Unlike other individuals who commute or travel in other vehicles, the only protection a motorcyclist has while riding his or her bike is their helmet and, in some cases, their leather clothing. So, whenever a motorist is careless or negligent and they get into a collision with a motorcyclist, it rarely ends well for the latter. The combination of driver carelessness or negligence and the lack of protection often has catastrophic or fatal consequences for the motorcyclist.
Since establishing our practice, the personal injury lawyers of the Makarone Law Firm have litigated aggressively for Waukegan, Niles and St. Charles motorcyclists who take to the road on two wheels. We are one of the most well-respected legal practices among members of the biker community in the Chicago area and have helped dozens of individuals who are struggling to recover from their motorcycle accident injuries in Waukegan, Niles and St. Charles. As your legal representative, we will ensure that your rights are protected. It is our duty to discuss the key aspects of the case with you and we’ll take care of the whole process right from the start.
The 2018 Crash Facts and Statistics Report published by IDOT (the Illinois Department of Transportation) states that there were 2,266 motorcyclists injured on Illinois highways and roads, 119 of which were fatal crashes. Furthermore, the statistics went on to say that motorcyclists are at greater risk of injury when they are riding in urban areas. City streets and highways passing through urban areas, saw 60% of the injuries to bike riders and 53% of the fatalities.
Based on statistics and the Makarone Law Firm’s experiences litigating for clients, it’s safe to assume that many motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers of other vehicles. We employ a network of accident reconstruction experts and investigative specialists when determining the cause of these accidents. Some accidents are attributed to driver carelessness or negligence such as a failure to check their rear view and side mirrors or turning in front of the motorcyclist in an intersection.
Additionally, the more severe motorcycle accidents and injuries result because some motorists refuse to share the road with these individuals. Wrecks are caused when they are following a motorcyclist too closely, making turns they wouldn’t otherwise attempt in front of other vehicles, passing them without leaving sufficient room, and trying to use the same lane. To better understand your legal options when you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident or to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Waukegan, Niles and St. Charles, call the Makarone Law Firm today.,