger vehicle strikes them.
If you are a motorcyclist severely injured in a rear-end crash, contact the Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC for a free consultation and review of your legal rights and options for financial compensation. Our team of experienced attorneys appreciates the impact a serious accident can have on your health and livelihood and stand ready to assist you with your case.
Statistics for Illinois Rear-End Motorcycle AccidentsThe Illinois Department of Transportation publishes an annual study that tracks crashes in the state. There were a total of 148 people killed in the State of Illinois in motorcycle crashes in 2016. An astonishing 3,312 individuals suffered from injuries as a result of involvement in motorcycle accidents. Out of this figure, there were 1,066 individuals who suffered from “Type A” injuries (severe injuries) as a result of involvement in motorcycle crashes.
While the report does not distinguish 'rear-end crashes' it does individuals were involved in “slow” or “stopped in traffic” accidents, which may indicate that a rear-end accident was involved. There were 467 individuals involved in “other” types of accidents that could also include rear-end collisions.
Causes of Rear-End AccidentsRear-end accidents can be caused by a multitude of factors. In many accidents, a driver is negligent or not paying attention to the road. Here are some of the other causes of auto accidents in the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Distracted driving involving texting, conversing on the phone or surfing the Internet
- Distracted driving due to listening to loud music, reading or applying cosmetics
- Failure to stop in time for a stoplight
- Driving at high speeds. A speeding vehicle takes much longer to stop than vehicles traveling at slower speeds
- Driving under the influence (drunk driving or drugged driving)
- Failure to respond to stopping traffic
- Failure to follow traffic rules
How Motorcyclists Can Avoid Rear-End Crashes
The best way that drivers can avoid being involved in motorcycle accidents is by paying attention while on the road and drive defensively. It is vital that motorcycle riders pay attention to the road so that they can anticipate changing lights, abrupt stops by other drivers, and go with the flow of traffic.
Insurance Companies' Approach to Evaluating Rear-End Crashes
Many motorcyclists accident victims assume that they are capable of handling their own personal injury cases involving a crash from behind. While this may be true in some circumstances, insurance companies for the at-fault driver may still try to delay or deny the claim by alleging the accident was caused by a sudden stop made by the motorcyclist or alleging the biker's injuries are not causally related to the incident.
Our attorneys have seen it all. We've successfully resolved cases involving serious rider injuries such as whiplash, traumatic brain injury, fractures, spinal cord injuries, and even death.
From the time we are retained by a client, we begin gathering evidence to lock down the liability and damage aspects of each case to work in their best interests.
- Order medical records and medical bills
- Take statements from witnesses
- Photograph property damage as well as our client's injuries
- Request copies of police reports and other materials generated by law enforcement
- Obtain wage loss information from employers
Get Legal Help for Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Our Illinois motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are here to help you. Contact our attorneys at any time of the day. We are available to respond to your inquiries and assess your claim and offer input on taking legal action against responsible parties. Contact us today for a free review of your auto accident case.