Many people find riding a motorcycle to be enjoyable. However, for many reasons, riding a motorcycle can be hazardous. Statistics indicate that annual Illinois fatal motorcycle crashes since 2010 have been over 140 and in 2017 were 158. As well, total Illinois motorcycle accidents that have resulted in injuries were over 2,400 for years 2011-2015.
Motorcycle accidents that happen in the Chicago area as well as throughout Illinois are generally either the fault of another driver or third party, or the fault of the motorcyclist.
A large percentage of Illinois motorcycle accidents are the fault of another motorist. Many of these accidents occur because the motorist “fails to see” the motorcyclist, and collides with the motorcycle. One type of motorcycle accident – that has caused many fatal crashes – is when a motorist attempts to make a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcyclist and in doing so collides with the motorcycle. This type of “head-on collision” tends to result in very serious accident injuries as well as fatalities because of the tremendous physical forces involved and the resulting high amounts of trauma experienced by the motorcycle rider and, if applicable, motorcycle passenger.
Other types of Illinois motorcycle accidents in which a motorist “fails to see” a motorcycle is when a motorist fails to see an oncoming motorcycle as the motorist attempts to make a right-hand turn onto a street and a collision occurs.
Other types of motorcycle accidents that are not the fault of the motorcyclist are due to various types of road hazards. While there are many types of potential road hazards that may cause a motorcycle crash, one type is a large pothole or other road deformity that if hit by the motorcycle can cause instability and a motorcycle crash.
Crashes that are the fault of the motorcycle rider often occur after the motorcyclist is riding while intoxicated. Other causes of motorcycle crashes that are the fault of the motorcyclist occur because of loss of control of the motorcycle. This loss of control can occur due to many reasons. However, one of the primary reasons for loss of control is due to riding at excessive speed.
Regardless of the cause of a motorcycle accident, injuries that result from motorcycle accidents are often serious, if not life-threatening in nature. While there are a range of injuries that can occur which can vary in severity, typical injuries include broken bones, head injuries, thoracic trauma, back injuries, neck and spinal cord trauma, abrasions, bleeding, and soft tissue damage.
These injuries can cause significant hardships to the injured rider, and also cause substantial financial issues due to medical costs as well as the potential for temporary or permanent lost income.
The Elman Law Group handles Illinois motorcycle accident lawsuits for those motorcyclists and motorcycle passengers who have been hurt. As well, the Elman Law Group handles wrongful death lawsuits in instances where the motorcyclist has died due to injuries.
The Elman Law Group has established a reputation for getting attractive monetary compensation for those who have been injured in motorcycle accidents and other personal injury lawsuits. In cases where a settlement offer is not adequate, the Elman Law Group has a proven capability of achieving attractive court verdicts for those who have been injured.
If you have been hurt during an Illinois motorcycle accident, please contact Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Law Group, to discuss the accident and explore how to get compensated for your accident injuries.