Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable travelers on the road. Some riders cruise down the street on these two-wheeled vehicles that are small and fast but offer little to no protection. They are wide open to unpredictable elements, from the weather and road conditions to inattentive or careless drivers of larger vehicles who can cause them serious bodily harm in accidents.
Data from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) underscores how real the danger is for motorcyclists and their passengers. It reports that almost nearly 5,000 people driving motorcycles died in crashes in 2018.
Motorcycle injuries can take months or years to recover from, and a sudden life change like this could set a motorcyclist back in various ways, including financially. Accident victims often see the medical bills quickly pile up as their income slows or stops because they are in the hospital or at home recovering and unable to work.
Many motorcycle accident victims must regain their physical strength and health, which could take a toll on those who also have families and others who depend on them for support.
If you or a loved one is recovering from injuries after a motorcycle accident that a negligent driver caused, you may be able to recover compensation from the party or parties responsible. You may think you do not have time to think about legal action considering it is taking everything in you to heal from a devastating accident, but you don’t have to pursue legal action on your own.
A Markham motorcycle accident lawyer with The Kryder Law Group, LLC can help you seek financial compensation to ease the struggles of a painful recovery. Get in touch with our loyal team of personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation.
Possible Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
It is often assumed that speeding causes any accident involving a motorcyclist and that the biker was doing the speeding. However, drivers of larger vehicles can be more of a danger to motorcyclists. Errors on the part of those driving large vehicles can cause motorcyclists to suffer severe wounds because motorcyclists do not have a larger vehicle that provides a buffer of protection around their bodies. Therefore, they are at risk of suffering from severe injuries.
These driver errors include:
- Failing to observe a motorcyclist’s right-of-way
- Changing lanes without properly signaling first
- Failing to see when a motorcyclist is changing lanes
- Tailgating behind a motorcyclist too closely
- Not having enough braking time to stop safely behind a motorcyclist
- Driving while tired or distracted (such as talking and texting on a cellphone or changing a radio station)
- Driving while under the influence of substances
Not all motorcycle accidents happen because of careless or inconsiderate behavior. Some drivers end up hitting someone on a motorcycle because they could not see the person, perhaps because it was too dark outside, or the motorcycle was in the driver’s blind spot.
Any of these behaviors can cause an accident resulting in mild to life-threatening physical injuries for motorcyclists, including:
- Head injuries (such as traumatic brain injuries)
- Broken bones
- Back and spine injuries
- Lacerations and burns
- Road rash
- Soft-tissue injuries (such as bruises, swelling, and sprains)
- Muscle damage
- Nerve damage
These conditions can cost thousands of dollars to treat. There is also the possibility of a motorcycle accident victim suffering from mental and emotional health disorders after serious vehicle accidents. They could suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and others, making it hard to move past the accident. Mental health treatment may be needed for victims to cope with the accident.
Motorcycle accident victims who suffer injuries from accidents they did not cause can explore their legal options with an attorney. If you have been in a motorcycle accident and want to hold the party who caused the accident liable for your injuries, a Markham motorbike accident attorney could help you recover financial and emotional damages for the painful recovery you have endured.
Recovering Damages in a Motorbike Collision Case
A lawyer can review your accident’s details and help you gather the evidence you need to establish who is responsible for the accident. Every motorist owes others on the road a duty of care to ensure everyone’s safety. When a driver acts in a manner that could bring harm to someone else, they have breached that duty. Your lawyer will also need to show that this breach caused your accident and that you suffered injuries and losses as a result.
They could launch an investigation to determine who caused the accident. They also could review an official police report documenting the accident, photographs and video footage of the accident scene, your medical records, and review statements from witnesses. You can share any evidence with your lawyer that you think will help your case.
From there, your attorney can reach out to the other party’s insurer to negotiate a settlement that could cover the costs of your medical expenses, property damage, and other losses you suffered.
Insurance companies are known to offer low settlements that do not meet the needs of the person injured. A knowledgable motorcyclist injury lawyer in Markham can seek fair compensation for you, and you can meet with one before you decide to talk to an insurer. If negotiations do not end in your favor, your attorney can proceed to represent you in civil court to collect what you are due.
Call a Markham Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Help
If you are ready to take legal action following your motorcycle accident, give The Kryder Law Group, LLC a call today. We are ready to get to work for you. If you wish to take action, do it as soon as possible. Illinois generally allows two years to pursue a personal injury lawsuit from the date of injury, per 735 ILCS § 5/13-202. If you miss the deadline, you risk losing your chance to secure financial recovery from your accident.
A Markham motorcycle accident lawyer can represent you and protect your rights as we manage your case from start to finish. We believe you deserve to receive financial compensation that could give peace of mind back to you. Call us now.