Orland Park Motorcycle Accident Attorney with Offices in Cook and DuPage Counties
Personal Injury Lawyer Representing Victims in Tinley Park, Homer Glen, and Northern Illinois
Motorcycles are considered a symbol of freedom and a step away from the traditional lifestyle. Sadly, riders take on more than just the open road. They also assume a significantly higher risk of death and serious injury. In fact, statistical estimates place the risk of fatality for motorcycle riders at 27 times that of vehicle passengers and injury rates five times that of other drivers.
At Schwartz Injury Law, we recognize the devastating impact that a motorcycle crash can have on the lives of victims and their loved ones. Although we cannot bring back a loved one or return life to what it was before a crash, we can and will aggressively represent you in your motorcycle accident claim. We handle all of the legal details, giving you and your family the time and energy you need to heal or grieve. In every situation, our seasoned lawyer pursues the most compensation possible.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
When it comes to causation in motorcycle accidents, more often than not, the fault rests with the drivers of passenger vehicles. Most fail to see or detect the motorcyclist at intersections, when they are merging, or when they change lanes. Intersections are especially problematic when the passenger vehicle is turning left, and the motorcycle has the right-of-way. This type of accident alone accounts for nearly two-thirds of all two-vehicle motorcycle crashes. However, there are many other types of passenger driver negligence that can lead to a motorcycle crash. Some examples include:
- Drunken or intoxicated driving,
- Distracted driving (cell phone use),
- Deliberate or hostile action against the rider, and
- Failure to accurately register the rider's speed.
Motorcyclists and their passengers can pursue compensation for the injuries suffered in a collision with other vehicles. Because motorcycles offer less protection, cyclists are likely to be seriously injured in a collision, even if they are wearing a helmet and following the correct safety procedures. Motorcyclists can suffer injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spine injuries, and “road rash” that leads to severe scarring and disfigurement. Victims may pursue compensation for the costs of medical treatment, lost income, and pain and suffering.
In many cases, motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers, and these drivers may be held responsible for the injuries suffered by motorcyclists. Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles and harder to see, multiple types of negligent driving can lead to collisions, including distracted driving, aggressive driving, and drunk driving. Other parties may also be responsible for motorcycle collisions, including a manufacturer of defective vehicle parts or a city, state, or county that did not correct roadway hazards or dangerous intersections.
In Illinois, you can pursue compensation for injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident as long as you were 50% at fault or less. The percentage of fault may be determined in a lawsuit based on the circumstances of the crash, the actions taken by all parties involved, and any other relevant factors. If you are found to be partially responsible for the crash, the damages you are entitled to receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you are found to be 25% at fault, you will receive 75% of the total amount of your damages.
Yes. The first step in performing an investigation is to notify the police and have an officer come to the scene of the accident to make a report. This report will include valuable information about the incident, including the officer’s determination of who was at fault. Your lawyer can also help uncover any other evidence that can help with your case, such as security camera footage at nearby businesses that may have captured the accident, statements from witnesses, and information about any faulty vehicle parts or roadway hazards.
In Illinois, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years. This means that a lawsuit must be filed within two years after the date the accident occurred. In many cases, it is best to act quickly to file a lawsuit or claim seeking to recover compensation as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident. Your lawyer can gather the necessary evidence while it still exists and obtain statements from witnesses while the incident is still fresh in their minds. This can be crucial in demonstrating liability and ensuring that you can receive the compensation you deserve.
Yes. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you understand the full extent of your damages to ensure that you are fully compensated for the immediate and ongoing effects your injury has had on you and your family. An attorney can also help you gather all the necessary information to pursue a lawsuit or claim, and they can speak to insurance companies on your behalf to ensure that any settlement offered will fully address your injuries and damages.
Tinley Park Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Because they are at an increased risk for fatality and catastrophic injuries, injured motorcycle riders need an advocate that is willing to fight for full and fair compensation. They need aggressive representation to ensure their losses and expenses are covered. Their families need compassionate support and skilled assistance while navigating through the wrongful death claims process, which can feel overwhelming in the midst of grief. Our attorney provides all of this and more.
Schwartz Injury Law stands behind the victims of motorcycle accidents with an unwavering dedication to their future and well-being. We aggressively protect their rights and interests. We skillfully prepare each case for litigation to help them work toward the most favorable settlement possible for their situation. Schedule your initial consultation to learn more. Contact us at 708-226-9000. We serve clients in Orland Park, Tinley Park, Burbank, Oak Lawn, Homer Glen, Mokena, Bedford Park, Palos Heights, and throughout Northern Illinois.