Chicago Motorcycle Accidents Due to Unsafe Lane Changes
Statistically, deaths and serious injuries are about 15 times as high for motorcyclists as they are for motorists. The frightening aspect of this statistic is that most motorcycle accidents are the fault of a motorist who simply didn’t see the motorcyclist because he wasn’t watching out for one.
In addition to this inherent danger, Chicago motorists are notorious for making sudden and unsafe lane changes. Normally this results in a honked horn; sometimes it results in an accident. When a motorcycle is involved, however, the seriousness of an accident is greatly multiplied. Catastrophic injuries and death are not uncommon.
Do You Know the Value of Your Claim?
Even though just about everyone knows that an injury victim is entitled to compensation for an accident caused by someone else, insurance companies love to take advantage of victims who don’t know the true value of their claim. Fortunately, most of them know better than to try to pull a fast one on a Malman Law client. If they don’t, they’ll have to learn the hard way.
The Malman Law Difference
The woods are thick, so to speak, with personal injury lawyers. In fact, any lawyer fresh from passing the bar exam can hang out a shingle and call himself a personal injury lawyer. At Malman Law, by contrast, we’ve got a stellar track record to back us up:
- Our winning clients are numerous enough to fill an auditorium (over 15,000)
- Since 1994, we have brought home over $200,000,000 for our clients
- Our clients win 95 percent of the time
A Word From a Satisfied Client
“Two years ago, I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet.” – Malman Law Client
Related Practice Areas
Malman Law handles all different types of motorcycle accident claims, including:
- Chicago Motorcycle Accidents Due To Opened Car Doors
- Chicago Motorcycle Accidents Due To Speeding
- Chicago Motorcycle Accidents Due To DUI
- Chicago Motorcycle Accidents Due To Sudden Stops
- Head Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents In Chicago
- Road Rash From Motorcycle Accidents In Chicago
- Muscle Damage From Motorcycle Accidents In Chicago
- Bikers Arm From Motorcycle Accidents In Chicago
- Leg Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents In Chicago
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will I automatically win the case if I prove that the driver's lane change was illegal?
Victory is not automatic, but proving that the defendant broke the law definitely helps your case. Nevertheless, the driver might argue that:
- his illegal lane changes were not serious enough to amount to negligence.
- his illegal lane changes were not the cause of the accident.
- the accident was mostly your fault.
Will I lose my claim if I wasn't wearing a helmet?
Perhaps. Although Illinois has no law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets, it is still possible for you to be found at least partially responsible for your own injuries if you fail to wear one. Even if you are found negligent, you can still recover partial damages if the defendant’s fault was greater than yours.
My husband was killed in a motorcycle accident. Can I seek compensation for myself?
Yes. Technically, the Illinois wrongful death act only permits the victim’s estate representative to file the claim. As the victim’s spouse, however, you are eligible for damages even if you’re not the one who files the claim. Damages might include:
- Grief, sorrow and emotional suffering
- Loss of financial support
- Any other amount that the court finds “fair and just.”
How much liability insurance do 18-wheeler trucks carry?
If the truck’s gross weight is at least 10,000 pounds, the minimum insurance coverage is:
- $750,000 if the truck is carrying ordinary cargo; and
- up to $5,000,000 if the truck is carrying certain kinds of cargo.
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