Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Illinois
Every personal injury lawyer at the Makarone Law Firm legal firm is all too familiar with the struggles and uphill battle that motorcyclists face after they been in a collision with another vehicle and are trying to recover from their injuries. Sadly, many of them do not survive, leaving their spouse and children to struggle financially without them. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are all too common in cities like Des Plaines , Downers Grove , Aurora and Cicero .
The reality with motorcycle accidents is that they rarely end well as most result in either catastrophic of fatal injuries. Unlike motorists in other vehicles and their passengers, a motorcyclist is extremely vulnerable because of their lack of protection. Other than their helmets and leathers (if they are wearing these items), they are at the mercy of every other vehicle on the state’s highways and streets. And that is why at high speeds, any collision leaves the motorcycle riders vulnerable and with heavy injuries.
10 Causes of Motorcycle Accidents and common Injuries
TheMakarone Law Firm personal injury lawyers have seen an increase in the number of cases An overwhelming percentage of motorcycle accidents involve other vehicles such as big rigs, cars, SUV’s, trucks, and vans. Although motorcycle accidents account for a small percentage of all traffic collisions throughout the US, 15% of all fatalities are attributed to traffic collisions involving motorcycles.
In Des Plaines , Downers Grove , Aurora and Cicero , the most common causes of motorcycle accidents that result in fatalities and serious injuries include:
- Crumbling pavement, debris, lack of signage and traffic signals, potholes, the weather, and other hazardous conditions
- Drivers not paying attention when opening the doors on their vehicles
- Driving between 2 lanes a.k.a. “lane splitting”
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Erratic or unsafe lane changes
- Inexperienced driver
- Misjudgments while making a left turn
- Poor motorcycle design or manufacturer’s defects
- Reckless driving/speeding
- Sudden traffic stops
While there are an alarming number of fatalities that result from motorcycle accidents, Makarone Law Firm personal injury lawyers have seen a large percentage of clients who’ve suffered catastrophic, life-changing injuries. All areas of the body were affected, including the head and neck in 22% of the cases and lower extremities in 30% of the cases. Other areas commonly affected were the arms, back, chest, hands, and shoulders.
Selecting an experienced, knowledgeable personal injury lawyer to represent you can have a tremendous impact on the outcome of your case. Due to the complex nature of these types of accident cases, it is never a good idea to take on the large insurance companies and their lawyers. Don’t go it alone. Call the Makarone Law Firm legal firm today. We have years of experience in dealing with such cases, and understand what it takes to help our clients get justice.