Many people in Illinois drive motorcycles. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are often stereotyped as dangerous or reckless drivers and often don’t get treated fairly when they’re involved in an accident that was someone else’s fault. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, you deserve a skilled and understanding legal representative. A Marion, Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer from Prince Law Firm can help you with your claim.
Prince Law Firm has proudly served citizens of Illinois for years. We can help you potentially recover the following for your motorcycle accident:
- Lost Wages.
- Loss of Earnings.
- Pain and Suffering.
- Medical Expenses.
- Property Damage.
We’re committed to providing you with peace of mind that you will get a settlement than will provide financial support for your future.
Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported on the motorcycle crashes in Illinois in 2016. They found the following statistics:
- 5,286 motorcyclists died in motor vehicle accidents.
- 14 percent of all traffic fatalities are motorcyclists.
- There were 38 fatalities that occurred for motorcyclists wearing helmets.
- 116 fatalities occurred for motorcyclists not wearing helmets.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Illinois?
Southern Illinois motorcycle accidents are caused by a number of factors that have one thing in common: They were caused by negligence. If someone had been more careful, a terrible accident may have been prevented. The following factors cause motorcycle accidents:
- Speeding. Motorists that don’t follow the speed limit endanger everyone, but motorcyclists are at risk of being the victim of a high speed crash, which could have devastating injuries.
- Distracted Driving. Motorists who are on their phones while driving will not notice their surroundings or have control of their vehicle. It’s likely they won’t have time to respond if they need to brake or if they need to change lanes and don’t notice the motorcyclist next to them.
- Refusing to Yield. More aggressive motorists may expect motorcyclists to yield to them even when the motorcyclist has the right of way.
- Not Sharing the Road. Some motorists may not want to share the road, but others may not know how to pass or drive around motorcyclists. They may misjudge speed or distance and cause a collision.
When you’re driving, you owe a duty of care to the other people on the road. You’re supposed to obey traffic laws and drive safely, but some motorists don’t give this duty of care to motorcyclists. Your lawyers will find out how the driver acted negligently and prove in your case that they didn’t give you a duty of care and that’s what cause your accident, injury, and pain.
The Dangers of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Helmet Use and Brain Injuries
Currently in the United States, motorcycle helmet laws are determined by the state government. There are three categories a state could fall in for motorcycle helmet law: Universal law, partial law, and no law. Illinois is one of the three states that does not have motorcycle helmet laws.
Head and brain injuries are a major concern in a motorcycle crash because there is next to nothing protecting the motorcyclist from the impact of the crash. This is even more dangerous when the motorcyclist isn’t wearing a helmet.
A motorcycle crash can result in a motorcyclist’s head smacking against the ground or another object involved in the crash. This impact could possibly cause a concussion, break the skull, knock the brain so it hits the side of the skull, or cause internal damage like brain bleeding or swelling. These injuries could cause long-term disabilities with brain function.
Motorcyclists have a greater risk of getting burn injuries from the friction of hitting the ground. The pavement or gravel can brush against the skin and cause various degrees of burn injuries.
- First Degree. This is the least severe burn injury because it only affects the out layer of skin. Usually, the area is red and painful, but you don’t need treatment from the hospital and it will heal on its own.
- Second Degree. Burns at this level reach beneath the outer layer of skin and will most likely be painful and blistered. The area could scar. Second-degree burns should have medical attention.
- Third Degree. These burns reach far below the skin and can harm the tissue and muscles underneath. The area may not be painful because of nerve damage. Third degree burns need medical attention and could have permanent scarring or nerve damage.
Spine and Back Injuries
Getting thrown from a motorcycle could make someone land on their back and damage their spine. Severe spinal injuries can limit mobility for a period of time or cause paralysis. Nerves can be damaged and take away feeling from the injury site.
Loss of Limb
Motorcyclists are also at risk of losing a limb because they lack the protection that a car provides. Losing a limb could mean a person can no longer do their job or won’t be able to participate in activities they used to enjoy.
Motorcycle accidents can result in tragic fatalities. Unexpectedly losing a loved one is painful, but the grieving process can be interrupted with stress and worry if you depended on the loved one for financial support or ran a household with them. Prince Law Firm can work with you and file a wrongful death claim so you get justice for your loved one and can mourn without worrying about money.
How Can a Marion, IL Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help You?
You need a Southern Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer who will stand up for your rights and not settle for less than what you deserve. Prince Law Firm will do everything to win you a fair settlement. There’s a chance that your claim may need to go a step further and we’re prepared to defend your case in court.
Get in touch with us today so you can schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers. You’ll discuss your case and find how to act in your best interests.