Motorcycles are a common sight on roadways throughout the Chicago area. While motorcycle riding is safe and freeing, accidents do happen. When motorcycle accidents do occur, the results are often catastrophic for the vulnerable biker. Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents are due to another driver’s negligence.
At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., personal attention from a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer is our priority. We value our connections with our clients and know that our approach will benefit you as well as your motorcycle accident claim.
Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents
Statistics reveal that motorcycle drivers and passengers suffer serious injury in four out of five motorcycle accidents. Despite the stereotype, a majority of motorcycle crashes are not caused by speeding, drinking, or other illegal activity. The number one cause of a motorcycle accident is when the driver of a car, truck, SUV or semi-truck pulls out into an intersection or turns left into the motorcyclist’s right of way.
Because of a motorcycle's small size compared to other vehicles on the road, many drivers of passenger cars and trucks fail to see bikers. Even if these drivers check their mirrors before turning or changing lanes, a motorcycle may be in the other vehicle’s blind spot, resulting in an accident.
Other reasons for motorcycle accidents include:
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Poor road conditions
- Defective roadways
- Traffic congestion
- Defective automobiles
- Motorcyclist signaling error
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driver fatigue
- Motorcycle defects
Common Motorcycle Injuries
Due to simple physics and a lack of protection, motorcyclists are at greater risk of catastrophic injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns, road rash and lacerations
- Brain injuries
- Internal injuries
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident in the Chicago area, you have probably incurred significant financial losses in addition to your injuries. A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you recover your losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Costs of rehabilitation, disability or disfigurement
- Lost wages and the inability to earn future income
- Pain and suffering
Often times, the secret to winning a complex motorcycle accident claim is quality investigative work. By reconstructing the accident scene, our Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys can accurately assign liability and make the at-fault party pay your damages.
Please read our Motorcycle Accident Questions page for more information.
If you were injured in the Chicago area, please call or email the Illinois motorcycle accident attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. We offer free consultations and charge no fee unless we collect money for you.
If you or a loved one has been hurt, and you need help, please call or email us today or text "Walnerlaw" to 41513 for a FREE consultation.