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Motorcycle Accident Litigation Attorney Chicago, IL

While cars and trucks predominately rule the road, it cannot be ignored that auto motorists share the road with other drivers, such as bicyclists and motorcyclists. As more people are using their motorcycles as a means of recreational and daily transportation instead of driving, they’re saving money and enjoying the perks that come with riding a small vehicle, such as easier parking and maneuvering in traffic.

While the benefits of riding a motorcycle may seem like a good thing, motorcyclists are still at a disadvantage because of their size in terms of safety and are at greater risk and danger of accidents. In fact, while auto accidents have declined, motorcycle accidents have been on the opposite trend: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “4,957 motorcyclists were killed in 2012 – a 7% increase from 2011.” Additionally, in 2013, motorcyclists were 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled and five times more likely to be injured, according to NHTSA .

Chicago Motorcycle Accidents Lawyer

At Kanuru Law Group, we handle motorcycle accident cases in Chicago and nationwide. When a car or truck collides with a motorcyclist, the injuries are often serious since the person on the motorcycle has very little protection. We’re here to advocate for you in your greatest time of need and get you the help, compensation, and justice you deserve.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

According to the Department of Transportation, motorcycle accidents are most commonly caused by:

  • Alcohol use
  • Cars making left-hand turns: the most dangerous situation for a motorcyclist is when a car or truck is making a left-hand turn, accounting for 42% of motorcycle accidents with another vehicle. While this type of accident is also common between two cars or trucks, it makes it more dangerous and deadly with a motorcyclist who has little protection.
  • Collision between motorcycle and fixed object
  • Head-on collisions: 56% of motorcycle accident deaths come from crashes with other vehicles in head-on collisions. In most of these accidents, the car hits the motorcycle from the front.
  • Lane splitting: when motorcyclists drive between lanes, usually to avoid traffic, accidents can occur. Each state has their own laws on lane splitting traffic rules, so the fault will be contingent on the state regulations.
  • Road hazards
  • Speeding

Motorcycle Injuries

While helmets provide some level of protection, when faced with an automobile in a collision, even with proper safety gear, the injuries are often severe. Common injuries include the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Concussions
  • Dislocated joints
  • Fatality
  • Head injuries
  • Herniated disc
  • Road rash
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sprains

File a motorcycle lawsuit

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s important that you contact us immediately to start your case and file a lawsuit. Since each state has a statute of limitations, placing time restrictions on how long you have to file a suit, time is of the essence. Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers will answer your questions and explain the whole process to you, and there is no cost to you unless we cover awards for you.

Gathering evidence

As soon as you contact us, we will work with you to gather all the necessary evidence to start building your case. The quicker we can do this, the better – by gathering evidence as soon as possible, it gives us a better chance at witnesses’ memories being sharp and physical evidence still being available and in tact.

Some of the documents we will work with you to gather include:

  • Contact information of accident witnesses
  • Copy of police and accident reports
  • Copy of plaintiff’s medical records and bills
  • Evidence of lost wages and missed work due to accident
  • Traffic tickets given to the defendant

Going to trial

In most cases, motorcycle accidents are settled prior to ever going to trial. However, we are experienced litigators who are prepared for any direction the case goes. During a trial, generally witnesses will be called to the stand to give their testimony and account of what they witnessed of the accident, and the plaintiff should be prepared to answer questions and testify as well.

If you have been harmed in an accident as a motorcyclist, please contact the motorcycle litigation attorneys at the Kanuru Law Group today: 312-855-9330.