On average, motorcycle accidents are more likely to produce injuries or to cause death than comparable car accidents in Chicago and elsewhere across the nation. Annually, motorcycles are involved in approximately 1.5 percent of all traffic accidents yet bike riders make up 3.5 percent of all traffic injuries and nearly 16 percent of all fatalities, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The victims of motorcycle collisions can be injured and can be forced to bear the suffering that comes along with these accidents. Though nothing can undue a crash, those who are injured in motor vehicle collisions, including motorcycle accidents, may be entitled to seek legal relief for their damages from an at-fault driver, responsible vehicle owner, or other person or entity. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a crash or your legal rights if your loved one has lost his or her life.
Authorities in Schaumburg were alerted to a collision between a car and a motorcycle yesterday afternoon near the intersection of Roselle Road and Hartford Drive. It is not clear at this time what caused the incident but the motorcycle and the vehicle collided, leading to injuries on behalf of the biker and the woman driving the car.
The injuries sustained by the biker, identified as a 23-year-old man living in Hoffman Estates, were too severe and he was pronounced dead while still at the scene. The female driver of the car was the only occupant of that vehicle. She was transported by ambulance to St. Alexius Medical Center for treatment where she is expected to recover.
As the investigation into this incident continues, it is possible that traffic citations will issue. Officials have not stated what they believe to be contributing factors at this time or whether either driver acted in a negligent manner prior to the impact.
Motorcyclists are entitled to ride the roads of Chicago the same as any vehicle is entitled to drive. Yet those around bikers do not always respect the rights of the riders, putting the biker in danger for a collision. If an accident does result, the biker almost always sustains greater injuries than a driver enclosed in a vehicle, like a car, truck, or van.
Legal relief to these victims is possible through the use of a civil claim for damages, an option possessed by victims to seek financial compensation to cover damages like medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In the tragic case that a biker is killed, the right to seek a recovery may belong to the motorcyclist’s surviving family.
The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. believe in fighting for victims’ rights and we want to fight for you. We offer a free case consultation 24/7/365 and we can be reached toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575. There is no obligation on your part for speaking with us and all information will be kept confidential.
If a motorcycle accident has left you hurt, do not continue to suffer with time. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you get a recovery you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Chicago Car Crash Likely Caused by Illegal Turn, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published July 28, 2014.
Motorcyclist, 23, dies during Schaumburg crash, Chicago Tribune, published July 28, 2014.