Motorcycle accidents often have disastrous consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an astounding 80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in injury or death compared to only 20 percent for passenger vehicle crashes. In fact, motorcyclists are more than 30 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of cars, and five times more likely to be injured. Far too often, motorcycle injuries are caused by drivers of cars and trucks that do not pay careful enough attention to seeing motorcycles. If you or someone you know has been injured while riding a motorcycle, it is important to contact a skilled Chicago motorcycle accidents attorney with the expertise and resources to hold the responsible parties accountable.
In the majority of cases, the motorcyclist is not at fault for the accident. Most often, drivers of other vehicles, especially large trucks and buses, fail to notice the rider in their rear view or side view mirror. Other times, they may notice the motorcycle but not give them the space they are entitled to on the road. This can cause the biker to get squeezed between two vehicles during turns and lane changes.
When a motorcyclist is injured as a result of another party’s negligence, they are entitled to compensation in the following areas:
- Medical Bills: This includes treatment for current injuries and ongoing care resulting from the incident.
- Lost Wages: If the accident results in a short-term or long-term disability, you may seek compensation for time missed from work.
- Bike Repairs: Any and all damage to the motorcycle caused by the accident should be repaired by the responsible party.
- Pain and Suffering: Damages can be sought for physical and emotional stress resulting from the injury.
In the worst-case scenario, a wrongful death claim may be filed by the family of the victim as well.
When you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle accident, several complex legal issues arise. Obtaining an attorney as quickly as possible can help you protect your rights. The trial attorneys at Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. are experienced in uncovering the evidence that is critical to helping you and your family. We work with the police, investigators, and accident reconstructionists to build your case and aggressively pursue just compensation on your behalf. Contact the Chicago motorcycle accidents lawyers at HM&M today for a free no obligation consultation.