Marion Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycles are a popular means of transportation in Illinois both for necessary travel and for recreation. Roughly 4% of Illinois’s over 10 million registered vehicles are motorcycles. With so many motorcycles on the road however, there are also many motorcycle accidents. And unfortunately, accidents involving motorcycles often have tragic results for motorcyclists and their passengers. If you have been injured or if someone close to you has been killed in a motorcycle accident in Southern Illinois, contact the Marion motorcycle accident attorneys at the Prince Law Firm. For over 20 years, our firm has focused exclusively on personal injury cases, and we have extensive experience representing the victims of motorcycle accidents.
Illinois Motorcycle Accident Facts
The Illinois Department of Transportation Crash Data statistics show that there were 3,869 crashes involving motorcycles across the state in 2011. Of the 151 fatalities resulting from these accidents, a staggering 96% were to the motorcycle occupants—either drivers or passengers. And nearly 78% of all motorcycle accidents resulted in an injury to the motorcyclist or motorcycle passenger.
Many Motorcycle Accidents Are Caused by Negligent Motorists
Many vehicle accident cases involve some sort of negligence by at least one of the vehicle operators involved. Under Illinois law, negligence is proven by showing that:
- A defendant owed a duty to a plaintiff;
- The defendant breached the duty;
- The breach caused an injury; and
- The plaintiff suffered damages to person and/or property.
All users of the road owe a duty to other users of the road to follow all traffic laws and rules, whether they are truckers, motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or even pedestrians. When one party breaches this duty by committing some sort of infraction—such as speeding, driving under the influence, running a red light, making an illegal turn, or failing to check mirrors before changing lanes—and ends up causing an accident, that individual may be held liable for all the damages suffered by others, including:
- Medical costs;
- Pain and suffering;
- Lost income;
- Loss of income potential; and/or
- Any other applicable damages.
Consequently, in every accident, it is critical to determine who is at fault. And when it comes to motorcycle accidents, many are caused by motorists who fail to notice motorcyclists when maneuvering in traffic. Because of their minimal profile, motorcycles are harder to see than other vehicles. In well over 50% of all motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle, the other vehicle collides with the motorcyclist when the motorcyclist is simply moving straight ahead. This can happen when a motorist:
- Pulls out in front of a motorcycle from a side street, driveway, or parking lot;
- Makes a turn into the pathway of an oncoming motorcycle from either the same or a different direction;
- Cuts a motorcyclist off when merging; or
- Attempts to pass another car without noticing a motorcyclist in either the passing or target lane.
Seek Advice from a Qualified Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer
Even if you believe that you can adequately settle your case with an insurer or another party, it is critical to get advice before you agree to any settlements or make any statements. Too often, people assume that other parties will deal honestly and openly with them, only to find out that they have forfeited important rights. In addition, some injuries may end up being more costly to treat than expected, or will have serious and permanent impacts over an extended period. An accident victim may agree to settlement that seems generous at the moment, but which ends up being seriously deficient as the costs of an injury manifest themselves over time.
Do not make the mistake of being victimized twice: once by the accident, and once by insurers or other parties who will take advantage of someone in a vulnerable position. Call us today.
Helping Motorcycle Accident Victims Recover Fair Compensation
If you have been injured, or a close relative has been seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, consult the experienced Southern Illinois personal injury lawyers at the Prince Law Firm for a free consultation regarding your potential case. After listening to your story, we can explain to you what your rights are and whether you may be able to obtain compensation for the injuries you have sustained. Call 618.997.2111 or use the online contact form to set up your evaluation, either at our office in Marion or at a location that is convenient for you. We serve clients in communities including Benton, Harrisburg, (Saline County), and West Frankfort (Franklin County). We never charge a fee for consulting on a new case, and our clients pay no fees at all unless we recover damages for them.