The appeal of riding a motorcycle is incontrovertible, and has a long history as a part of the ethos of the United States. Following World War II, many veterans utilized motorcycles as a replacement for the camaraderie, thrill, and danger that they had become accustomed to while fighting overseas. Eventually, these men began grouping together in loosely organized clubs, forming a series of tight knit social institutions that were as much about lifestyle as they were about riding. Recent years have seen a resurgence in the popularity of many bike brands, and while the machines have certainly changed, one aspect of motorcycling has proven immutable, danger.
This weekend, a motorcyclist was seriously injured in an accident that caused law enforcement officials to temporarily shut down the Lake Shore I-55 ramp. According to a Chicago Fire Department spokesperson, the 25-year-old victim appeared to be the subject of a hit-and-run, and has been transported to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. (Chicago Tribune)
Automobile safety has progressed by leaps and bounds in the last half-century, but unfortunately there is only so much that technology can do when it comes to motorcycles. We can now purchase vehicles equipped with side airbags, child seats, crumple zones, as well as a multitude of other devices to prevent or lessen serious injuries during car accidents. However, many of these burgeoning utilities are of no use to motorcyclists, and this is one of the main reasons why they are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident than their passenger vehicle counterparts. (CDC; MotorcycleAccident.org)
During an accident, the only thing standing between a rider and the hard concrete around them is a helmet, and many states don’t even enforce the use of this minor safety component. With over 150 years of combined legal experience, our lawyers have seen first hand the wide spectrum of injuries that can result from motorcycle accidents. Deleterious affects can include damage to the brain, trauma to the spinal cord, nerve damage, and broken bones, among others, and many of these injuries require months, if not years, of rehabilitation to reclaim a normal way of life.
If you are seriously injured in an automobile or motorcycle accident, you have a lot to worry about; medical bills, lost wages, dealing with the insurance company, and above all, recovering. When you are relegated to a bed, or cooped up in your home unable to work, stress is the last thing you need. Our lawyers may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve, allowing you to get your peace of mind back, and letting you focus on your getting your life back to normal.