If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. At The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj, our team is highly experienced in providing victims with the legal help they need to ensure the maximum compensation possible. To learn more about how our team can help you through this difficult time, contact us today for a free consultation.
The thrill, joy, and adventure that comes with riding a motorcycle is unlike any other. Sadly, this thrill can quickly dissipate following the mental and emotional trauma of being in a motorcycle accident.
Unlike other road accidents, motorcycle accidents have an incredible capacity for severe harm, making them one of the most dangerous types of accidents. The likelihood of life-threatening injury in these accidents is much higher, and these injuries often bring with them the prospect of financial distress. Unfortunately, these accidents also happen quite frequently, as indicated by data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
If you or your loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your loss. The law demands that all road users drive responsibly, and when they cause injury to others, they may be held accountable. To understand how the law affects your situation, and your options for compensation, contact the motorcycle accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj for help.
The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj caters to your legal needs effectively, efficiently and accurately. With over 25 years of professional experience and expertise, we are qualified to represent you in your motorcycle accident claim. We have an impressive record of trial victories, and have helped many people with cases like you receive just compensation. Reach out to us for a free initial consultation today.
According to the 2016 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics report, motorcycle accidents occur very frequently. Within the report, IDOT states that there were over 3,504 motorcycle crashes within Illinois in 2016. These accidents accounted for 11% of all accidents within the state in that year, with the majority of the accidents occurring in Chicago.
Out of these accidents, 3,323 resulted in injury or grievous harm, indicating the highly dangerous nature of these accidents. In most of the road incidents leading to these accidents, the transportation authority recorded a majority of multi-vehicle collisions. Sadly, around 152 of these accidents were fatal, with victims losing their lives in avoidable crashes.
Worse, these statistics have not dwindled over the years. The following years up till present have been fraught with disturbing statistics of motorcycle accident crashes. The reasons for these sad statistics are not farfetched.
Motorcycle accidents can occur for a vast number of reasons. Most of these causes can be safely avoided as they usually stem from the negligence of other road users. Some of them include:
Motorcycles afford little to no protection for their riders. No matter how cautious and safety conscious a rider is, there is every possibility of a motorcycle accident. This may be attributed to the fact that it can be harder to notice motorcycles.
A motorcycle accident can leave its victim with injuries that range from mild bruises to severe head and spinal injuries, to death. According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation IDOT, there are up to 10 motorcycle accidents in the state every day. Nearly 99% of these accidents result in injuries or death, that is, on an average a motorcyclist dies in Illinois 3 days out of every week. And at least 1 in 4 motorcycle accidents results in incapacitating injury or death.
According to the above statistics, a person is more likely to die in a motorcycle accident. This is because compared to other road users like motorists, motorcyclists have a poorer chance of surviving an accident unscathed. Motorcycles as previously mentioned are less visible especially when there is fog or when it is dark.
The National Highway Traffic Society Administration in 2012 reported that per vehicle mile travelled, motorcyclists are more than 26 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger car occupants.
In the face of these mounting stakes, it seems as though nothing can be done to prevent a motorcycle accident. While there is still substantial debate on that, there are a few things you can do to put yourself firmly in the right.
If you have sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of others, do not hesitate to reach out to a qualified motorcycle accident attorney.
There is no law that requires or obligates you to hire a lawyer. In fact, it might even seem unnecessary as very few motorcycle accident cases make it to trial. And if you did not suffer any major injuries, you might decide to handle things yourself. But motorcycle accident claims are not as straightforward as they seem.
One of the first hurdles to cross will be with insurance loss adjusters. These insurance companies will reach out to you seeking to understand what exactly happened. You shouldn’t speak to them until you have consulted with a lawyer.
This is because they aren’t really on your side. They want to find ways to keep their money or at least minimize the amounts of damages they would pay. So, when you speak to them without a full understanding of your rights, you may say things that terribly wound your case. For example, statements like “I should have been more careful” or “It’s really not a big deal” or “I am much better now” can come back to hurt your claim and destroy your chances for compensation.
Apart from this, making and defending your claim is a process that requires a lot of planning and execution. You will need to fill out paperwork and provide documented evidence for your claim. You cannot make any mistake as insurance companies will capitalize on this. And if you do not have adequate proof, there’s every possibility that you get meagre amounts of compensation or you do not get any at all.
Hiring a qualified motorcycle accident attorney affords you the opportunity for solid representation and gives you a fighting chance for compensation. There are many unfortunate stereotypes when it comes to motorcycle accidents that may cripple your claim before it even takes flight.
One of these stereotypes is the popular misconception that when motorcycle accidents occur, the rider is completely or partially at fault. The fact that a rider happens to not wear a helmet, does not make the rider guilty or at fault for the accident. But not many motorcyclists know this.
The bottom line is – without the involvement of a skilled motorcycle attorney, you are at greater risk of having your claim denied. Do not allow insurance companies mislead you into receiving less than you deserve. Hire a competent attorney to review your case.
At The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj, our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys have been representing Chicago and Los Angeles residents for more than 25 years. We know the damaging effects of motorcycle accidents, and the need to secure compensation as soon as possible after the accident. If you or your loved one was injured in one of these accidents, our skilled attorneys can help you secure justice and fair compensation.
Start by reaching out to us today for a free, no-obligation consultation where you can learn about your rights and options for compensation. Contact The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj at 312-635-0800 (Chicago) or 323-902-0730 (Los Angeles) to begin.