Motorcycle accidents kill approximately 4,000 individuals across the country each year, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute. With their smaller size and fewer rider protections, motorcyclists are at increased risk of a serious or fatal accident. In fact, motorcycle accidents have a fatality rate of 26 times that of automobile accidents. There are many causes of motorcycle accidents, but negligence is the most common behavior to result in a motorcycle crash. If your loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible for your relative’s untimely death.
Losing your loved one in a motorcycle accident is devastating and can greatly impact your entire family. On top of the emotional and mental burden, you may suffer financially as a result of the death of your relative. At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our Chicago wrongful death attorneys will fight to see that your family recovers the compensation you deserve for your tremendous loss. Our firm has over 45 years of combined experience and can pursue your wrongful death action to the fullest extent.
About Wrongful Death in Illinois
Wrongful death lawsuits are civil actions brought to compensate the family members of those killed due to negligence. In Illinois, 740 Illinois Compiled Statutes 180 states that whenever a death is caused by wrongful act or neglect, such that would have entitled the party injured to recover damages, the person or entity that caused the death may be liable in a wrongful death lawsuit. Accordingly, any motorcycle accident fatality that is caused by negligence would give rise to a wrongful death action.
Bringing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Illinois law authorizes the personal representative of the deceased motorcycle accident victim’s estate to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. The personal representative may be anyone close to the family and, if the accident victim did not appoint one before death, the court has the power to select a personal representative. Damages recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit will go to the accident victim’s surviving spouse, dependent children, and other next of kin, as determined by the court.
Surviving family members of someone killed in a motorcycle accident should be aware that they have a limited time within which to file a wrongful death suit. In most cases, the personal representative must file the action within one or two years. Consult with a wrongful death attorney for an individualized assessment as to the time frame you have to bring your lawsuit.
Types of Compensation for Wrongful Death
Potential damage in an Illinois motorcycle accident wrongful death lawsuit include the following:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expense incurred before death
- Lost wages and benefits due to the untimely death
- Mental suffering, grief, and sorrow
- Loss of care and companionship
Consult with a wrongful death attorney to find out more about your legal rights and potential damage award.
Put Our Over 45 Years of Combined Legal Experience to Work on Your Case!
If your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, contact the Chicago Wrongful Death Lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC. Our firm has handled all manner of wrongful death cases, achieving over 40 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. We understand the devastating losses associated with the death of your relative in a motorcycle accident. We are dedicated to seeing that our injured clients receive the full compensation to which they are entitled in a wrongful death action. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced wrongful death lawyers at (312) 422-0500 or by filling out a free contact form online.