About Motorcycle Accidents in Chicago

One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is the inability of car drivers to see motorcycle riders: approximately 75 percent of accidents between cars and motorcycles occur because the motorist did not see the motorcyclist. In addition, close to half of all motorcycle accidents take place at turns and corners. When a motorcycle accident occurs without the involvement of another motor vehicle, two out of three times it is a result of excessive speed.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, Steinberg Goodman & Kalish can help. Our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers can investigate the causes of the accident, gather and consolidate evidence and witness statements, and build a winning case for accident victims. Please contact Steinberg Goodman & Kalish right away to begin fighting for the compensation you deserve.

Motorcycle Accident FAQs

Following are some helpful answers to a sample of the many frequently asked questions heard by our Chicago motorcycle lawyers. The attorneys at Steinberg Goodman & Kalish have been committed to representing injury victims and their families since 1931 — that's more than 70 years of aggressive legal work and compassionate support. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident — or have a loved one who was involved — please do not hesitate: contact us today.

Q: What are the most common injuries in a motorcycle accident?

A: Perhaps the two most common forms of injury sustained in a motorcycle accident are traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Because a motorcyclist's body is essentially unprotected in a collision, being thrown off the bike upon impact occurs frequently. Even seemingly minor collisions can cause severe and lasting injuries, such as quadriplegia and paraplegia. Other common injuries include broken legs, arms, pelvis, and back.

To protect yourself from possible accidents, it is important to always wear a helmet and other necessary gear such as a heavy jacket and pants, gloves, and sunglasses or goggles. Always use a headlight and reflective material when riding to help other motorists know you're there. And most importantly, make sure that other drivers can see you — always assume you are invisible, and take extra measures to guarantee your visibility.

Q: My husband was paralyzed after being struck by a reckless driver and now cannot work; what kind of compensation can we expect to receive?

A: Some of the possible damages received by motorcycle accident victims are coverage of present and future medical bills, lost wages and benefits, coverage of physical therapy, injury-related medications and equipment (e.g. wheelchair, specially designed vehicles), pain and suffering, and even punitive damages.

The amount of compensation can vary depending upon the circumstances and strength of your case. Please contact the Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers of Steinberg Goodman & Kalish today. Our attorneys can provide a complimentary case review and will begin working on your case right away.

Q: I was recently in a motorcycle accident and sustained some minor but painful injuries; now the motorist's insurance company is refusing to pay for my medical bills what should I do?

A: After any type of motor vehicle accident, it is crucial to get as much official documentation about the accident as possible. This includes photographs of the incident, the damage to the involved vehicles, and any injuries sustained, if possible. Also, NEVER accept a check or give a signed statement to either your or the other motorist's insurance company before speaking with one of our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers.

If you have been in an accident and the other motorist is refusing to compensate you for the damage and injuries you sustained, please contact Steinberg Goodman & Kalish right away. Our Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys have worked on numerous successful accident cases and are experienced in recovering lost or withheld compensation for accident victims.