Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers
Illinois motorcycle accident rates have been increasing at an alarming rate. The Chicago Tribune reports that motorcycle deaths in Illinois increased by almost 25% for 2015 compared to 2014! The study for the Governor’s Highway Safety Association used preliminary Illinois state data that showed there were 5,010 motorcycle accident deaths in 2015, and 4560 motorcycle fatalities in 2014.
With personal injury law offices in Marion, Harrisburg, Metropolis, Benton and Carbondale, the law firm of Lawler and Lawler represents bikers and others who have suffered serious injuries or lost loved ones in motorcycle accidents.
Our motorcycle accident injury lawyers are ready to help you now – just call (618) 997-5555 or click here for a free consultation.
Illinois is one of 3 states without any helmet laws. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than someone driving a passenger vehicle.
Motorcycle accidents are often caused by car drivers who were not paying attention to the road or otherwise not obeying traffic laws. More than 50 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes are broadside crashes where the motorcyclist is struck on the side by another motorist, usually while making a left turn. Most of these cases are ones in which motorists aren’t paying attention and are at fault for the accident. Whether you are on I-57 or North Market Street, riding a motorcycle through Marion can unfortunately be dangerous at times. If you have been injured in a wreck through no fault of your own, call us at (618) 997-5555 for a free consultation.
Types of Motorcycle Injuries
Motorcycle accidents can cause long-term problems for accident survivors. Catastrophic injuries can include traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, or paralysis. Other common severe injuries include burns, broken bones, and concussion. The Center for Disease Control reports that 22 percent of all non-fatal motorcycle accidents involve a neck or head injury. Injured motorcyclists often end up with thousands of dollars’ worth of hospital bills, surgery expenses, and physical therapy costs that are often not covered by insurance.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Northern Illinois, or you have lost a loved one to a motorcycle accident, consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney like Bridget or Raymond Lawler as soon as you are able. Insurance companies notoriously do everything they can to blame the motorcycle driver for recklessness, even when the other motorist is completely at fault, just to be able to deny a victim’s claim. Lawler and Lawler’s motorcycle attorneys are experts at negotiating with insurance companies to obtain adequate settlements for crash victims, but they are also prepared to take cases to trial if necessary to secure justice on behalf of victims and their families. Contact Lawler and Lawler today for a free consultation at (618) 997-5555 or call for an appointment at any of our 5 law offices – Marion, Harrisburg, Metropolis, Benton and Carbondale, the law firm of Lawler and Lawler
Motorcycle Accident FAQs
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident and you’re considering legal action, chances are you have questions. Below are some common questions we receive from clients and our responses. We hope these will be helpful.
Choosing the right legal representation for your motorcycle accident case is a big decision. The motorcycle accident lawyer who will be of the most benefit has experience dealing with similar cases and has a track record of success. Choose an attorney who is experienced in personal injury law and who is readily available to their clients.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, the sooner you contact a lawyer the better. It’s important to investigate while the evidence and the witnesses’ memories are still fresh. If you wait too long, the statute of limitations may pass, and you won’t be able to seek a legal remedy.
While there is no set answer to this question, there are some factors your motorcycle accident attorney will consider when determining the value of your case.
As an accident victim, you are entitled to compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. A skilled attorney will be able to look at the facts about your case to help you determine an appropriate amount of compensation.
This depends on the facts of your case. Most motorcycle accident cases are settled through negotiations between your motorcycle accident lawyer and the defendant’s insurance company. If things go smoothly, your case could settle in a matter of months. If there are difficult issues in your case, it could take as long as two to three years.
In Illinois, drivers are required to carry certain insurance. If the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance, they may be held personally responsible for your injuries and damages. Your insurance may pay for your damage and injuries but may not cover the full amount.
If you were involved in an accident with a driver who doesn’t have insurance, you need to hire an experienced motorcycle injury attorney. It’s the best way to ensure maximum compensation.
If an accident was partly your fault, you may still be able to collect compensation for your damage and injuries. Illinois uses a modified comparative fault rule, which means that you can collect damages as long as the other driver is found to be at least 51% responsible.
Talk to a motorcycle accident lawyer before you assume you are not eligible to collect damages.
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This is also true at Lawler Lawler Injury Law. It means you don’t pay anything unless we recover compensation for you.
Call us today at (616) 889-4981 to discuss your case in a free, no-obligation consultation.