Geneva Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Has an Injury Left You Sidelined in DeKalb or Kane County?
Because many people assume motorcycles are inherently dangerous, cases concerning motorcycle accidents can be complicated. Jurors may be preconditioned against motorcycle injury claimants because of their unfounded assumptions.
At Turner & Sackett Law Offices, we allow you to recuperate from injuries while we negotiate with insurance company representatives. Our experienced and persistent legal team will take immediate action to document vital details and preserve evidence. Because obtaining substantial settlements is of paramount importance, our motorcycle accident attorneys in Geneva will work tirelessly to provide you with one-on-one attention.
Additionally, we are not afraid to take a case to trial; in fact, we’ve successfully settled multimillion-dollar cases in court.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Illinois and wish to seek damages, call (800) 653-0198 or contact us through our online form. We offer free consultations and same-day appointments.
Common Motorcycle Injuries
In Illinois, it is not mandatory for motorcyclists to wear helmets. Therefore, many motorcycle accident-related injuries involve brain trauma.
Other common motorcycle injuries include:
- Loss of limbs
- Back and neck injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Joint injuries
Primary Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents typically occur because drivers and other motorists simply do not see motorcyclists while traveling.
While motorcyclists need to practice safety on the road, responsibility in accidents does not rest entirely on them. In order to receive restitution for injuries caused by a motorcycle accident, the injured party must properly establish that the driver of the other vehicle was at fault or negligent.
Examples of negligent behavior that can prove the other drive was at fault include:
- A driver failing to keep a proper lookout for motorcyclists
- A driver operating their vehicle while under the influence
- A driver improperly measuring the speed or distance of the motorcyclist
- A driver failing to follow streetlights, stop signs, or other traffic controls
- A driver who was speeding
- A driver failing to properly yield to a motorcyclist
Our skilled personal injury lawyers answer some of the most common questions regarding motorcycle accidents and motorcycle laws in the state of Illinois. Don't see your question here? Feel free to reach out to our motorcycle accident attorneys in Geneva or visit our Personal Injury Blog for more information.
What is Illinois' motorcycle helmet law?
While Illinois does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets while riding, they do require riders to wear goggles or glasses if their motorcycle does not have a windshield. While you are not required to wear a helmet, it's important to remember in the event of an accident a helmet can drastically reduce the severity of the injuries you may suffer, and may in turn help place the fault for the accident squarely on the motorist responsible, rather than sharing the fault between the driver and the motorist.
How common are motorcycle accidents in Illinois?
Illinois motorcycle accident statistics reported by the Illinois Department of Transportation show that in 2017 motorcycle accidents accounted for 15.4% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in the state. Motorcycle accidents also accounted for 3.5% of injury crashes. In total there were over 2,500 motorcyclists injured in 2017 and 160 deaths. The most common ages for both injuries and deaths were age 45 or older.
Contact our motorcycle accident lawyers in Geneva by calling (800) 653-0198 today!
What is the average settlement for a personal injury?
Because every personal injury claim is different, it is difficult to determine an average settlement. A victim who lost a limb will likely need to receive more in medical expenses than someone who broke an arm, for instance. This means that personal injury claims tend to average anywhere between $3000 to $75,000—an extremely broad range. An attorney can help you estimate your unique losses based on the facts of your case. You should be entitled to make up for your specific losses at the very least.
What evidence is needed for a personal injury claim?
Necessary evidence can vary case by case depending on the specifics of your situation. However, one of the most helpful pieces of evidence is your medical records. If you can prove that you sought medical attention for a serious injury after an accident, you are more likely to receive compensation to cover the expenses associated with said injury. Other helpful evidence includes any photographs of the accident scene, accident reports, witness statements, insurance forms, receipts, and any other physical evidence related to the injury.
What is the personal injury statute of limitations in Illinois?
Under state law, the statute of limitations (or deadline) for most personal injury claims in Illinois is two years from the date of the accident. However, for claims against governmental agencies, there are special limitation periods that may be as short as a year. You should always consult with an attorney on what particular limitations period might apply to your claim. You should seek legal help immediately, as a delay may be fatal to your claim. Unless you have a special exception, your claim will be thrown out if you attempt to file after the limitations period has passed.
Because every personal injury claim is different, it is difficult to determine an average settlement. A victim who lost a limb will likely need to receive more in medical expenses than someone who broke an arm, for instance. Although personal injury claims tend to average anywhere between $3000 to $75,000—an extremely broad range—there may be significant economic and noneconomic factors in your individual case that may indicate that your particular claim would be valued at a significantly higher figure at trial in front of a jury. An attorney can help you estimate your unique losses based on the facts of your case. The knowledge of an attorney experienced in jury verdict value is extremely important. You should be entitled to make up for your specific losses at the very least.
What qualifies as a personal injury?
A personal injury generally refers to any bodily injury sustained in an accident, from minor bruises to severe brain trauma. The most common personal injury claims arise from harm sustained from traffic wrecks, slip and fall accidents, defective products, dangerous property conditions, and medical malpractice.