Motorcycles are dangerous machines, even when used by a safe driver. To some, that thrill and risk of weaving in and out of traffic on the highway is part of the appeal of owning a motorcycle, but it is important to know the difference between having fun and putting yourself in serious danger. 4,300 people died in motorcyclist accidents in 2010, and in many cases it wasn’t speed or recklessness that was the deciding factor, it was the vulnerability of the motorcyclist to traumatic injury. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Last Friday, two people were killed in an Illinois motorcycle accident, one of them a man in his late 30’s, the other, his 10-year-old son. According to Illinois State Police, the accident occurred around 2 p.m., when the motorcycle attempted to pass through the intersection of U.S. 6 and Illinois 84. At the same moment, a 2004 Buick sedan turned north onto Illinois 84 directly into the path of the motorcycle. Unable to avoid the collision, both people were thrown from the bike. The father was pronounced dead by the Henry County Coroner at the scene, and his son died Saturday at a Peoria hospital. (Quad-City Times)
Passenger vehicles have seat belts to prevent people from being thrown against their dashboard or through their windshield. They also have crumple zones, and frames that are designed to disperse the impact of a car crash. When a vehicle strikes a motorcyclist, they have no safety belts or harnesses to keep them from harm. As was the case in Friday’s tragic accident, many riders are thrown from their bikes onto the hard pavement at high speeds after being hit, and this can wreak havoc on their bodies.
In more than 20 years of personal injury cases, our lawyers have helped clients in all types of accident matters, Two-thirds of all car accident injuries are permanent, and this number is even higher for motorcyclists. The most common injuries our clients face are traumatic brain, spinal cord, and nerve injuries, and all of these have the potential to drastically change your way of life. Many victims of motorcycle accidents are relegated to hospital beds, or must rely on their spouses, children, or parents to take care of them on their road to recovery. To make matters worse, the medical bills from these accidents can be staggering, and if you are out of work you may find it hard to live under such a great burden.
Our lawyers understand the needs of motorcycle riders after a collision, and we have a wealth of experience to help them get the compensation they deserve. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed because of someone else’s negligence, give us a call to see what we can do for you.