There is nothing that can compare to riding a motorcycle. The allure of having the wind in your hair and the sun at your back is hard to resist, and the feeling of freedom that riding gives motorcycle enthusiasts is hard to come by when traveling by more traditional means of transportation. While riding a motorcycle may be a fun hobby as well as a convenient form of transportation, it does present dangers that every driver should be aware of. Knowing the potential hazards and risks associated with riding a motorcycle, as well as ways in which you can cut down on those risks, can help ensure that you and other riders stay safe on the road and prevent the need for a personal injury claim.
Due to the lack of protective covering on a motorcycle and the exposure of the rider, motorcyclists face an increased risk of severe, potentially life-threatening injuries when involved in accidents with other drivers. Research conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA), reveals that motorcyclists have an 80 percent or greater chance of suffering serious injuries and fatalities in crashes and being thrown or ejected from a motorcycle as the result of a crash or collision is common. According to the NHTSA, injuries that are common in motorcycle accidents include:
Although a study on motorcycle crashes conducted by the NHTSA found that lower extremity injuries were the most common type of injury in motorcycle accidents, head injuries tended to result in the most severe and potentially deadly damage to riders.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Massino, and Pollack, P.C., we may be able to help you get the compensation you need to recover from your injuries either through an insurance company settlement or by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Compensation through Insurance Company Settlements: In the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, you will likely be contacted by an insurance company representative who will question you about your claim. It is important to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney before making any kind of statement regarding the accident or your injuries. In an effort to save money and increase profits, many insurance companies will seek to undervalue your claim, downplaying your damages and injuries. Others will attempt to deny your claim completely and may end up using what you say against you to do it. Speak with an attorney before making statements or before signing any type of agreement with an insurance provider.
Compensation through Personal Injury Claims: Under the Illinois Compiled Statutes, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages caused by your accident. Damages awarded in court for personal injury lawsuits tend to be larger than what you would get from an insurance company, and may include the following:
In addition to the above damages, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. This is an additional amount of compensation awarded in cases involving particularly reckless and negligent behavior on the part of the at-fault driver.
If you or a loved one have been injured as the result of a motorcycle accident, call Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Massino, and Pollack, P.C. today to schedule your legal consultation with our firm. Our experienced Will County motorcycle accident attorneys can help you hold responsible parties accountable for the damages they caused and assist you in getting the compensation you deserve. With offices throughout Will County and the surrounding area, call Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Massino, and Pollack, P.C. today at (815) 730-8860 for an initial consultation.
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