Riding a motorcycle around Lake County can be a thrilling experience. With Lake Michigan along the coast and many miles of windy wooded roads, it is no surprise that riding a motorcycle is a beloved pastime for many local residents. However, this popular hobby can also be dangerous.
Motorcycle crashes are some of the deadliest accidents on Illinois roads, claiming the lives of hundreds of riders each year. While traffic accidents are never planned, their likelihood can be reduced when motorists engage in safe driving. Unfortunately, negligent drivers cause thousands of motorcycle-related crashes each year.
Our skilled team at Stein & Shulman, LLC has over 55 years of combined experience representing traffic accident victims, including motorcyclists. We are deeply committed to holding liable parties responsible and recovering damages on behalf of our clients. Contact us today if you were recently involved in a Lake County motorcycle accident.
Common Injuries from Motorcycle Crashes
Despite advancements in motorcycle technology, riders are constantly exposed to the elements. With only a helmet and a few accessories to cover vulnerable areas, thousands of riders continue to suffer injuries and fatalities yearly.
Due to the nature of these accidents, motorcycle crashes often result in severe injuries. Motorcyclists may drive at high speeds, and even a bump or minor collision can cause total loss of control. With no seat belts or airbags to minimize the impact, it is not uncommon for riders to be thrown off their bikes by cars and trucks.
Hard landings and impact from other vehicles can result in the following injuries:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) account for some of the most severe injuries from motorcycle accidents. Although helmets protect the head, any hard impact can still cause the brain to experience damaged tissues and swelling.
In some cases, a brain hemorrhage can cause severe bleeding in the brain and result in permanent damage that can leave riders with disabilities for years to come.
Spinal Cord Injuries
When a rider is hit or thrown off their bike, the spinal cord can experience serious injuries that can cause a range of mobility issues, including full or partial paralysis. While not every spinal cord injury (SCI) will result in permanent damage, rehabilitation from these accidents can take months and even years.
Some victims of SCIs may need to undergo multiple surgeries to address their condition, and medical expenses can quickly add up.
One of the most common injuries associated with a motorcycle crash is broken or fractured bones. Extremities can be particularly fragile, especially when riders crash at high speeds.
It is not uncommon for arms, hands, and legs to break after a crash. As with other injuries, recovery can be slow, especially whenever complications arise.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
While motorcycle accidents can happen at any moment, certain conditions and behaviors can increase your risk of injury, including:
Most motorcycle accidents occur due to the negligence or carelessness of other drivers on the road. This can include a wide range of traffic law violations, such as:
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Illegal lane changes
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving
Police reports, witness statements, and even surveillance cameras can often provide clear evidence whenever negligent actions are suspected.
Poor Road Conditions
Road hazards, such as potholes, loose gravel, debris, and poor lighting, can cause motorcycle riders to lose control of their bike, resulting in serious accidents. Depending on the circumstances, local jurisdictions may be responsible for failing to address problems with infrastructure and safety.
Environmental conditions can also cause motorcycle accidents. Wet and icy roads, fog, or heavy rain can create slippery conditions, making it difficult for motorcycle riders to control their bikes.
Traffic Accident Liability Laws in Illinois
Every state has different laws to help determine liability for traffic accidents and personal injuries. Illinois follows modified comparative negligence protocols for assigning fault after a crash. This means that all parties involved can be held responsible for an accident.
For example, if the courts determine that you shared some responsibility for the crash, your compensation may be reduced by whatever percentage they deem fitting.
Additionally, Illinois follows a strict statute of limitations for motorcycle crash lawsuits. If you want to pursue damages in court, you have two years from the day of the crash to file the appropriate documents with the court. Failure to comply with the state’s rules and regulations can result in a dismissal of the claim.
Contact a Lake County Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you sustained injuries due to a negligent driver, our Lake County law firm can help. Our compassionate team will work hard to uncover evidence, interview witnesses, and present a strong case in your favor.
Negligent drivers can pose a significant threat to the safety of others and should be held responsible whenever they cause a severe wreck. Stein & Shulman, LLC have decades of experience helping clients recover damages from their injuries. We will work with you each step of the way to develop a comprehensive claim.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.