Motorcycle Accident Lawyers for Rockford and Surrounding Areas

Rockford Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Motorcycle Crash - Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers: Marriett and Murati
Serving Rockford, Illinois and Surrounding Areas

Get Help After a Motorcycle Accident

Our motorcycle accident lawyers take riders’ rights and privileges seriously. Drivers in Illinois have an obligation to be aware of and look out for motorcycles. We see the campaigns every year – LOOK OUT FOR MOTORCYCLES. Yet Illinois still averages over 3,000 motorcycle-related cases every year.

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Our lawyers are very experienced in working motorcycle accident cases. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash it’s important to contact us ASAP and we can help guide you on what to do next. Calling our law office is at NO CHARGE to you. Calling us should be done as soon as your safe and you’re able to.

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Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

It is true that in some motorcycle crashes, the person at fault is the motorcyclist, but there are also numerous cases of motorcycle crash accidents caused by drivers and other factors. Here are some common causes of motorcycle crash accidents in Illinois: 

  • Distracted driving by other motorists
  • Making a turn in front of a cyclist
  • Unsafe lane change by another motorist not looking for motorcycles
  • Road debris
  • Animals/Wildlife
  • Other vehicles not obeying traffic control lights or stop signs

Types of Injuries Suffered by Motorcyclists Involved in Accidents

Police Office Talking To Motorcycle Accident Victim

Some riders are lucky enough to walk away from an accident with bumps and bruises, but often, motorcyclists are significantly injured. These are examples of motorcycle injuries that frequently occur that can cause a trip and lengthy stay at a hospital, plus require a long term recovery effort to overcome the injury(s):

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI), even with a properly worn and certified helmet
  • Neck/spine injury (even if a helmet is being worn, a fall can cause someone to land in a compromised position, or onto a variety of harsh surfaces)
  • Road rash if protective gear is inadequate or not being worn
  • Biker’s arm (nerve damage from falling while on a bike)
  • Facial injuries
  • Broken or Fractured bones from being thrown from a bike

Motorcycle Accident Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You may still have a path forward to being covered.

Illinois follows a theory of comparative negligence. This means that the court or jury can look at how much each party contributed to an accident.

If a bike is going slightly over the speed limit but a car runs a red light and pulls out in front of a biker with a green light. The trier of fact can apportion blame in a percentage fashion – if you are less than half responsible for the crash occurring you can still receive financial compensation.

So, if a jury finds that your injuries for bodily injury/medical bills, pain, and suffering are $100,000.00 but they believe that you are 20% responsible for the crash occurring. You would be awarded $80,000.00. If the Jury believed you were 51% responsible for the crash then you would not receive anything.

Because of these issues you should ALWAYS AVOID SPEAKING TO INSURANCE COMPANIES AFTER A CRASH OCCURS. They will 100% use your statements to try and undermine your claim. Even if you say, “I am sorry, it might be my fault”, that admission can be used against you and can severely undercut a future claim on your behalf. Instead, contact us, 24/7/365 to talk about your rights PRIOR to making any statements to insurance providers.

In the moments after a crash, you likely feel confused and unsure of what to do. But right after the incident, even at the scene itself, issues will come up that can make or break your claim in the future. Remember these five things to do right after your motorcycle crash:

Get medical attention – take care of yourself (that is 100% the most important part of any injury-related case)
Report the accident to law enforcement if you’re able to
Gather evidence, if you are able to take photos or videos of the scene
Contact an attorney
DO NOT TALK TO AN INSURANCE COMPANY

Our purpose is to take charge over your financial recovery so that you can focus on your treatment and physical recovery. Illinois law allows an injured motorcyclist to possibly recover financial compensation based on the following types of damages:

  • Pain and Suffering: An injured biker or his/her passenger can recover from pain and suffering related to an initial injury as well as residual pain related to the injury and any surgeries or other treatment they may have to endure during the pendency of a treatment plan.
  • Medical Expenses: All medical bills stemming from treatment related to the crash. This includes ongoing care, emergency room treatment, ambulance trips, doctor bills, hospital bills, surgical bills, rehabilitation center bills, physical therapy bills, assistive medical devices, nursing care, and any medications. 
  • Lost Income: You may recover lost wages if you are temporarily or permanently prevented from working in the same capacity you did prior to the crash. For example, if you are disabled and cannot return to a job where you previously were physically active such as a roofer, or other labor-intensive career and you were making $80,000 per year, and you are expected to work another 20 more years, your wage claim for lost wages would be 1.6 million dollars less any projected income you could earn doing a less physically taxing line of work (if possible).
  • Disability: You may receive compensation for the things that you are unable to do that you enjoyed doing prior to your accident if your injuries prevent you from doing them again in the future. So someone that has an affinity for hunting or fishing where they are using their arms or legs in their hobby would have a claim to disability if they could not do those activities any longer. Likewise, if someone is a runner but has suffered a significant knee or leg injury they can make a claim to disability based on not being able to pursue that hobby any longer.
  • Wrongful Death: The family of a person killed in a motorcycle accident or who later dies from injuries related to a motorcycle-related crash can pursue damages under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act. The act allows for recovery for financial and emotional support that the deceased provided to the survivors. (more on that under our section for Wrongful Death Cases).

Contact a Rockford Motorcycle Accident Lawyers: Marriett & Murati

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle-related accident in Rockford or the surrounding area, please don’t hesitate to contact Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers: Marriett & Murati. Our phone number is (815) 315-4967, and we can be reached by phone or text 24/7/365. We do home, hospital, and rehabilitation center visits. There is never a fee unless we win a recovery for you.