The number of registered motorcycles in Illinois has increased approximately 76 percent since 1999, an indication that riding is becoming an increasingly popular means of transportation, as well as entertainment throughout the state. Many of these bikes can be found in Chicago because their owners either live in, work in, or visit the city on occasion. Motorcycle riders are legally authorized to have the same access to the streets as any other vehicle and all other drivers are required to operate in a manner that is safe for bikers. But despite the large number of riders and their legal rights, too often drivers ignore motorcycles and cause collisions.
When a motorcycle accident happens in Chicago, an injured rider may be entitled to financial relief. A personal injury lawyer can help a victim understand the legal ramifications of an accident including whether a claim for damages is available. These claims can help a rider recover for the medical expenses he or she has incurred as well as other damages like lost wages, pain and suffering, and the permanency of the injuries that result from the crash.
In the worst accidents, a rider is killed, and no amount of compensation can ever cover those losses. But the right to seek a recovery in those cases may still be available to the victim’s family members and can ease the financial burden enacted by the loss of a loved one.
Chicago police were alerted to a motorcycle accident this morning in the Budlong Woods neighborhood. The incident, which occurred on North Lincoln Avenue shortly before 1:00 a.m., involved only the motorcycle. At this time, officials believe the rider struck a curb, leading to the rider’s ejection from the bike. Emergency personnel responded and transported the 28-year-old male rider to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center but the man’s injuries were too severe and he was pronounced dead this morning.
When a motorcycle accident occurs and an injury results in Chicago, those injured may be entitled to relief. The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. have experience representing the victims of motorcycle crashes and they are standing by to help you now.
We offer a free case consultation to all injury victims who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we have a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. If you prefer to meet with us in person but you are too injured to travel to our offices, we also offer free in-home and in-hospital consultations. There is no obligation on your part for taking advantage of the free consultation and everything discussed will remain confidential.
If you have been hurt in an accident, do not allow yourself to continue to be victimized. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you get the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Motorcyclist Dead After Crash with Semi Truck, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published May 14, 2014.
Motorcyclist killed in Northwest Side crash, by Adam Sege, Chicago Tribune, published May 19, 2014.