Motorcycle accidents pose a serious risk of harm for riders. By nature, motorcyclists are more exposed on their vehicles, and with little protection, they may suffer catastrophic injuries in the event of a collision. For decades, the Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca have provided experienced legal representation to motorcyclists hurt in a crash. As skilled personal injury lawyers, we understand the devastating impact of an accident on financial, physical, and emotional levels. If you or a loved one was hurt by a careless or reckless driver, we can help you seek the compensation that you deserve.Holding a Negligent Driver Accountable for a Motorcycle Accident
Illinois law provides remedies to motorcycle riders who are hurt in a crash. A personal injury lawsuit is a way for accident victims to secure monetary compensation from the responsible party or parties. In an injury lawsuit following a motorcycle crash, the victim alleges that the at-fault party engaged in conduct that directly caused the accident and led to their injuries. There may be various causes for an accident, including a driver’s intoxication, a driver’s distracted behavior, or a driver’s failure to follow applicable traffic rules.
Negligence is the legal theory that usually serves as the basis for a motorcycle accident case. It refers to a failure to behave with the level of care that a reasonable person would use in a similar situation. When a driver breaches their duty of care, and this results in a crash involving a motorcycle, the rider may be able to recover damages. The types of damages that are generally available to victims in a personal injury lawsuit are intended to help put a victim in the place where they would be had the accident not occurred, to the extent possible. Economic damages are objectively documented costs, such as lost wages from work due to the injuries, medical costs, and damage to the motorcycle. Losses that are less easily quantified and more subjective may also be recovered. These include emotional distress and physical pain and suffering. A motorcycle victim’s spouse may pursue a related claim for loss of consortium and loss of the victim’s assistance around the household.
In the event of a fatal motorcycle accident, certain relatives or the legal representative of the deceased victim may be able to recover damages. Since this is a wrongful death claim, these damages relate to their loved one’s funeral expenses and medical costs, as well as payments for the loss of companionship, consortium, support, and services that the victim had provided.Seek Representation from a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Chicago
At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, motorcycle riders injured in collisions can receive dedicated and efficient legal representation. Our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers can anticipate and skillfully overcome potential defenses to personal injury claims, securing compensation for clients that can help ease the financial burden following a crash. We also advocate on behalf of motor vehicle collision victims and their families in Aurora, Champaign, Rockford, Springfield, Quincy, and other communities throughout Sangamon, Cook, Kane, Winnebago, and Adams Counties. Call (888) 862-5556 or use our online form to set up a free consultation with a skilled motor vehicle collision attorney.