While motorcyclists are given the same rights on the road as the driver of any other motor vehicle, other people tend not to respect those rights or overlook the presence of motorcycles — resulting in accidents and causing severe injuries. Motorcycles do not offer the same level of protection that cars and trucks do and even accidents at low speeds can be the cause of life altering or ending injuries. The Chicago Injury Center is committed to ensuring that motorcyclists are able to recover from their injuries without needing to endure an undue financial burden because of the actions of another person.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Cases
Many motorcycle accidents occur because the other driver either failed to notice the motorcycle or did not respect the right of the motorcyclist to occupy the space on the road that he or she was in at the time of the accident. Some common motorcycle accident cases include the following.
- Turning collisions; which occur when a driver fails to notice a motorcyclist at an intersection and turns in front of or into the cyclist. This occurs more frequently during left turns when drivers turn into oncoming motorcyclists but may occur while making a right turn as well. While many of these accidents occur at slower speeds, it is important to realize that the limited protection motorcyclists have puts them at risk of sustaining serious injuries even at speeds of fifteen to thirty miles per hour.
- Passenger injuries; which can occur due to a collision with a vehicle or an error on the part of the person operating the motorcycle. Not all passenger injuries occur because of a collision with a motor vehicle. Whichever party is at fault for the accident is also responsible for any injuries that a passenger endures during or as a result of the accident.
- Hit and run accidents. It is against the law to leave the scene of an accident, but it is an unfortunate reality that some people flee the scene due to the fear of being caught without insurance or to try to avoid responsibility for the accident if it is clear they were at fault. In many cases, the victim’s insurance offers coverage that protects the victim in the event of a hit and run accident.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to know your rights before communicating with insurance companies or the responsible party. The Chicago Injury Center’s motorcycle injury law team has a proven track record in handling cases that may be similar to your own and our lawyers are happy to answer any questions that you may have and to help you make the steps needed to recover the compensation you need to be able to treat your injuries and move forward. Contact us today for a free consultation so that we can review your case and advice you on your legal options. If for any reason we are unable to recover compensation on your behalf, our services will come free of charge.