Attorneys for Motorcyclists Injured in Blind-Spot and Merging Accidents
Even the safest motorcycle observing the Illinois rules of the road and practicing the best-known accident preventative techniques can be involved in a serious or fatal crash. This is because operating a vehicle in crowded traffic can cause many motorists to lose sight of a motorcycle in their blind spot when changing lanes or making other traffic maneuvers. In fact, the Chicago personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many blind spot collision cases where the motorist never saw the motorcycle at all before the crash occurred.
Statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that more than 800,000 blind-spot collisions happen every year nationwide, leading to 300 deaths. Many of these accidents were the result of the driver not adjusting their rearview mirrors or checking every blind spot before making a lane change.
Blind spots are any area around the passenger vehicle or truck that obstructs the driver’s view when looking forward or in the rearview/side mirrors while seated in the proper position behind the wheel. All blind spot collisions are preventable when the driver knows where the blind spots are and takes appropriate measures to check and double check before making any maneuver that places others sharing the roadway in jeopardy.
Preventing Motorcycle Blind Spot Collisions
Motorcyclists need to exercise extreme caution and follow proven precautions to prevent a blind spot collision. This is because the severities of these types of accidents involving a motorcyclist are usually unpredictable. However, many resulting catastrophic injuries including neck and back injury, concussion, internal bleeding, head trauma, spinal cord injury and death.
Drivers of passenger vehicles, trucks and commercial vehicles can take extra precaution to eliminate a blind spot and prevent a collision from occurring. Some of these precautions involve:
- Adjusting Side Mirrors and Rearview Mirror Properly – The driver seated in the proper position can adjust both the left and right mirrors to eliminate a reflection of the vehicle so that more of the roadway to the right and left is in view.
- Add a Convex Mirror to the Existing Mirror – Many truckers use convex mirrors to improve their visibility on both sides of the commercial vehicle. Adding a convex mirror to a passenger vehicle can significantly enhance the driver’s view on both sides of the car.
- Slow Down When Merging – All motorists, truckers and motorcycle riders must slow down when changing lanes or merging to provide ample time to check for blind spots and space to avoid a collision.
Every one of these safety techniques has the ability to reduce the potential of an accident caused by a blind spot. Unfortunately, many automobile manufacturers design the frame of the car or truck with obvious blind spot areas.
Determining Fault for the Accident
Every circumstance in one blind spot collision is different from another accident. Because of that, determining fault can be challenging. However, it is the vehicle operator’s responsibility to check their blind spots before merging into a lane or changing a lane. Any failure to do so could hold the driver liable for any crash, injury or death that results.
After the accident, the law enforcement officer handling the case might be left with a “he said” “she said” scenario where the motorist blames the biker or vice versa for causing the crash. Many times, having an advocate or eyewitness can be invaluable when seeking financial compensation to pay for medical expenses, lost time away from work, pain and suffering.
Fortunately, Illinois tort law provides motorcyclists the right to recover damages incurred from the accident. Determining fault and holding the motorist legally responsible is important because most motorcycle accident injuries are catastrophic and long-lasting. Often times, the victim is unable to return to work without extensive rehabilitation, therapy and surgery. To ensure successful financial compensation is obtained, many bikers will hire a blind spot motorcycle accident attorney to handle their case.
If You Have Been Hurt in a Merging Vehicle Motorcycle Accident Contact Our Lawyers Today
As a motorcycle rider, you have every right to share the roadway and be respected by motorists and truckers. If you have been hurt by the negligent actions of others while riding your motorcycle, the Illinois personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can serve as your aggressive advocate to hold those responsible for your losses financially accountable. Our legal team has extensive experience in investigating claims for compensation by reconstructing theaccident, speaking to eyewitnesses and gathering evidence on your behalf.
Our Chicago Metropolitan area motorcycle attorneys are seasoned litigators and negotiators and have handled a wide assortment of claims including accidents involving unsafe lane changes and blind-spot collisions. We encourage you to contact our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, free case evaluation. We can provide you a variety of legal options to seek financial recompense.
We accept all personal injury claims, wrongful death lawsuits and motorcycle accident cases through contingency fee agreements. This means we provide you immediate legal representation and handle every aspect of the case without the need of you paying an upfront fee. We only receive payment for our legal services after we win your case through litigation or negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement.