Chicago Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Riding a motorcycle can be a wonderful and safe experience. However, if you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negative actions of another driver, contact the team at Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP today. Our Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys will investigate all aspects of your case and work to secure the compensation you deserve.
Motorcycle Accident Information
- Why Hire Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP
- Common Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents
- Compensation Available in a Motorcycle Accident Claim
- Free Consultation: Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
Why Choose Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP?
After sustaining an injury motorcycle, you need a team with vast experience handling these cases by your side. Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP is ready to get you through this.
- We have a reputation for success and have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in total compensation through favorable settlements or verdicts for clients.
- We are committed to providing honest and direct communication with every client. Every case we take receives personalized attention, and you only deal with your attorney, not a paralegal or junior assistant.
- We take Chicago motorcycle accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means our clients owe us no legal fees until we secure the compensation they deserve.
What Are The Benefits of Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
A Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer is going to be necessary in these cases for a variety of reasons. Importantly, motorcyclists often face an unwarranted bias from insurance carriers that can lower the amount of money they receive in a settlement. An attorney will work to overcome this bias by gathering all evidence related to the crash (accident reports, eyewitness statements, video surveillance, etc.).
Using the evidence gathered as well as statements from a motorcyclist’s doctor as well as from family and friends, an attorney will work to obtain maximum compensation from any liable party.
How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Illinois?
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were thousands of motorcycle accidents during the latest reporting year of data across the state. These incidents led to 119 motorcyclist fatalities and 2,266 Motorcyclist injuries. The DOT says that 811 of those injuries could be labeled as “catastrophic.”
Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists do not have the same type of protection in the event an accident occurs that those inside traditional passenger vehicles have. Even when a motorcyclist wears a helmet, they are still exposed and susceptible to injuries when a vehicle strikes them. At Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP, it is not uncommon for our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers to help clients who have sustained the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Skull fractures
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken or dislocated bones
The Illinois DOT says that a significant percentage of motorcyclist injuries and fatalities happened on city streets and roads, just like the ones in and around Chicago.
What are my Rights Under Illinois Law if I’ve Been Involved in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you are involved in a motorcycle crash that was caused by another driver, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against the alleged negligent party. You will be limited by the statute of limitations for personal injury cases, which we mention below, and you need to take certain steps in order to file this claim in Illinois.
While you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against an alleged negligent party, you have the legal burden to prove that the defendant was responsible for the crash and that you have a right to damages. You do not have the right to an attorney provided by the court for this case, as a personal injury claim is a civil matter. However, if you have a valid case, you may be able to find an attorney that will work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will owe no legal fees until after you recover the compensation you deserve for your economic and non-economic losses.
How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim in IL?
It can be confusing to understand how long do you have to file a motorcycle accident claim after a crash in Illinois. First, you need to know any deadlines put in place by your motorcycle accident insurance carrier. Most insurance carriers require you to report the accident as soon as possible after the incident occurs.
If you are able to do so, file a motorcycle accident insurance claim with your insurance carrier the same day the incident occurs. You do not have to go into detail with your insurance carrier during the initial conversation. Just simply report that an accident occurred, who was involved, and that you are receiving medical care. Most motorcycle accidents are resolved through insurance settlements with insurance carriers.
However, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to recover the compensation you need if the insurance carrier denies your claim or does not offer enough money in a settlement. If this is the case, you need to understand that the Illinois statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date the injury occurs. This means that a motorcycle accident victim has two years from the date of their accident to file a lawsuit against an alleged negligent driver. Failing to do so within this timeframe could result in the motorcycle accident victim not being able to secure any compensation for their claim.
What if I Didn’t Have a Helmet on at the Time of the Motorcycle Accident?
Illinois does not have a mandatory motorcycle helmet law for riders. However, it could be the case that the defendant (the alleged negligent party) in the case will try to argue that you should not receive full compensation for your losses if you were not wearing a helmet. This argument is not valid, and any damages you receive should not be affected by whether or not you were wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
How Much is A Motorcycle Accident Injury Claim Worth?
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, contact the Chicago personal injury lawyers at Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP for help today. We will thoroughly investigate the incident and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to, which can include:
- Coverage of all medical bills related to the motorcycle crash
- Any lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages in cases of gross negligence
Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
When you need a Chicago motorcycle accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation at (312) 781-1977.