Though motorcycles are increasing in popularity in Illinois, they are still significantly outnumbered by other forms of vehicles like cars and trucks. As a result, motorcycles are involved in a small number of collisions in the state but when an accident does occur, the results are more likely to be severe than if a larger vehicle crashed. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, motorcycles made up only 1.2 percent of all traffic-related collisions in 2013 but they were responsible for 4.1 percent of all the accidents that caused injuries. Even more troubling, motorcycle accidents accounted for 15.8 percent of all fatal accidents that year.
You may be one of the tens of thousands of people who own a motorcycle in Illinois, but even if you are not, motorcycle safety and motorcycle accidents should still be concerning to you. These crashes can happen to anyone at any time – even the driver of a car can be involved in a crash with a biker. Further, the fallout from these collisions cause millions of dollars in damages annually as victims are forced to seek medical assistance, may miss time from work, and must endure pain and suffering. These losses can affect the family, friends, and coworkers of injured victims as well as the victims themselves, stretching the reach of the accident beyond the immediate parties that were involved.
Victims who are injured in these motorcycle collisions may be able to obtain financial compensation for their losses through the use of a civil claim. Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney can help clarify your options if you have been injured or if your loved one was hurt or killed while in the Chicago area.
Police in Carpentersville have confirmed that a 38-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle accident on Saturday night and that several other people were injured. The incident occurred near the intersection of Marian Road and Route 25 but few details about the crash itself, including the suspected cause, have been released. Police have confirmed that the victim was riding a motorcycle in the area when a collision happened between the biker and a nearby SUV.
It does not appear that anyone else was on the motorcycle at the time but several people were inside the SUV and they complained of injuries that are believed to be minor.
After an accident happens, it may be difficult for a victim to comprehend the totality of the legal issues that may emanate from the incident and many victims are unsure about their personal right to help. At Abels & Annes, P.C., our firm is made up only of personal injury attorneys and those dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims and we are ready to help you understand your crash if you have been hurt.
You can call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 where you can speak with a licensed lawyer about your case. We offer a free consultation without obligation to those who call us and everything discussed will always be kept confidential.
If you have questions or are unsure of your options following a motorcycle accident in the Chicago area, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
SUV Strikes School Bus in Park Ridge, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published May 11, 2015.
Lombard man dies in Carpentersville motorcycle crash, by Erin Sauder, Chicago Tribune, published May 11, 2015.