Anyone who has ever ridden a motorcycle knows that the road is different for motorcyclists. There are many more dangers, not the least of which is the fact that other drivers simply fail to see motorcycles. This is the cause of many motorcycle wrecks. To make matters worse, motorcycle accidents are often seen as the motorcyclist’s fault. The general public may have a false image of motorcyclists as “risk-takers” or “daredevils” when the reality is that motorcycle riders are often the most well-trained vehicle operators on the road. Motorcycle riders are sometimes perceived as reckless, and that sentiment comes into play when they try to get fair compensation after being hit by a negligent driver. Many riders have a precise understanding of their bikes and how their bikes should maneuver in different situations. However, when other drivers fail to take precautions—or fail to see motorcyclists, the results can be tragic. Riders can get seriously injured and are more at risk than typical passenger vehicle drivers. Motorcycle riders are far more vulnerable than passenger vehicle occupants. For example, riders don’t have the protective chassis of a vehicle to protect them in the event of an accident. This means that riders can more likely suffer injuries when they hit the pavement or find themselves crushed between vehicles.
At Budin Law Offices, we know the truth about motorcyclists: They are safe, cautious and considerate. With more than 25 years of experience handling personal injury cases involving motorcycle crashes, we know how important it is to gather the facts to prove that the other driver was at fault and the motorcycle rider was the victim.
If you have, in fact, been a victim to the careless or negligent actions of a passenger vehicle driver, you may have the right to seek damages for your losses.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accident injuries are not rare. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 5,286 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in 2016 alone. These numbers don’t account for the many more people who survive their motorcycle crashes with serious and life-altering injuries.
If you or a loved one were hurt in a motorcycle crash in Chicago, you may have the right to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and pain and suffering. The Budin Law Offices is a motorcycle accident law firm in Chicago that can review your case, estimate the value of your claim, and fight to help you get the compensation you may deserve under the law.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes in Chicago
Motorcycle crashes often occur due to the neglect or negligence of other drivers on the road. Because motorcycle riders are such vulnerable road users, when drivers make common errors, the consequences can be far greater. What are some common causes of motorcycle crashes in Chicago?
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 43% of all deadly motorcycle crashes involve alcohol. Drinking and driving is not only unsafe, it is against the law.
- Turning vehicles and illegal lane changes. One of the most dangerous moments for motorcyclists is when cars are making left hand turns. Drivers may be looking for cars, and not for bikes, and if a driver is distracted, he or she may not see the motorcyclist.
- When other drivers speed or break speed laws, they put everyone on the road at risk, including motorcyclists.
- Opened car doors. One unique hazard motorcyclists face in city traffic is a sudden opened car door. When drivers are parallel parking on the road, they need to check the bike lane or the roadway before opening their door to exit the vehicle. A suddenly-opened car door can leave a motorcyclist seriously injured.
These are just some of the factors that can lead to motorcycle injuries in Chicago. The Budin Law Offices are motorcycle accident attorneys in Chicago who may be able to help you seek damages if another person’s actions or neglect led to your injuries. Contact our firm today to learn more and to receive a free consultation or review of your case.
An Attorney and Ally To Injured Motorcyclists
At the Budin Law Offices, we are committed to standing up for the rights of injured motorcycle riders. While we are skilled negotiators, we also have proven trial ability. Our record includes millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. These cases are nothing new to us. In the aftermath of your crash, we can identify negligent parties and seek damages from those responsible for your accident. We can also negotiate with insurance companies to help you get the settlement from insurance adjusters that you may deserve under the law. Insurance companies often use estimates and formulas to determine settlement amounts. The motorcycle accident lawyers at the Budin Law Offices in Chicago can review your case, present evidence to insurance adjusters to support your claim, and fight to help you get the settlement you may deserve under the law.
Whether you have been hit by a negligent driver who turned in front of you, moved into your lane, or just forced you to lay down your bike to avoid a collision, we can help. We are your ally and we will fight to get you fair compensation. We serve injured motorcyclists in Chicago and throughout Illinois.