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Fatal Chicago Motorcycle Accident Results in Early Morning Lane Closures

Whenever a traffic accident occurs, serious injuries are a possibility. However, our years of experience as accident lawyers have taught us that motorcycle accident injuries can be particularly severe, and in some cases, even fatal. Early this morning, an accident on Chicago’s West Side claimed the life of a motorcyclist, closing down the right lane of the Eisenhower freeway for more than five hours.

According to Illinois State Police officials, the crash occurred just after midnight, when a rider collided with the median separating the freeway and a westbound exit at California Avenue. The motorcyclist was rushed to nearby Stroger Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. Authorities say they will continue to investigate the circumstances leading up to the accident, and will work with the Cook Country medical examiner’s office to determine additional details related to the fatality. (CBS Chicago)

While passenger vehicle occupant deaths have dropped significantly since 1975 (21,268 deaths in 2013, compared to 30,601 in 1975), motorcyclist deaths have actually experienced a significant increase (4,381 deaths in 2013, versus 3,106 in 1975). Granted, this statistic may be effected by a nationwide rise in motorcycle ownership, but the fact remains that the very appeal of these machines relies, at least in part, on their untamed nature. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – Highway Loss Data Institute)

Motorcycles are far less stable and far less visible than their four-wheeled counterparts, and without roll cages, steel frames, seat belts or airbags to protect riders, motorcycle accidents often result in serious injury or death. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that per mile traveled, motorcycle riders are more than 26 times as likely to suffer a roadway fatality as car drivers. This makes it crucially important to have experienced lawyers on your side when seeking compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys have more than 130 years of legal and medical experience between them, and we prides ourselves on providing each client with top-notch representation and support, inside and outside of the courtroom. We will help you secure the compensation you deserve, enabling you to cover your medical bills, insurance costs and any other expenses that you may incur as a result of your physical and mental injuries.

If you or someone you know has been injured by someone else’s negligence, it is important that you get the best legal representation possible by choosing attorneys who have handled cases like yours in the past. Accident lawsuits allow victims to recover compensation for the harms caused to them by the negligence of others. These actions also draw attention to issues such as motorcycle safety, and our attorneys believe that this attention will cause other drivers to practice safer driving to prevent future litigation.