Motorcycles can be a fun and exhilarating way to get around. Motorcycle riders, however, are highly susceptible to injury since a motorcycle lacks the traditional structural protection of a car. If you have been injured in a Cook County motorcycle accident, we can help. At Therman Law Offices, our seasoned Schaumburg and Wheaton motorcycle accident attorneys will scrutinize the facts of your case and help you get the compensation you deserve for your harm. With more than thirty-five years of combined experience, our firm has represented countless Cook County clients in motorcycle and car accident cases and can represent you as well.Filing a Lawsuit After Being Involved in a Motorcycle Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014, motorcyclists were 27 times were more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled, and almost five times more likely to be injured. The NHTSA also found that 4,976 people were killed and 88,000 people were injured in motorcycle crashes in 2015 throughout the United States. The Illinois Department of Transportation reports that motorcycle crashes caused 132 driver deaths and even more injuries in 2015.
Drivers often disregard motorcycles on the road. If your motorcycle accident was caused by someone else’s error or carelessness, you can recover damages through a negligence claim. Negligence occurs when a party causes injury or death by failing to use reasonable care. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent or sensible person would act in the same or similar circumstances. For instance, a prudent driver would not excessively speed behind a motorcycle understanding the risk of accident and injury associated with such behavior. If a car driver did collide with a motorcycle due to excessive speeding, that driver would be liable for the motorcyclist’s resulting injuries.
There is no way to undo the harm you suffered in your motorcycle accident. However, you should not have to shoulder the financial burden of the accident alone. Fortunately, Illinois law permits motorcycle accident victims to recover a variety of damages including medical expenses, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, lost income and benefits as well as any out-of-pocket costs you incurred dealing with the injury.
In Illinois, just like every other state, motorcycle accident victims have a limited amount of time to file a claim in civil court. Typically, a plaintiff has two years from the date of the accident to sue for personal injuries and five years from the date of the accident to sue for property damage. If a lawsuit is not filed within this time, you could permanently lose your right to take legal action.Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Schaumburg or Wheaton
If you have suffered an injury or a loved one has died in a motorcycle accident in Cook County that was not your fault, you have rights. At Therman Law Offices, our Wheaton and Schaumburg motorcycle wreck attorneys have the skill, experience and determination to handle your case. Please be aware that in addition to our offices in Wheaton and Schaumburg, we also have an office near O’Hare Airport. We proudly take on clients from Roselle, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Villa Park, Addison, Elmhurst, West Chicago, Lemont and Westmont.
For more information, please feel free to call us at 312-588-1900 or contact us online.