It’s true that more people drive cars than motorcycles. However, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger car riders. Also, injuries tend to be more severe for people riding Harleys than people driving Hondas. But who is financially responsible when someone is injured in or dies after a motorcycle accident? Let’s look at the reasons you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim after a motorcycle accident
What Is a Personal Injury Claim?
Generally, this type of claim will involve damage or injury to your body, mind, or emotions. Claims for personal injuries often include property damage, too, though.
For example, let’s consider Max. He was seriously injured in a collision between his motorcycle and an automobile. Long after the motorcycle accident, Max participated in physical therapy while attempting to recover enough to go back to work. Max may want to talk to a lawyer about how to file a personal injury claim to recover his medical expenses, lost wages, and more. In addition, he might ask for money to repair or replace his bike.
What Do You Have to Prove?
That usually depends on the type of claim you have made. After a motorcycle accident, you might try to get someone to pay:
- Current and future medical expenses,
- Current and future wage loss,
- Loss of earning ability,
- Funeral expenses, and
- Pain and suffering.
To prove your claims, you might need to produce:
- Relevant medical bills,
- Medical reports related to your inability to work because of the accident, and
- Expert statements regarding your condition and the events surrounding the accident.
It’s also important to know that Illinois personal injury claims involve comparative negligence. This means that even if you are partially to blame for the accident, you may be entitled to recover for some of your damages. However, make sure you talk to an attorney immediately after your accident. Random statements that you might have been responsible could backfire horribly, and you could get nothing for your trouble.
Who Can File a Personal Injury Claim After a Motorcycle Accident?
Anyone injured in an accident might be able to claim damages. Also, the families of people fatally injured in the collision have a claim. However, it is best to discuss your case with an experienced Illinois trial lawyer before trying to proceed on your own. Personal injury law is complicated. Also, you may have to deal with insurance adjusters and attorneys for other people involved in the accident who will not prioritize your pain.
Have You or a Loved One Suffered After a Motorcycle Accident?
If so, you may be able to get compensation for your injuries.
At Osvaldo Rodriguez, PC, we have over 20 years’ experience helping clients with personal injury claims. Schedule a free initial consultation with Osvaldo Rodriguez, a lawyer who has dedicated his career to assisting people like you. Just call us at 708-716-3441 or fill out the Contact form on our website. We represent clients throughout the state of Illinois, including Chicago, Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Berwyn, Chicago, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, and all of Cook County, Lake County, Kane County, Dupage County, and Will County.
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