The Chicago motorcycle attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. recently settled a case on behalf of a client who was injured while a passenger on a motorcycle. The settlement is for the available uninsured policy limits of $100,000.
This claim stems from a motorcycle accident last summer in Chicago. Our client was a passenger on the bike that was traveling westbound in the city. As she entered an intersection, a taxi cab heading northbound ran a red light and struck the rear tire of the bike and caused the bike to crash. Our client was thrown from the bike and landed some distance away on the pavement, sustaining serious injuries. The taxi fled the scene of the crash without stopping to see if the victim was hurt and without providing any identification information to our client or the police.
Our client was taken by ambulance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Emergency Room where she complained of significant pain across her body. She had numerous cuts and abrasions that needed to be cleaned so doctors sedated our client to minimize the pain associated with this procedure. She was discharged from the hospital but her wounds did not heal as doctors intended, requiring our client to have her wounds debrided and medically treated until they eventually closed. Our client sustained some permanent scarring as a result of her injuries and endured a lot of pain. She may need future surgery to reduce the visibility of her scars but some scarring will always remain.
Our attorneys brought a claim against the uninsured motorist provisions of the motorcyclist's insurance policy. Most drivers in Illinois have this type of coverage and it applies to accidents where an at-fault driver fled the scene. The available insurance in this matter was $100,000 and our attorneys were able to recover this full amount without having to file a lawsuit. We also represent the motorcycle driver in this case and her claim is still pending.