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McHenry County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Spring is here, and with the warmer weather comes outdoor sports and activities like baseball, outdoor basketball, and motorcycle riding.

If you are planning on taking a motorcycle out this spring, it is important that you keep proper motorcycle safety and maintenance in mind. Motorcycles are statistically more dangerous than cars and other vehicles that protect their passengers with metal chassis. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the fatality rate per mile for motorcycle riders was 30 times the rate for car passengers in 2011.

In Illinois, 145 motorcyclists died and 3,020 were injured in motorcycle crashes in 2011. Although motorcycle crashes only accounted for 1.3 percent of the collisions on Illinois roads that year, they were the cause of 15.8 percent of fatalities.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident , you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the costs associated with your injury. This can include your medical bills, any lifestyle adaptations you have had to make such as the use of a wheelchair or other mobility help, and any wages you have lost due to spending time out of work. If another party was responsible for your accident, you should not have to shoulder these burdens alone. Contact an experienced McHenry County personal injury attorney to begin working on your case.

Liability in Illinois Motorcycle Accidents

Most motorcycle accidents involve another driver. In some cases, this other driver is wholly responsible for the collision. In others, the motorcyclist is partially responsible as well. When both parties are found partially responsible for the collision, the court must determine the percentage that each contributed when drafting a settlement. This is according to the state's modified comparative negligence model. With this model, the claimant may only receive compensation that matches the percentage that he or she is deemed to have contributed to the accident.

In some cases, the government entity in charge of maintaining the stretch of road where the accident occurred can be held liable for the accident. For most of Illinois' highways and state roads, this government entity is the Illinois Department of Transportation. Potholes, poorly maintained bridges and other structures, and unsafely-graded terrain can all create hazards for motorcycles that do not exist for cars and other larger vehicles.

Another possibility is that your motorcycle's manufacturer was responsible for the fault that led to the accident. When this is the case, you may be able to file a claim with the manufacturer. Check annually to see if your motorcycle has had any parts recalled and if so, follow the manufacturer's instructions to receive a replacement part or have the faulty part repaired.

Illinois Motorcycle Safety Tips

There are many ways you can lower your chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident when you go out for a ride. Keep these safety tips in mind before you go out for your next ride.

  • Look over your motorcycle before going out. Circle the bike completely, doing a visual check-over of all of its parts
  • Always wear a helmet when riding. Although Illinois does not have a requirement for motorcycle riders to wear helmets, wearing one can significantly lower your chance of suffering from a head injury in the event of a collision. In Illinois, 83 percent of the people who died in motorcycle accidents in 2010 were not wearing helmets
  • Never ride after consuming alcohol
  • Obey all posted speed limits and traffic signals
  • Wear safety gear such as boots or shoes that cover your ankles, non-slip gloves, and a durable pair of pants and jacket and
  • Maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles and make sure all other drivers can see you. It can be difficult for other motorists to gauge a motorcycle's distance. If you plan to ride at night, wear reflective clothing to make yourself more visible to other drivers.

Although you can reduce the odds of being involved in a motorcycle accident, you cannot completely eliminate this chance. If you are involved in a crash, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention. Once you have received a diagnosis and any necessary treatment, contact an experienced attorney to begin working on your personal injury claim.

Crystal Lake Personal Injury Attorneys

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC at 800-338-3833 or fill out the online contact form to discuss your case with one of the dedicated Crystal Lake personal injury attorneys at our firm. Our team of personal injury attorneys understands the impact that a motorcycle injury can have on your life and will work hard to get you the monetary compensation you deserve.

Do not wait to contact our firm. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Illinois is two years following your accident in most cases and only one year following it when your claim is against a government entity. Once this time frame passes, you may no longer file your claim and recover compensation.

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