Decatur, Illinois Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
How Common Are Motorcycle Injuries?
Motorcycle accidents are common. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in the United States, there are approximately 103,000 people that are injured in motorcycle accidents every year. Many people assume that motorcycle accidents are typically caused by the drivers of the motorcycle. It may shock you to know that this assumption is incorrect. In many of these cases, the driver of the motorcycle is not at fault. Even an experienced motorcyclist taking all possible precautions, such as wearing the appropriate safety gear, abiding by the speed limit and obeying all traffic laws, can’t prevent accidents that are caused by careless, distracted, drunk, non-attentive, or overly aggressive drivers. If you were in a motorcycle accident, don’t assume that you do not have a case. Contact our office so that we can help you evaluate your claim.
Damages in Motorcycle Injury Cases
Unlike cars, motorcycles offer very little protection when an accident occurs. As a result, victims of motorcycle accidents often suffer extensive injuries causing them to face lengthy hospital stays. Victims of motorcycle accidents may also face prolonged periods of recovery that can include extensive physical therapy. It does not take long for medical expenses and bills to pile up.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Of course, you can sue the driver of the vehicle that caused your accident, but you may also have the option of collecting damages from a number of other sources. You may be able to sue the motorcycle manufacturing company if the accident was caused by a defect in your motorcycle. You may also be able to sue your city or county if your accident was caused by potholes or inadequate signage. You may also have a claim against your mechanic if the accident was caused by faulty service or maintenance on your vehicle. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you evaluate your individual case and determine any potential sources you may have for recovery.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at McCarthy, Rowden & Baker to schedule a consultation.