Chicago Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
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.
Chicago Motorcycle Accident FAQs
What are the leading causes of motorcycle accidents?
The leading cause of motorcycle accidents is negligence on behalf of another driver. Other motor vehicle drivers often fail to see motorcyclists and violate their right of way, causing a collision. Motorcycle accidents are also frequently caused by limited visibility due to landscape or parked vehicles, inclement weather conditions, motorcycle defects, and roadway hazards (such as debris, potholes and oil slicks).
What kills motorcyclists?
The most common reason, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is when motorcyclists strike fixed objects off the roadway. However, about 40 percent of these deaths were preceded by “braking and steering maneuvers immediately prior to the accident.” Therefore, a number of single-vehicle motorcycle accidents can be traced back to the interaction of the motorcycle with another hazard on the roadway (another vehicle, debris, etc.) that causes the motorcyclist to lose control and be thrown from his or her bike.
If I was not wearing a helmet when the accident happened can I file a motorcycle accident lawsuit?
Yes. If you suffered a serious injury and if your accident was caused by another driver’s negligent or reckless behavior, you can file a claim, regardless of whether you were wearing a helmet.
Who can file a lawsuit in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident?
Whoever was injured as the result of another driver’s negligence can file a lawsuit. So if the driver of an automobile was driving recklessly or disobeyed the rules of the road and a motorcyclist became injured, the motorcycle operator can file a claim. Or, if a motorcyclist was not following the driving laws or disregarded the safety of other drivers on the road and caused a motor vehicle accident with a car or truck, the driver of the other vehicle can file a claim if he or she was hurt.
How much can I receive for my motorcycle accident lawsuit?
The amount of compensation varies from case to case. Some motorcycle accident cases are worth more than others, but the final settlement amount will depend on the individual factors involved. You may be able to collect compensation for your medical bills (past and future), lost wages and the inability to earn future income, pain and suffering and emotional anguish.
Why should I choose Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. to represent my motorcycle accident claim?
The auto accident attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. have more than 75 years of experience litigating personal injury cases. We are dedicated to providing our clients with a high degree of personalized attention. When you call us, we will call you back no matter what. Our lawyers care about winning your claim, but we also care about you. We want you to heal quickly from your motorcycle accident injury without obsessing over your escalating medical bills and time off work.
Contact Experienced Chicago Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you were injured in the Chicago area, please call or email the Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. We offer free consultations and charge no fee unless we collect money for you.