According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there are over 270,000 registered motorcycles in the state. This actually represents just under 3% of all registered vehicles in Illinois. Yet motorcycle accidents account for almost 15% of all fatal crashes involving motorcycles.
Even taking into account non-fatal crashes, there are roughly 2,000 motorcyclists injured every year in Illinois. Many of these injuries require extensive and expensive medical treatment. And the victims may incur additional losses, such as reduced income due to time missed from work. If this describes your situation, the Barrington motorcycle accident lawyers at SAM LAW OFFICE LLC may be able to help. We are dedicated personal injury lawyers serving the people of Cook and Lake Counties. We can review the circumstances surrounding your accident and advise you of your possible right to seek compensation from a negligent driver or third party.
Motorcycles have just as much right to be on the public streets as cars or trucks. Yet every motorcyclist can tell you stories about motorists who do not accept that reality. Indeed, motorcycle accidents are often the result of negligent car and truck operators who refuse to share the road in a safe and responsible manner. And in many cases, a simple careless mistake can end in tragedy for the motorcyclist.
Some common examples of how negligence leads to motorcycle accidents include:
It is also important to remember that even a motorcyclist who may be partially at fault for an accident can still recover some of their damages under Illinois’ comparative negligence law, so long as they are not found more than 50% responsible.
Motorcycle accident victims often sustain serious injuries that, in some cases, will require a lifetime of care. It is therefore crucial to hold negligent parties accountable for causing such accidents and injuries in the first place. If you, or someone that you care about, needs legal advice or representation from a qualified Barrington, Illinois, motorcycle accident lawyer, contact SAM LAW OFFICE LLC today to schedule a free consultation.