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.
Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Head and brain injuries: Though riders in Illinois have the option to wear helmets or forgo them, severe head trauma and brain injuries can occur as a result of a collision. This can result in traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion, PTSD and similar serious physical and mental injuries.
Amputation injuries: During the course of a collision with another vehicle or a fall from a motorcycle the body can suffer severe damage of an arm, leg, hand or digit. Amputation can occur during the crash or as an essential part of a surgical operation after the crash.
Back and spinal cord injuries: Some Chicago motorcyclists do protect themselves properly with armor-reinforced jackets and back protectors; however, a serious crash can still cause compression fractures, broken vertebrae, neck injuries, whiplash injuries, disc injuries, pinched nerves, and cervical and lumbar herniation.
Broken bones: The force of a crash and the weight of the vehicles involved make broken bones common during a crash or collision. Bone fractures may be categorized as simple, complex, comminuted or avulsion. Breaks can occur in the arms, hands, legs, feet, ribs and other areas of the body.
Burn injuries: Fuel, sparks and excess friction can all combine to cause explosions and fires during and after a collision between motorcycle and other objects. 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns can result. These burn injuries can be life-changing and require lengthy surgery and recoveries.
Soft tissue injuries: Not necessarily visible to the naked eye directly after a motorcycle crash or collision, soft tissue injuries to internal organs and body structures are also a common injury resulting from motorcycle accidents.
Abrasions and lacerations: Less serious but no less painful, cuts, scrapes, road rash, and bruises are all very likely if a motorcyclist has been in an accident. These can be caused by bodily contact with the road, broken glass, metal, sharp plastic and other unforgiving surfaces.
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 90 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: 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.