Chicago Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
We have successfully prosecuted thousands of vehicular accidents over the decades as well as many motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle accidents are particularly hazardous because the motorcycle offers no protection to the consumer, unlike a car. Any driver is vulnerable to lethal or serious injury even when the impact is minor. Yet, each driver must keep on the lookout to avoid striking motorcycles. The Illinois “Rules of the Road” apply to protect motorcycle operators.
What are the Common Causes of a Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcycle accidents are similar to other automobile accidents. The characteristics of motorcycles and the operation of motorcycles, the causes of motorcycle accidents, the injuries, and liability concerns involved with motorcycle accidents uniquely separate them from car accidents. Motorcycles by nature are smaller and offer less protection to riders than do cars. These aspects make motorcycles less visible to cars, more susceptible to road hazards, and less stable due to having only two wheels. Indeed, it is much riskier for a motorcyclist to be on the road than a car.
In Illinois, an injured person can receive compensation if it can be proven that the person who caused the accident was negligent or careless, and contributed to the cause of injury. In the case of motorcycle accidents, it is the driver of a car or truck that is negligent. A driver must be reasonably careful. If they are not and it results in an injury to the motorcyclist, the driver is liable for injuring the victim of the accident.
Apart from another driver’s negligence, motorcycle accidents may be the result of defective motorcycle products. These are defectively manufactured motorcycles and/or parts, and motorcycles with an unreasonably dangerous design. The former of the two means that a motorcycle or its parts have been manufactured improperly. The latter means that a motorcycle or its parts were manufactured properly, but they were designed in a way that is dangerous and results in injury or other damages.
What Should I do if I am the Victim of a Motorcycle Accident in Illinois?
The longer a person waits to retain an attorney, the greater the risk of fading or degrading physical evidence. Over time, witnesses have difficulty recalling specific details that may be vital to your case.
Even if you believe your accident to be minor in nature, you should keep good records, including:
- Photographs of the scene, skid marks, property damage and injuries
- Dates and context of all conversations with insurance companies and the names of the representatives you spoke with (never agree to a recorded conversation without first consulting an attorney)
- Emergency visits or follow up medical exams (dates, prognosis and treatments, and treating physicians)
We invite you for a free telephone or in person consultation to discuss your accident and any questions you may have. Even if you do not wish to retain an attorney, we can set you on the right path for free. Most of our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience and we have an outstanding track record in helping our clients and creating a strong trust relationship, as you can see in our Success Record. Please call our Chicago office at (312) 372-8822, or our Joliet office at (815) 723-8822, or you can call our toll free number at (800)-985-1819.