If you suspect that they were responsible for your injuries, you can sue someone personally after a motorcycle accident. The only party that is virtually immune to lawsuits is your employer. You can sue many other entities, including:
- Government organizations (like the city, county, and state)
When to File a Lawsuit After a Motorcycle Accident
While you can sue someone personally after a motorcycle accident, it’s not the only option you have. Lawsuits are just one way to hold reckless or careless individuals responsible for their actions when they cause you or your loved one harm. In most cases, victims can file an insurance claim and secure a settlement for their damages without going to court.
If it’s not possible to secure a settlement from the at-fault party’s insurer—or the offer you receive is too low to address your damages—a lawsuit may be necessary. Our law firm can help you with a claim or a suit as your case requires, but it’s important to note your filing deadline.
Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits are Subject to Filing Deadlines
According to 735 ILCS 5/13-202, you have two years to submit a personal injury lawsuit in the state of Illinois. This time limit begins on the same day as your motorcycle collision.
If you wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit after losing a loved one in a motorcycle accident, 740 ILCS 180/2 subjects your case to a two-year deadline as well. These deadlines can also be shorter or longer, depending on the circumstances of the collision.
Documenting Your Losses when Preparing for a Lawsuit
When you become a client, our team will document your losses from several different angles, each one providing insight into how the collision affected your overall life. This helps us determine what level of compensation will account for your damages. Leaving any damages out may cause out-of-pocket costs in the future.
The defendant may also contest your claims in court, attempting to cast doubt on your version of events. This is another reason why it is vital to collect as much evidence of your damages and the other party’s liability as possible.
For example, if you experienced post-traumatic stress disorder after the accident, our team could collect victim impact statements from your family. We may also seek expert testimony from a certified mental health professional to support your case. Ultimately, we want the evidence to speak for itself.
Recoverable Damages for Motorcycle Accident Victims
Illinois law allows motorcycle accident victims to seek damages related to their emotional, financial, and physical ailments. Filing a lawsuit gives you the opportunity to lay out your case for compensation.
Accordingly, we will do our best to compile evidence and document your damages before taking legal action on your behalf. If the other party is found liable for your injuries, you may be eligible to collect various damages, including:
- Property damage expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Medical costs
- Loss of income
- Impaired earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disabilities and disfigurements
Let Our law Firm Help You Seek Justice
You are not alone now, and you do not have to be alone during the legal process. Our firm takes great pride in fighting for motorcycle accident victims all over the state of Illinois. To best assist you, we can be there to provide several beneficial legal services as your case plays out.
- Collecting evidence of liability
- Reviewing insurance policies and filing claims
- Providing legal advice
- Representing you throughout the claims process and in court
- Negotiating settlements
- Documenting losses and assigning monetary values
- Handling communications
Contact The Kryder Law Group, LLC Today
If you are interested in filing a claim or lawsuit against the individual who caused your motorcycle accident, reach out to The Kryder Law Group, LLC. A Bloomington motorcycle accident lawyer from our team can advocate for your rights. For more information about filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit with The Kryder Law Group, LLC, contact one of our team members today at (312) 223-1700.