Like anyone on the road, motorcycle riders are susceptible to crashes. Although motorcycle riders often seem to get labeled as being reckless and risky motorists, in fact many of these crashes are caused by motorists in passenger vehicles and trucks.
Were you or a loved one injured in a motorcycle crash? The experienced accident attorneys at Sklare Law Group may be able to help you pursue maximum compensation and justice for your injuries. The only way to know for sure is to give us a call for a free case review, at 312-471-7777. We can provide you with the clear answers you need.
To learn more about these types of crashes in Chicago and the surrounding areas, please review our guide below:
- Motorcycle Accident Injuries
- Negligence and Motorcycle Accidents
- Defective Motorcycle Claims
- Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
- Whose Fault Is It?
- Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- Do You Have a Claim?
- Motorcycle Accident Compensation
- Your Consultation in Chicago
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycles don't offer protection. Leather riding gear, helmets and boots are important to reducing burns and other injuries. But in the event of a crash, catastrophic trauma can result:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Amputating injuries
These injuries cause a great deal of physical pain and suffering. You may be in anguish, feeling frustrated and perhaps angry about the accident that injured you. On top of all this you may have medical bills and financial strife attached to the injury. It is for all of these things and others that we pursue compensation on your behalf.
Negligence and Motorcycle Accidents
The lawyers at Sklare Law Group resolve accident claims involving negligence. You can think of negligence as carelessness. When someone else – another driver – is careless and fails to fulfill their basic duties as a driver, then they may cause a crash. For example, someone speeding is carelessly ignoring posted speed limits and putting others at risk.
We represent victims of accidents every day. In our experience, some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Motorist making a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle
- Motorist failing to provide motorcycle the full width of the lane
- Failing to accurately judge the speed of a motorcycle
- Failing to see and recognize a motorcycle
- Following a motorcycle too closely
If you aren't sure whether the cause of your accident was negligence, we encourage you to give us a call. We have many years of experience with these claims and can determine if negligence is present.
Defective Motorcycle Claims
It is possible that the "someone else" who causes the crash is not actually another motorist, but a designer, manufacturer or assembler of the motorcycle or motorcycle parts. When the crash is caused by the defect, then you may have a claim to make against the responsible party. Examples include:
- Defective vehicle
- Defective vehicle parts
- Defective safety gear
- Dangerously designed roads
In these claims, our attorneys investigate your crash to determine who is responsible for the defect. We must also work to show how the crash was a direct result of the defect.
Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 4,580 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2014. The NHTSA says these deaths were 27 times more frequent than deaths that occurred in other types of vehicles.
If your loved one was killed in a motorcycle crash because of someone else's carelessness, our attorneys can help. We have seen with our own eyes just how tragic these circumstances are. We know that no amount of compensation can undo the harm that has been done, but we want to fight aggressively on your behalf. Compensation and accountability can help you and your loved ones rebuild your lives following this irrevocable loss.
Whose Fault Is It?
The person at-fault for causing the crash is known as the liable party. Typically they are one of the following:
- Other motorists
- Other motorcyclists
- Vehicle manufacturers
- Vehicle designers
- Road designers
Part of our job is to determine who is responsible and how. We use these findings to build a case for why you need and deserve maximum compensation.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycle accidents are widespread throughout the US. Motorcycle riding is a beloved hobby for some and a lifestyle for others. Motorcycles themselves offer no protection, so uncontrollable things like bad weather can be more dangerous. Debris in the road or problems with the roadway itself can also be cataclysmic. But negligence is also a common cause.
For a better understanding of the context, consider the following statistics:
- 4,976 motorcyclists killed in 2015, up 8.3% from 2014
- 88,000 motorcyclists injured in 2015
- In 2015, motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities
As a motorcycle rider, you can prevent serious injury by wearing a DOT-compliant helmet and appropriate gear. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about the actions of careless drivers. But when a careless driver causes you to crash, we urge you to call us for help.
Do You Have a Claim?
The only way to know for sure is to give our attorneys a call. All of our attorneys have extensive experience with accident claims. They know what to look for, and they know what the insurance companies are looking for. Some of the essential elements include the following:
- Your crash was the direct result of someone else's negligence
- You suffered injuries as a result of the crash
- You are experiencing losses and other consequences as a result of the injuries
Sklare Law Group was founded by brothers Ronald and Richard Sklare. We are firmly committed to offering our clients the same high-quality, transparent services and communication that we would provide our own family members. You can rely on us to answer your questions and concerns as they arise, and to provide you with clear, honest information about your claim.
Motorcycle Accident Compensation
In a claim handled by our attorneys, we will fight aggressively for each and every dollar you need and deserve. Each case is different, but we are often fighting for compensation for the following things and others:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Pain and suffering
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may require adaptive medical equipment or modifications to your home so that you can still get around. Motorcycle accidents easily lead to disfiguring scars, and you may require expensive scar revision or reconstructive surgery. You may need to pay for job re-training and rehabilitative care. All of these things are piled on top of your medical bills and the mental anguish you may be experiencing.
Your Consultation in Chicago
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident, or has a family member? Have you lost a loved one to a tragic bike crash? The experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Sklare Law Group stand ready to help. Call us for a free case review at 312-471-7777, or complete the contact form on this page. We are proud to serve Chicago and all of the surrounding areas.