Chicago Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Helping Injured Bikers Recover Their Entitled Compensation
There are hundreds of thousands of registered motorcycles in Illinois. Although riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating and liberating, it can also be dangerous. When a motorcycle is involved in a crash with a car or a truck, the motorcyclist often suffers catastrophic or fatal injuries due to the lack of protection motorcycles offer compared to other vehicles.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver in Chicago, let our legal team at Pissetzky Law LLC help you obtain financial compensation for all your losses. We can thoroughly investigate the accident, gather and assess the evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and maximize your entitled settlement or award.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 5,014 bikers were killed—which accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities—and 84,000 were injured in 2019 alone. Per vehicle miles traveled that year, motorcyclists were approximately 29 times more likely than occupants of passenger vehicles to die in a crash and were four times more likely to be injured.
Due to the size and speed of motorcycles, motorcycles are less visible than other motor vehicles. Not only are bikers not protected by a container of metal, but they also don’t have seat belts and airbags like cars and trucks.
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The following are the common causes of motorcycle accidents in the United States:
Cars making left-hand turns – The NHTSA reported in 2019 that cars turning left at the time of the accident was the cause of nearly half of all fatal crashes involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. Cars turning left often hit passing or oncoming motorcycles in intersections due to speeding, low visibility, and distracted driving.
Cars switching lanes – Many bikers have experienced this situation at least once. A driver does not see the motorcycle or misjudges his/her distance and cuts in front of the motorcyclist. This generally occurs when a motorcyclist is riding within the driver’s blind spots.
Head-on collisions – In 2019, nearly three out of four fatal accidents involving motorcycles and cars occur when the vehicle hits the motorcycle in the front. Head-on collisions are the most dangerous kinds of crashes for bikers.
Intoxicated drivers – Being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs while behind the wheel can impair motor skills, judgement, vigilance, and the ability to maintain proper lane position.
Speeding – Driving at a high rate of speed significantly reduces a motorist’s ability to see and react to road conditions. Additionally, the higher the speed, the more severe the impact of the crash.
Inexperienced drivers – New drivers, especially teenagers and young adults, may not have the awareness and experience compared to their older counterparts and are more likely to engage in reckless behavior.
Opening car doors – After a driver parks their vehicle, they can injure a passing biker by opening their door without checking for oncoming traffic.
Road conditions – From gravel on the pavement and rough roads to slick surfaces and debris on the road, there are many road hazards that can cause a motorcycle to crash.
To win a personal injury claim, the plaintiff (injured party) must prove that the defendant (at-fault driver) had a duty of care to driver in a reasonably safe manner and obey the traffic laws, the defendant breached that duty by driving in a negligent or reckless manner, the defendant’s breach caused the plaintiff’s injuries, and the plaintiff was injured and/or suffered losses.