Rockford Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Rockford Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
A Rockford motorcycle crash lawyer can give you the help you need as you seek compensation from the responsible party.
Of the eighty reported motorcycle accidents in Winnebago County in 2015, fifty-seven caused injuries. And you can bet that a significant number of those injuries were the result of another driver’s careless behaviors on the road.
It’s the unfortunate truth that motorcyclists often become the victims of drivers in larger, more protected vehicles. All vehicle accidents are serious, but motorcycle accidents are some of the most catastrophic because of the lack of protection riders have.
Illinois doesn’t have a helmet law, but that doesn’t mean motorcyclists have no recourse when someone else’s negligence leaves them seriously injured and saddled with medical bills and other damages. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash that wasn’t your fault, a Rockford motorcycle accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation through a personal injury claim.
The attorneys at Mahoney & Mahoney, LLC have experience helping motorcycle accident victims, and we’re ready to help you, too.
When Your Injuries Aren’t Your Fault
Even minor injuries can have serious implications on victims’ lives. Unfortunately for motorcyclists like you, motorcycle crashes tend to cause injuries of the catastrophic variety. And the more serious the injury is, the more devastating the effects are likely going to be.
Understanding and documenting all the injuries you have suffered is an important part of building a strong claim for compensation from the responsible party. That’s why it’s important that you visit your doctor or a hospital after your crash to make sure your life isn’t in danger and create a medical record of your injuries.
Below, we have outlined some of the most common negligent behaviors that cause motorcycle accidents in Rockford:
- Improper Left Turns – Because the drivers of cars and trucks don’t actively look for vehicles as small as motorcycles, they’re likely to make mistakes like turning left in front of an oncoming motorcycle going the opposite direction. Slamming on your brakes at a normal speed can eject you from your motorcycle, and hitting a vehicle that turned in front of you can have potentially deadly consequences.
- Distracted Drivers – Drivers who aren’t distracted at all often hit motorcyclists because they’re not used to looking for them. Add to that danger the distraction of texting, applying makeup, or eating while driving, and you have a recipe for a Rockford motorcycle wreck.
- Drowsy Drivers – Some research has found that driving drowsy can mimic the effects of driving drunk. Falling asleep at the wheel and hitting a motorcyclist is an obvious effect that drowsy drivers can have, but drowsy drivers may also have slowed reaction times, which can easily cause a crash.
- Drunk Drivers – Driving while intoxicated is a crime, and it can put the life of anyone on the road at risk. Because motorcycles lack the safety features and exterior protection of cars, drunk drivers pose a particularly severe risk to motorcycle riders.
- Defective Vehicle Parts – It could be a part on your bike or a part on another person’s car, but if it malfunctioned and caused your crash, you might be able to hold the manufacturer of that part financially accountable in your claim.
Maximizing Your Rockford Motorcycle Accident Claim
Your motorcycle accident attorney in Rockford will know how to calculate the value of your claim and fight for every cent you’re owed. Still, you’ll want to have an idea of some of the damages you might be eligible for.
Your potential motorcycle crash compensation can be broken down into two basic types of damages: economic and non-economic. Economic damages cost you money, while non-economic damages can profoundly affect your life but may not cost you a dime. Both types warrant fair compensation from the person responsible for your Rockford motorcycle accident.
The following are some examples of economic damages many motorcycle accident victims receive:
- Healthcare bills, including the costs of hospital stays, doctor visits, medications, physical rehabilitation, and surgeries
- Lost wages, such as those you miss while in the hospital and those you won’t be able to earn in the future because of your injuries
- Property damage, which includes the cost of repairing or replacing your motorcycle and any other personal property damaged in the crash
Common non-economic damages in Rockford motorcycle accident cases include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Damage to your personal relationships because of your injuries
- Wrongful death
A Note on Stereotypes
Without a Rockford motorcycle crash attorney’s help, you’re likely going to face several difficulties as you try to obtain the compensation you deserve. One of those hurdles involves stereotypes about motorcyclists.
Many people are familiar with the false “reckless biker” stereotype. It suggests that motorcyclists are lawless drivers with no respect for traffic laws or the safety of others. Despite how untrue this stereotype is, insurance companies are eager to try to capitalize on it.
More specifically, insurers will try to point to this stereotype to suggest that you had a role in causing your motorcycle accident. If that effort is successful, your potential to receive adequate compensation is put in peril.
Your lawyer will be prepared to take on insurance companies that try to use this tactic. We’ll look to the evidence and the facts instead of relying on unfair stereotypes, and we’ll do everything in our power to keep the insurers from shortchanging you.
Rockford Motorcycle Accident FAQ
A vast and complex subject, personal injury law can leave victims’ heads spinning. We understand, and we’re ready to walk you through the process. We’ve provided the answers to some questions Rockford motorcycle crash victims commonly have, but we’re happy to answer any and all other questions you’d like to ask us.
Should I talk to the insurance company after my motorcycle accident?
Although you may need to file an initial claim with your insurer, you should avoid speaking to the insurance company any more than you have to. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to answer insurers’ questions immediately.
Instead, you can direct them to speak with your Rockford motorcycle injury lawyer. Doing so will reduce your stress and help you avoid saying anything the insurance company can use against you later on.
What if the driver who hit me left the scene?
If you were injured or there was significant property damage involved in your motorcycle crash, a driver leaving the scene could constitute a hit-and-run. This is potentially a criminal offense.
However, you can still pursue personal injury compensation. The other driver will need to be identified, but if he or she is found, your claim will likely have a good chance of success because leaving the scene can make the driver look guilty.
Who is responsible if a road hazard caused my motorcycle crash in Rockford?
Motorcycles can easily crash when they encounter road hazards that would be nothing more than a bump in the road for a car or truck. Think potholes, turns that are too sharp, and similar hazards.
In most cases, local government bodies are responsible for keeping the roads safe. If inattention to Rockford road quality caused your crash, you might be able to sue a government agency for the damages you’ve suffered.
Speak with a Rockford Motorcycle Accident Attorney
For qualified and experienced legal help getting the compensation you deserve after your motorcycle crash, team up with Mahoney & Mahoney, LLC. Give us a call at 815-656-4600 or fill out the form below to speak with a Rockford motorcycle accident lawyer.