Two wheeled vehicles are becoming increasingly more popular and we are seeing more motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and other motorized bikes on the road than we have ever seen before. With the rise in popularity of motorcycles has also come a rise in the number of accidents involving motorcyclists. More often than not, these accidents are the result of a driver failing to see the person on the bike or failing to give the cyclist enough room on the road.
Motorcycle riders exposed to injuries from head to toe to risk of serious injury in a collision
Injuries to the lower extremities are the most common type of injury associated with motorcycle accidents, but injuries to the head and neck come in second, with 22% of motorcycle accidents resulting in some form of trauma to the head or neck. These injuries can result in traumatic brain injuries and injuries to the spine that can cause temporary or permanent paralysis. Injuries to the brain can range from concussions to damage that will permanently affect the victim’s motor skills, ability to concentrate, memory and speech. In many cases, the person on the bike will never fully recover from his or her injuries and the medical costs that come with continued care can be extreme.
Significant injuries, significant medical expenses involved in most Chicago motorcycle accident claims
Injuries that result in deep cuts or lacerations can also come with a great financial burden. When muscles and nerves are severed in an accident, it makes the recovery process long and painful. The resulting bills for initial care and physical therapy can easily break the bank. The same is true of injuries that result in fractures that require surgery in order to allow the broken bones to heal properly. In many cases, these surgeries may require the insertion of medical devices either internally or externally in order to make corrections to the placement of the bone and such procedures can be both painful and expensive.
Forces from motorcycle crashes result in catastrophic injuries to operators and passengers
Because of the sheer force of impact at high speeds and the limited protection that is afforded a rider, injuries may also result in infections, amputations and even death. While injuries to the lower extremities and to the head and neck occur more frequently than injuries to the arms or hands, such injuries are more likely to result in amputation than injuries below the waist. Not only is the cost for treatment high but the life changing consequences of the accident need to be taken into consideration in an injury case.
Unique legal considerations for Chicago motorcyclists injured in an accident
A motorist does not need to make physical contact between his or her vehicle and a motorcycle in order to be liable for an accident under Illinois law. If the motorist cut the cyclist off or took an action that caused injury to the person on the bike as a result of an evasive maneuver in an attempt to avoid an accident, that motorist is still at fault. If the person at fault is insured, his or her insurance should cover the cost of hospitalization and any care that is required for recovery.
The age of the injured person should be taken into account as well, due to the fact that many motorcycle accidents involve persons that are younger. The highest rates of injury and death are among those in the age range of 20-24 followed by those who are between 25-29 years of age. Injuries that require care for the rest of the injured person’s life are especially expensive and require compensation from the liable party.
Considering all of these costs, an experienced injury lawyer should be able to determine if your costs will be met through the liable party’s car insurance and your own health insurance. In the event that these costs cannot be met through insurance, it may be determined that it is appropriate to proceed with a lawsuit.
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