in Illinois increased 24 percent in 2015, according to the Chicago Tribune. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than someone driving a passenger vehicle.
Are you a Biker Injured Through the Negligence of Others?
With offices in Marion, Harrisburg, Metropolis, Benton and Carbondale, the law firm of Lawler and Lawler represents people throughout Southern Illinois who have suffered serious injuries or lost loved ones in motorcycle accidents.
Illinois Department of Transportation data shows that negligence on the part of motor vehicle drivers is responsible for a majority of motorcycle wrecks. In more than half of all motorcycle accident cases in 2012, fatalities were caused by car drivers who were not paying attention to the road or otherwise not obeying traffic laws.
Another interesting fact: In 2011, 93.1% of the 3,658 operators of motorcycles that were involved in crashes in Illinois were male.Broadside Accidents
More than 50 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes in Southern Illinois are broadside crashes, meaning that a motorcyclist is struck on the side by another motorist, usually while making a left turn. Most of these cases are ones in which motorists aren't paying attention and are at fault for the accident.Statistics on Biker Crashes
In Illinois in general, the total helmeted motorcyclist (operators and passengers) fatalities is up 17% from 2010 to 2014. Motorists are often at fault for speeding or improper signaling in these types of crashes.Helmets Help But Not Always
Statistics from the Illinois Dept. of Transportation show that In Illinois in general, the total helmeted motorcyclist (operators and passengers) fatalities is up 17% from 2010 to 2014. Types of Motorcycle Injuries
Biker accidents can cause long-term problems for accident survivors. Catastrophic injuries can include traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, or paralysis. Other common severe injuries include burns, broken bones, and concussion. The Center for Disease Control reports that 22 percent of all non-fatal motorcycle accidents involve a neck or head injury. Injured motorcyclists often end up with thousands of dollars’ worth of hospital bills, surgery expenses, and physical therapy costs that are often not covered by insurance.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Southern Illinois, or you have lost a loved one to a motorcycle fatality, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Insurance companies notoriously do everything they can to blame the motorcycle driver for recklessness, even when the other motorist is completely at fault, just to be able to deny a victim’s claim. Lawler and Lawler's motorcycle lawyers are experts at negotiating with insurance companies to obtain adequate settlements for crash victims, but they are also prepared to take cases to trial if necessary to secure justice on behalf of victims and their families. Bikers trust Lawler and Lawler.
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