Motorcyclists might sometimes feel as if they must trade their desire for the feeling of freedom and exhilaration that they get from riding a bike for a sense of safety and security. Motorcycle riders know every time they get on their bike and hit the road that today could be the day that they get into a crash because a motorist is not watching what they are doing and not looking out for motorcycles.
If you are a motorcycle rider who has been injured because of the negligence of a motorist, a motorcycle accident attorney can help make sure that your rights are protected as you pursue compensation for your injuries.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reports that motorcycle crashes accounted for about 1.2 percent of all crashes in 2014. There were 118 traffic fatalities involving motorcyclists, which was down 22.4 percent from 2013 when there were 152 deaths. The fatalities of those motorcyclists accounted for about 12.8 percent of all traffic fatalities in Illinois in 2014. The number of motorcyclists who were injured in traffic accidents that year was 2,693, which was down by one percent from the year before.
Liability for motorcycle accidents in Chicago
In a big city like Chicago, it might be a miracle that motorcycle crashes don’t occur more often. With traffic congestion, dangerous weather conditions and drivers of cars, SUVs, vans, and trucks weaving in and out of traffic, not everyone is as vigilant as they could be when it comes to looking out for motorcyclists. Human error is the cause of most traffic crashes on the part of one or both parties that end up colliding with one another. The driver who is at fault in causing the accident will be held liable for the injuries and property damage.
There is a statute of limitations of two years after the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. This adds a bit of urgency to the importance of finding a good personal injury attorney in Chicago who understands the intricacies of the law and has the tenacity to make sure that you receive all the compensation that is due to you after your injury.
Call Gainsberg Law, P.C. 312-313-1621 or fill out our contact form today, and take a stress-free step towards pursuing compensation you are owed for the injuries you have suffered in a motorcycle accident in the Chicago area.