Motorcycle accidents claim the lives of more than 100 people in Illinois each year. When another party’s negligence is a factor in the accident, the family has a right to seek compensation from them. Wrongful death claims after fatal motorcycle accidents demand compassionate legal advocacy.
As per the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 119 motorcyclists lost their lives on Illinois roads in 2018 alone. Of those, 87 were not wearing helmets. Motorcycle accidents can happen for a number of reasons, and while a helmet certainly makes the ride safer, it doesn’t guarantee anything. Motorcycle accidents can often be attributed to the negligence of other drivers on the road. Chicago wrongful death lawyers are available to help you if your loved one lost their life to one of these drivers.
Generally, if the person who died could have filed a personal injury lawsuit had they lived, then someone can file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. Wrongful death is an extension of personal injury law with its own requirements. For example, a spouse, child, or parent of the decedent must file the lawsuit on their behalf. If the decedent previously named a personal representative, that person can bring the lawsuit. If not, the court will appoint one of the family members as one.
To have a successful wrongful death claim, the personal representative and their Chicago wrongful death lawyer will need to have the ability to prove the following:
The plaintiff can seek numerous types of damages in a wrongful death claim. Some are on behalf of the deceased person, some are for their estate, and some are for family members. Your knowledgeable Chicago wrongful death attorney can explain which of these damages apply to your claim:
After losing a loved one in a car accident, you need an advocate on your side who understands how fatal motorcycle accidents happen and who can be liable. You need a well-versed advocate who will hold those people accountable for their actions. You will find that advocate at Malman Law. Receive your free no-obligation consultation with a compassionate Chicago wrongful death lawyer today. Call (312) 629-0099 or use our online contact form.