Summertime riding in Chicago is a popular activity as motorcyclists take to the streets. Bike are a fuel efficient means of transit that many people enjoy; in fact, there are more than 240,000 registered motorcycles in Illinois alone.
Motorcycles are treated like any other vehicle under the rules of the law, allowing bikers to ride the streets as any other car would drive. Motorcycles are guaranteed the same protection as other vehicles and must abide by the same rules. Though they are authorized to ride, bikers often do not receive the respect they deserve, leading to dangerous situations were a collision might occur.
Motorcycle accidents in Chicago result in injuries and even deaths every year. When a crash is due to the negligence of a driver involved, whether it is another biker or the operator of a car, an injured motorcyclist may be entitled to financial relief under the law. These claims are the right of all injury victims to bring and are often available regardless of whether an at-fault driver received a citation in the collision. Further, in the event that a hit-and-run driver caused the accident, a victim may still be able to obtain relief through a claim against his or her own insurance company. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer who has experience representing motorcycle accident victims may help you understand your legal options and whether you have a valid claim.
A motorcycle accident occurred in Gresham on Tuesday, shortly before midnight, according to local authorities. The incident, which occurred in the area of the 7900 block of South Bishop Street, involved a car that reportedly failed to yield to the biker, causing a collision that left the biker with serious injuries including a broken arm and pelvis. The victim was transported from the scene by emergency medical personnel and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he received treatment for his injuries. His current condition is not known.
The driver of the other vehicle received a traffic citation. It is not clear whether that driver was injured in the accident.
The impact of a motorcycle accident can be extreme and can involve many aspects of daily life. Injuries can force victims to take time off work and to miss wages they otherwise would have earned. Additionally, the victims of accidents may need help with day-to-day activities and may be forced to employ someone to aid them.
Some collisions cause injuries that never heal and that affect a victim for the remainder of his or her life. The physical, emotional, and financial impact of these injuries can be immeasurable and can damage an entire family.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., our experience representing the victims of motorcycle accidents enables us to understand how serious and complicated these cases can be. We believe that all victims deserve to have their questions answered so we offer a free consultation to those who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575. There is no obligation on your part for speaking with us and everything discussed will be kept confidential.
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle crash or if your loved one was killed, call us today and let us help you get the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Ford Announces New Vehicle Recall, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, published July 9, 2014.
Motorcyclist hurt in South Side crash, by Adam Sege, Chicago Tribune, published July 16, 2014.