When a car or truck collides with a motorcycle, a rider may sustain serious and long-term injuries, due to the fact that a motorcycle lacks the protective steel cage that other vehicles have. Even with all of the proper safety gear, motorcyclists are vulnerable to the carelessness of drivers who fail to respect their rights on the road. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a crash that occurred because of someone else’s negligence, you should seek representation from a personal injury attorney who knows how to build a compelling case. At Kurasch & Klein, our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers can pursue the compensation that you deserve for the harm that you or your loved one has suffered. We also offer services in Polish and Spanish for the convenience of our clients.Holding a Careless Driver Accountable for a Motorcycle Accident
The Department of Transportation’s 2014 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics reveal that there were approximately 3,400 motorcycle crashes that year, resulting in over 100 deaths. Drivers often overlook motorcycles due to their small profiles, but this is not an acceptable excuse for causing a crash. Someone who has been struck by an inattentive or reckless motorist may be able to bring a negligence claim against that person. Negligence occurs when a driver fails to exercise the appropriate care behind the wheel. Broadly speaking, this means that the driver did not behave as a reasonable person would have behaved in the vicinity of the motorcyclist. For example, a driver using reasonable care would know not to tailgate a motorcyclist and not to cut off a motorcyclist when making a turn. Thus, someone who causes an accident by engaging in tailgating or an aggressive turning maneuver, among countless other examples of careless behavior, likely will be held liable for the victim’s injuries.
If a motorcycle accident victim successfully establishes the elements of a negligence claim by a preponderance of the evidence, economic and non-economic damages may be awarded. Injured individuals in Illinois may seek compensation for medical expenses, damage to a vehicle, rehabilitation and therapy costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and more. In some situations, it will be important to provide testimony from experts who can explain the extent of the harm that the victim suffered and any future treatment that may be required, as well as the impact of the injuries on the victim’s earning capacity.
Personal injury claims in Illinois must be brought within the applicable statute of limitations, unless an exception applies. It takes time to properly investigate a motorcycle crash, gather evidence, and bring a strong claim, so you should avoid any delay in seeking legal counsel.Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in the Chicago Area
If you or a loved one has been involved in a collision that was not your fault, it is important to seek the assistance of a Chicago motorcycle accident attorney who can explore the facts of your case. You can trust Kurasch & Klein to serve as your trusted legal advocates. Both of our attorneys are AV-rated and have been repeatedly recognized as Illinois Super Lawyers. Our firm also serves accident victims in Naperville, Wheaton, Schaumburg, and communities throughout Cook County. For a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney, contact us online or call us at 312-372-7250.