It’s not difficult to figure out why people like motorcycles. They’re exhilarating to ride, and with fuel costs continuing the climb, they can also be very economical. Whatever your reason for riding, it is always useful to know what kind of risks can come with your operating your vehicle, in order to keep yourself and everyone around you as safe as possible.
Traumatic injuries can stem from any number of roadway accidents, but in our experience as Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers, motorbike injuries can be particularly nasty. They are one of the leading causes of death for individuals between the ages of 16 and 33 in the United States, claiming more roughly 3,000 cyclists a year, and also cause thousands of others to undergo drastic life changes due to disability and injury.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, here are a few steps that you can take directly following your collision:
• Remain at the scene of the accident until help arrives • Always call the police immediately following and accident, and if you can’t do this yourself make sure someone else does it for you.
• Be sure to file a police report as soon as authorities arrive, to ensure that all information is taken down for future reference. Make sure that the officers take down details from any witnesses present at the scene of the accident as well.
• Get the license and registration information of all other drivers involved in the accident. The other drivers’ personal and insurance details may also be of crucial importance at a later date, and should be taken down as well.
• Make sure that you seek medical attention immediately following the accident, just because you aren’t in pain now doesn’t mean that injuries will not surface later. This happens because motorcycle accidents can result in serious shock and rushes of adrenaline that can mask pain. If injuries are caught early they may be able to be remedied more quickly. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
With no roll cages or steel frames to protect riders, motorcycle accidents very often result in serious injury or death, and this makes it crucially important to have experienced lawyers on your side. Our attorneys have more than 150 years of legal and medical experience, and pride ourselves on providing our clients with top-notch representation in and outside of the courtroom. We will help you get the compensation you deserve to cover your medical bills, insurance costs, and the life changes that you may experience as a result of your physical and mental injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured by the negligence of another person, it is important that they get the best representation possible. Feel free to call us anytime for a no fee consultation to see if you have a case.