Chicago Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
We Represent Bikers Who Have Been Injured.
Motorcycles are a common sight on roadways throughout the Chicago area. However, motorcycle riders are often the most susceptible to catastrophic injuries on the road. Many motorcycle crashes are the result of the negligence of other drivers on the road.
Here at Walner Law, our team of Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys is fighting for the rights of motorcyclists.
Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents
Statistics reveal that motorcycle drivers and passengers suffer serious personal injury in 4 out of 5 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 another vehicle pulls out into an intersection or turns left into the motorcyclist’s right of way.
Other reasons for motorcycle accidents include:
- 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 serious injuries.
A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you recover your losses, including:
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Lost wages and the inability to earn future income
Oftentimes, the secret to winning a complex motorcycle accident claim is quality investigative work. By reconstructing the accident scene, our team of Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys can accurately assign liability and make sure that the at-fault party pays you fair compensation for 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 parked vehicles, inclement weather conditions, motorcycle defects, and roadway hazards.
What kills motorcyclists?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most common cause of death in a motorcycle accident is when a motorcyclist strikes a fixed object off the roadway. However, about 40% 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 that causes the motorcyclist to lose control and be thrown from their bikes, such as another vehicle or pedestrian.
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 still 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. For example, if a car driver was swerving recklessly and disobeying the rules of the road, and a motorcyclist became injured, the motorcycle rider can file a personal injury claim. On the contrary, 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 an injury 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 trauma. Maximum compensation is achievable so long as you have the evidence and the best Chicago motorcycle accident attorney on your side.
Why should I choose Walner Law® to represent my motorcycle accident claim?
The auto accident attorneys at Walner Law® 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 attorneys care about winning your motorcycle accident claim, but we also care about you. We want you to recover quickly from your serious injuries without worrying about escalating medical bills and lost income.
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