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Geneva & Sycamore Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Defending Clients Suffering From Motorcycle Accident Injuries in DeKalb, Kane & Kendall Counties

Because many people assume motorcycles are inherently dangerous, cases concerning motorcycle accidents can be complicated. Because of their unfounded assumptions, jurors may be preconditioned against motorcycle injury claimants. 

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 paramount, our motorcycle accident attorneys in Geneva and Sycamore will tirelessly provide you with one-on-one attention.

Additionally, we are not afraid to take a case to trial; we’ve successfully settled multimillion-dollar cases in court.   

Call Turner Law Group today at (800) 653-0198 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our motorcycle accident attorney in Geneva & Sycamore!

Primary Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can stem from various factors, including:

  • Distraction while driving: Drivers fail to pay attention to the road or other vehicles.
  • Lane splitting: Motorcyclists navigating between lanes of slow-moving or stationary traffic.
  • Speeding: Excessive speed reduces reaction time and exacerbates the severity of accidents.
  • Failure to yield: Drivers neglect to yield the right of way to motorcycles at intersections or during merges.
  • Hazardous road conditions: Potholes, debris, or slippery surfaces pose risks to motorcyclists.
  • Driving under the influence: Impaired judgment and coordination due to alcohol or drugs, leading to accidents.

Understanding these common causes is crucial for building a robust case and holding negligent parties accountable.

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 and 3.5% of injury crashes. In total, over 2,500 motorcyclists were injured in 2017, and 160 died. The most common ages for both injuries and deaths were 45 or older.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

In Illinois, motorcyclists don't need 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
  • Paralysis
  • Lacerations
  • Fractures
  • Joint injuries

What is Illinois' Motorcycle Helmet Law?

While Illinois does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets while riding, they 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 that in an accident, a helmet can drastically reduce the severity of the injuries you may suffer. It may, in turn, help place the fault for the accident squarely on the motorist's responsibility rather than sharing the fault between the driver and the motorist.

What Types of Compensation Are Available in a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?

In a motorcycle accident claim, individuals harmed in such incidents have the opportunity to pursue various types of damages, which encompass:

  • Medical Expenses: This includes coverage for hospital bills, surgical procedures, medications, rehabilitation sessions, and anticipated future medical requirements.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation is provided for income lost due to the inability to work during recovery.
  • Pain and Suffering: Damages extend to physical pain, emotional distress, and the overall reduction in the quality of life experienced as a result of the accident.
  • Property Damage: Victims are entitled to reimbursement for repairing or replacing their damaged motorcycles and any other affected property.
  • Loss of Consortium: Compensation acknowledges the impact of injuries on personal relationships and the companionship experienced by the victim and their loved ones.
  • Punitive Damages: Additional compensation may be awarded to deter the at-fault party from engaging in similar reckless behavior.

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Motorcycle Accident Claim in Illinois?

Illinois's statute of limitations for filing a motorcycle accident claim is typically two years from the date of the accident. Prompt legal action is essential to protect your rights and ensure the timely pursuit of compensation. Delaying the filing of a claim could result in forfeiting your ability to seek damages.

Our legal team is well-versed in Illinois' statute of limitations, and other pertinent motorcycle accident claims laws. We will diligently gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and, if necessary, litigate on your behalf to secure a favorable outcome within the statutory time frame.

Contact Our Geneva & Sycamore Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today

If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident in Geneva, Sycamore, or Illinois, Turner Law Group is here to help. Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to protecting your rights and pursuing the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case and learn how we can assist you in seeking justice and recovery. 

Contact Turner Law Group today to schedule a meeting with our motorcycle accident lawyer in Geneva & Sycamore!

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Common Answers To Your Questions
  • What qualifies as a personal injury?

    A personal injury generally refers to any bodily injury sustained in an accident, from minor bruises to severe brain trauma. The most common personal injury claims arise from harm sustained from traffic wrecks, slip and fall accidents, defective products, dangerous property conditions, and medical malpractice.

  • What is the personal injury statute of limitations in Illinois?

    Under state law, the statute of limitations (or deadline) for most personal injury claims in Illinois is two years from the date of the accident. However, for claims against governmental agencies, there are special limitation periods that may be as short as a year. You should always consult with an attorney on what particular limitations period might apply to your claim. You should seek legal help immediately, as a delay may be fatal to your claim. Unless you have a special exception, your claim will be thrown out if you attempt to file after the limitations period has passed.

    Because every personal injury claim is different, it is difficult to determine an average settlement. A victim who lost a limb will likely need to receive more in medical expenses than someone who broke an arm, for instance. Although personal injury claims tend to average anywhere between $3000 to $75,000—an extremely broad range—there may be significant economic and noneconomic factors in your individual case that may indicate that your particular claim would be valued at a significantly higher figure at trial in front of a jury. An attorney can help you estimate your unique losses based on the facts of your case. The knowledge of an attorney experienced in jury verdict value is extremely important. You should be entitled to make up for your specific losses at the very least.

  • What evidence is needed for a personal injury claim?

    Necessary evidence can vary case by case depending on the specifics of your situation. However, one of the most helpful pieces of evidence is your medical records. If you can prove that you sought medical attention for a serious injury after an accident, you are more likely to receive compensation to cover the expenses associated with said injury. Other helpful evidence includes any photographs of the accident scene, accident reports, witness statements, insurance forms, receipts, and any other physical evidence related to the injury.

  • What is the average settlement for a personal injury?

    Because every personal injury claim is different, it is difficult to determine an average settlement. A victim who lost a limb will likely need to receive more in medical expenses than someone who broke an arm, for instance. This means that personal injury claims tend to average anywhere between $3000 to $75,000—an extremely broad range. An attorney can help you estimate your unique losses based on the facts of your case. You should be entitled to make up for your specific losses at the very least.