Motorcycle Accidents

At Coogan Gallagher, we represent victims injured in all sorts of vehicle crashes. We also recognize that while different vehicle accidents may seem similar, every case is unique and accidents that involve a motorcycle require special attention. Learn more below, and contact our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers to set up an initial consultation.

Chicago Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Compensation For Motorcycle Accident Damages

To recover compensation for your motorcycle accident damages, you must demonstrate to the negligent party’s insurance provider—or the court—how the negligent driver’s actions directly led to your accident, injury, and resulting financial damages. You can seek compensation for the following damages through a personal injury claim:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering damages

Your claim needs to be supported with evidence. Evidence used can include:

  • Photographs of the accident scene and the vehicles
  • A copy of the official police report
  • Expert testimonies
  • Identities and Testimony from witnesses to the accident
  • Copies of your medical bills and other expenses
  • Documentation showing how your injury will impact your future earning capacity

Motorcycle Accidents vs. Car Accidents

Though they share the same roadways and are subject to the same traffic rules, cars and motorcycles are quite different. Motorcycles are lighter and more difficult to balance because they only have two tires. They also do not provide the same protection for riders that cars provide to their passengers.

A few important facts to keep in mind about motorcycle accidents in comparison to car accidents are:

  • Motorcycles are far more sensitive to potholes, debris in the roadway, and sharp turns than cars, making it more likely for motorcyclists facing these obstacles to be involved in accidents than motorists in the same situations
  • Because of their size and profile, motorcycles are more difficult to see than cars, particularly at night
  • Motorcyclists often “split lanes,” riding between traffic lanes. This is illegal in Illinois, yet motorcyclists continue to lane split and put themselves and others at risk of injury in the process
  • Motorcycles also require special handling in anticipation of collision and riders are trained (or should be trained) to take evasive actions (like laying down the cycle)

When a motorist or motorcyclist causes an accident through negligent behavior, they are liable for any damages victims suffer as a result. It’s important to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer when involved in these situations. Similarly, motorcycle drivers are entitled to compensation for injuries while riding that are caused by the negligence of others, in spite of the general bias against motorcyclists that riders often deal with.

A Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help

An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you mitigate the claims process. Remember, insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind. A knowledgeable attorney can identify the most advantageous pieces of evidence and help you to better understand the laws surrounding your case.

Instead of just going with the first Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer that comes up in your search, take time to find a firm with a proven track record of securing adequate compensation for their clients.

At Coogan Gallagher, our lawyers are on your side. We are here to help protect your interests, working to get the compensation that you and your family deserves.

Request A Consultation Today

If you have been involved in an accident involving a motorcycle, contact our team at Coogan Gallagher today to schedule a free consultation. We are here to listen to every detail about your collision and provide goal-oriented legal advice and representation. Don’t wait to get in touch with a lawyer who will work hard for you. Contact our motorcycle accident attorneys today.

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