While the number of motor vehicle related deaths has declined in recent years, the opposite is true of motorcycle injury deaths, which have increased at an alarming rate over the last decade. Because riders on two wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles, mopeds, scooters and other motorized bikes have limited protection, it is easy for them to sustain severe trauma or death in an accident, while other vehicles have more advanced safety features that have saved lives. Many fatal accidents involving motorcycles are the fault of the other driver, who often failed to see the person or yield the right of way.
Irresponsible motorists, motorcyclists killed with too much frequency on Illinois roads
During the seven year period between 2001 and 2008, approximately 1.2 million people were treated in an emergency room for injuries related to a motorcycle accident. 34,000 deaths were reported during this time period, and what is most alarming is that the death rate has more than doubled since 1999. While the rise in the number of people riding motorcycles over the last decade may contribute to the rising death rate, the biggest culprit is irresponsibility on the part of the motorists who hit the cyclists. When traveling at high speeds, the force that is exerted on the body during a collision is so great that skin can be ripped off of limbs, bones can shatter upon impact and any type of injury to the head or neck can leave a person paralyzed or dead.
Poor decisions resulting in fatal Chicago motorcycle collisions
More times than not, the person on the motorcycle is not at fault in an accident involving another motor vehicle. Driver negligence and recklessness are two common causes of accidents that involve a car and a motorcycle. The driver will forget to check a blind spot, not give the motorcyclist enough space or cut in front of the motorcyclist. In the event that a person is killed as a result of an act of negligence, a wrongful death suit may be brought against the responsible party by the family of the deceased.
In the case of younger persons, the parents usually file the wrongful death case and in other cases, it is either the spouse or children of the deceased that brings the matter to court. Each state has different statutes regarding who may sue on behalf of the death of a loved one, so it is best to speak with an experienced motorcycle attorney in order to find out the requirements for your own area. Typically, parents may no longer sue on behalf of a child once the child is married or living on his own while similarly, some states only allow minor children to sue on behalf of a deceased parent.
Chicago bereavement lawyers fighting for the rights of families of deceased motorcyclists
At Chicago Injury Center, we are able to review your case and determine the best course of action to take in the event that your loved one has died in a motorcycle accident. We have offices in Chicago and throughout Illinois, but we serve clients throughout the entire country. We will work with insurance companies in order to secure the highest possible reward in damages for your case. You may schedule a consultation at no charge and we will never ask for a fee unless we are able to collect damages for you.
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