Geneva & Sycamore Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Has an Injury Left You Sidelined in DeKalb, Kane & Kendall Counties and All of Northern Illinois?
Because many people assume motorcycles are inherently dangerous, cases concerning motorcycle accidents can be complicated. Jurors may be preconditioned against motorcycle injury claimants because of their unfounded assumptions.
At Turner Law Group, we allow you to recuperate from injuries while we negotiate with insurance company representatives. Our experienced and persistent legal team will take immediate action to document vital details and preserve evidence. Because obtaining substantial settlements is of paramount importance, our motorcycle accident attorneys in Geneva and Sycamore will work tirelessly to provide you with one-on-one attention.
Additionally, we are not afraid to take a case to trial; in fact, we’ve successfully settled multimillion-dollar cases in court.
Common Motorcycle Injuries
In Illinois, it is not mandatory for motorcyclists to wear helmets. Therefore, many motorcycle accident-related injuries involve brain trauma.
Other common motorcycle injuries include:
- Loss of limbs
- Back and neck injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Joint injuries
Primary Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents typically occur because drivers and other motorists simply do not see motorcyclists while traveling.
While motorcyclists need to practice safety on the road, responsibility in accidents does not rest entirely on them. In order to receive restitution for injuries caused by a motorcycle accident, the injured party must properly establish that the driver of the other vehicle was at fault or negligent.
Examples of negligent behavior that can prove the other drive was at fault include:
- A driver failing to keep a proper lookout for motorcyclists
- A driver operating their vehicle while under the influence
- A driver improperly measuring the speed or distance of the motorcyclist
- A driver failing to follow streetlights, stop signs, or other traffic controls
- A driver who was speeding
- A driver failing to properly yield to a motorcyclist
Illinois Motorcycle Accident FAQ
Our skilled personal injury lawyers answer some of the most common questions regarding motorcycle accidents and motorcycle laws in the state of Illinois. Don't see your question here? Feel free to reach out to our motorcycle accident attorneys in Geneva and Sycamore or visit our Personal Injury Blog for more information.
What is Illinois' motorcycle helmet law?
While Illinois does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets while riding, they do require riders to wear goggles or glasses if their motorcycle does not have a windshield. While you are not required to wear a helmet, it's important to remember in the event of an accident a helmet can drastically reduce the severity of the injuries you may suffer, and may in turn help place the fault for the accident squarely on the motorist responsible, rather than sharing the fault between the driver and the motorist.
How common are motorcycle accidents in Illinois?
Illinois motorcycle accident statistics reported by the Illinois Department of Transportation show that in 2017 motorcycle accidents accounted for 15.4% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in the state. Motorcycle accidents also accounted for 3.5% of injury crashes. In total there were over 2,500 motorcyclists injured in 2017 and 160 deaths. The most common ages for both injuries and deaths were age 45 or older.
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