Illinois Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

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As any motorcycle driver knows, driving one is very different from driving a regular motor vehicle. On top of learning how to ride and work it, drivers must also learn a whole new set of laws and regulations for driving it on the road. Bikers must abide by different laws, such as for passing, helmet requirements and where you can be on the road. Too often, motorcycle drivers find themselves the victim of an accident due to the negligence or carelessness of another driver on the road, one with a much larger vehicle that can do much more damage. Drivers and riders can sue those responsible in a personal injury suit, with the help of an Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer/attorney.

Finding an attorney who is prepared and experienced in the unique factors surrounding the motorcycle accident case is critical, to get compensation for mental or physical injuries, damage, loss of earnings, medical expenses, and any other damages resulting from the motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accident cases are not like car accident cases, because they require knowledge of much different laws. Having a specialized lawyer will greatly increase your chances of winning the case and recovering damages and compensation for your injuries and suffering.

In Illinois, registration and equipment laws are in place to help reduce accidents, but little is in place to educate other drivers as to their obligations. Illinois law requires motorcycles to be registered and insured, and requires protective eye wear for the operator although there is no helmet law. An experienced attorney has to deal with a growing sentiment among judges, juries, regulators, law enforcement, and medical experts that motorcycle riding is inherently risky and that the injuries negligently inflicted upon them by other drivers are actually caused by their decision to ride a motorcycle.

Some people may argue that in the instance of a motorcycle crash, that the cyclist is at fault, but it is typically not the case. They may suggest that most motorcyclists do not wear their helmets or other protective padding, or driving recklessly. The reality is, that most motorcyclists are very skilled motorists and are very aware of the dangers of maneuvering a bike and therefore take the proper precautions.

Being cut off in traffic is a fact of life for a motorcyclist, and because of such, they usually drive defensively to avoid a collision with an inattentive driver. Defensive driving is not always enough, and it is usually the motorcyclist whom pays the price. Every motorcycle accident is considered a serious accident, because motorcycles offer very little protection, a bike crash generally results in serious injuries. These can range from traumatic brain injuries to spinal cord injuries, to wrongful deaths.

Depending on the level of injury and damage, you may have no choice but to find a lawyer to fight for you. Your attorney will also probably send you to a doctor they are familiar with and that they can trust. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis meaning you pay nothing unless you win your case. The fee will then be deducted from your award. You only have a period of 2 years from the time of the accident to get the case into action, so starting sooner rather than later can have a major impact on the outcome.


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