Maximum Compensation For Injured Motorcyclists In Chicago





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Published on Oct 21, 2014


Stereotypes Must Be Addressed to Win Chicago Motorcycle Injury Lawsuits

Successfully winning Chicago motorcycle accident lawsuits can be tricky because of the stereotype often associated with motorcycle riders. Many times, judges and juries think of motorcyclists as risk takers and daredevils taking unsafe chances while traveling at high speed around other motorists. However, the negative stereotypes rarely represent the majority of motorcycle riders on Illinois highways, roadways and side streets.

There has been a significant increase in popularity of owning and riding a motorcycle in Northeast Illinois. However, even though celebrities and professionals on motorcycles have dispelled some of the negative stereotyping associated with the renegade biker, much of the negativity is still present. The outlaw image of hoodlums on bikes hardly represents families that use the two-wheeled vehicle for enjoyment or an affordable commute to work.

Overcoming the image of a rebel weaving in and out of traffic on two wheels can be difficult even for law enforcement working the scene of a motorcycle accident with injuries or fatalities. Police officers often mistakenly blame the motorcyclist for the accident. Sadly, many motorists avoid extending the caution and courtesy required to avoid endangering riders and passengers on a motorcycle.

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) conducted a study to review the seriousness of the problem. The final report indicated that passenger vehicle drivers violate the motorcyclist’s right-of-way in two out of every three motorcycle crashes. Often times, it is the driver’s failure to identify or detect a moving motorcycle in traffic, which can lead to a serious crash with injuries or death.

Against the Stereotype

Most of the stereotypes attributed to motorcycle riders are simply untrue. In fact, many motorcycle riders are conscientious and take extreme safety measures to ensure their safety, the safety of their passengers and others on the roads. Often times, the motorcyclist will wear protective vests and certified helmets, or as taken a safety course. On average, motorcycle riders have better motor vehicle records than drivers that operate cars and trucks.

This is not to suggest that all motorcyclists avoid weaving in and out of traffic or constantly make law-abiding decisions on Illinois roadways. However, most follow and respect traffic laws while driving defensively and obeying the speed limits. Unfortunately, the traffic that surrounds them on the highways, roads and streets of the Chicago Metropolitan area pose the greatest dangers to the motorcyclist, which can lead to serious injuries when involved in a collision.

Common Factors Contributing to Chicago Motorcycle Crashes

At some point, nearly every motorcycle rider will come dangerously close to experiencing a significant collision with another moving vehicle. This is often the result of other motorists on the road failing to check their vehicle’s blind spot, and miss seeing the motorcycle in the adjacent lane.

Other times, drivers will inaccurately judge the traveling speed of an approaching motorcycle before pulling into traffic. One of the greatest potentials of being involved in a motorcycle accident occurs when a car or truck motorist turns left in front of an approaching rider. The vast majority of motorcycle accident lawsuits involve negligence of other drivers in passenger vehicles or commercial trucks driving recklessly or carelessly on the roadway.

Hiring an Chicago Motorcycle Accident Attorney to Represent Yourself of Loved One

Overcoming the stereotype of motorcycle riders is essential to winning a lawsuit or settling a claim for financial recompense. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers address stereotypical misconceptions of motorcyclists involved in accidents, and prove to insurance claim adjusters or juries in a courtroom how the motorcyclist obeyed the law and the Illinois rules of the road.

Our personal injury law firm fights aggressively to assist our client involved in a motorcycle accident. Our actions ensure the victim receives the adequate financial compensation they deserve. Our comprehensive understanding of Illinois tort law provides our client every legal opportunity when dealing directly with an insurance company or taking the case to trial.

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