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.
As this case shows, there are often many types of claims and issues involved in a single case. Here, there was a hit-and-run accident involving a taxi and a motorcycle. The client was a passenger on the motorcycle which means that there could be claims against multiple drivers made for causing her injuries. As experienced motorcycle lawyers, we were able to synthesize the facts and proceed in the client’s best interests, getting her the best result possible.
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle crash, we may be able to help you as well. Our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers will provide you with a free case consultation 24 hours a day at (312) 924-7575 and will answer any questions you may have. Do not wait as the law requires claims be brought within a certain period of time, so please call us now and let us help you get a recovery you deserved.
Prior Blog Entries:
CTA Driver Burned by Coffee-Throwing Rider, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 24, 2013.
2-Year-Old Boy Dies after Drowning in Bartlett Pool, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 22, 2013.