Statistics available from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that the number of motorcycle accidents in the state of Illinois has increased slightly. Motorcycle accidents can cause excruciating injuries and even result in death. One man involved in a motorcycle accident suffered numerous fractures and a partially collapsed lung. In this incident, a man turned his vehicle in front of the motorcycle.
While many motorcycle accidents that involve other larger vehicles occur, motorcyclists must also do their part to stay safe. Weaving in and out of cars or speeding past other vehicles can be dangerous. Motorcycle training is crucial to keeping motorcyclists safe on the road. For example, the operation and maneuvering of motorcycles is very different from other vehicles. In addition, it is recommended that riders wear bright colors to remain visible to other drivers. The statistics indicate that many fatalities involve a motorcyclist who was intoxicated. Compared to 11 percent of car accident fatalities that occur due to drunk drivers, 24 percent of motorcycle fatalities have a drunk rider involved.
Because motorcyclists are not well protected against larger vehicles, accidents that occur can result in serious injuries, including broken bones, abrasions and internal injuries. An experienced Illinois personal injury attorney may be able to help the injured motorcyclist obtain compensation for injuries that were caused by a motorist's negligence.
In many cases, either the motorist's or motorcyclist's insurance company will be responsible for awarding compensation. However, insurance companies often deny claims or attempt to settle for far less than the damages warrant. The attorney may negotiate directly with the insurance company by using the evidence to show the extent of the damages and future expenses resulting from the accident.
Source: WIFR.com, "Motorcycle Fatalities Increase", Staff, August 02, 2013