Having an understanding of all of the rules of the road that are applicable to motorcycle injuries and accidents is important if you are seeking damages from an at-fault driver. Insurance companies will undoubtedly go over your case with a fine toothed comb in order to find ways to shift the blame from their clients to the motorcyclist. A qualified motorcycle injury attorney can review your case and notify you of the possible angles that the defense is going to take and how to present your case most efficiently so that you are able to collect the damages that are owed to you.
Insurance and Licensing Requirements For Illinois Motorcyclists
Illinois state law mandates certain procedures that all riders must follow in order to obtain a motorcycle license and requires a license that is applicable to the type of motorcycle that is operated. Riders are also required to own insurance coverage on their bikes in the event of an accident. Making sure that you are insured and that your license is current and valid will prevent insurance companies from claiming that your case is flawed due to having the wrong license or being uninsured— which can come with a heavy fine and license plate suspension.
Safety Equipment Mandated By The Illinois Legislature For Motor Bikers
Each state has differing laws regarding what equipment a motorcyclist is required to wear while on the road. In Illinois, helmets are not mandated, but eye protection is, in order to prevent accidents that result from the rider getting debris in his or her eyes. If you failed to follow these laws during your accident, the defense may use it as ammunition to take blame off of the at-fault driver. The defense may even argue that your wounds would not have been as severe if you had followed the law and worn the proper equipment.
Unsafe Maneuvers Prohibited To Make The Roads Safe For All
Making risky decisions can make your case look less legitimate if the defense can use those decisions to argue that you share responsibility for the accident. It is important to know the laws regarding practices such as lane splitting as well as when you are given the right of way in an intersection. Drivers making unsafe maneuvers such as making a left turn while a motorcycle was turning right from the opposite direction must also be considered and reported in order to help your case.
Statute of Limitations For Filing An Illinois Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
From the time of your accident, the clock begins to tick and you need to put your case together before it is no longer legal to file a lawsuit. Statute of Limitations laws vary from state to state, but it is always a good idea to begin working on your case as soon as possible so that you are able to file ahead of the deadline and so that your attorney is able to fully investigate the details of your accident.
Regardless of the circumstances, if you have been injured in an Illinois motorcycle accident, you should retain legal representation. Even if you were not following the law, an injury lawyer can argue on your behalf if the cause of your accident was the result of actions of another person and not your failure to follow proper procedure. Letting your attorney know both the favorable and unfavorable details will help him or her put together your case and present it in the most effective way possible in order to achieve the goal of collecting damages on your behalf.
Have more questions about Illinois motorcycle laws or an incident in which you were involved?
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