Motorcycles are a popular form of transportation, with the number of registered motorcycles in the United States growing from 4.3 million in 2002 to 8.6 million in 2021. However, the increase has tragically resulted in a rise in motorcycle accidents and injuries.
Since motorcycles do not have the protection of a 3,000 – 4,000 pound vehicle, death and serious injuries can include brain injury, spinal cord injury, loss of limbs, fractures, and broken bones. The results from a motorcycle account are severe, and finding a highly experienced attorney is critical to getting the compensation and help you deserve.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that motorcyclists account for about 14 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. In 2019, the most recent year for data, 5,014 motorcyclists died in fatal crashes. According to per vehicle miles traveled in 2019, motorcyclists were roughly 29 times more likely than occupants of passenger vehicles to die in a crash. Additionally, motorcyclists were four times more likely to be injured.
In our home state of Illinois, motorcycle fatalities account for about 14 percent of Illinois traffic fatalities. Recently, the number of motorcyclists killed sadly increased by 3.9%, with 86.3% of fatal crashes happening on dry roads and 48.9% of the time occurring during daylight hours. Even during good conditions, fatal crashes can tragically still happen.
Some of the most commonly documented causes of motorcycle crashes include:
Injuries from motorcycle accidents can range from shallow cuts and scrapes to life-threatening internal damage. Some of the most common injuries include:
The severity of an injury from a motorcycle accident can determine the long-term costs associated with being involved in a motorcycle crash.
Short-term costs might include fixing damage to your bike or paying for hospital bills immediately following the accident. The NHTSA notes that hospital bills comprise the majority of eh expenses for motorcyclists involved in crashes.
However, there are also several costs that are possible to incur in the event of an accident:
This is a complicated question, and a Clifford Law Offices expert will go to great effort and detail to figure out the cause of the accident, the acts of negligence, and who is at fault. Some common issues include:
We will also examine the motorcycle accident victims’ losses. This could include medical expenses, lost wages, future earnings, future medical care, pain and suffering, grief, sorrow, mental anguish, loss of quality of life, and other possible damage claims.
Clifford Law Offices has extensive experience in motorcycle accidents. Some recent cases include:
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Drivers and manufacturers must be held accountable for their negligent actions that lead to devastating outcomes for motorcyclists. Our highly experienced motorcycle accident attorneys will fiercely advocate for you and fight to get you the compensation and answers you deserve.
Clifford Law Offices has been representing motorcycle riders who have been the victims of accidents for 30 years. The combined experience of the attorneys adds up to hundreds of years of personal injury and wrongful death work.
Our attorneys will fight the insurance companies for you and help you seek maximum compensation. Please call Clifford Law Offices, experienced Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys, at (312) 899-9090 or fill out our form.