Riding on a motorcycle to enjoy the scenery with a trusted companion can be a pleasant and enjoyable adventure. The experience is even more pleasant for the passenger because they have no control over the motorcycle and can completely take in the passing scenery on short and long road trips. While for the majority of the time, riding as a passenger on a motorcycle is a safe and fun activity, there are specific potential risks when out sharing rural stretches of roads or crowded urban environments.
If you have suffered injury or damages while riding as a passenger on a motorcycle, you are likely entitled to receive afinancial recovery. In fact, the Illinois personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in filing a claim against the motorcycle operator, and any other vehicle involved in the accident, depending on specific circumstances. Our lawyers might determine that you have the right to bring a claim against the manufacturer of the motorcycle citing product liability if the bike has a defect that was the direct or indirect cause of the accident.
While Illinois personal injury tort law is complex, handling personal injury cases involving motorcycle vehicle passengers seeking financial recompense are usually highly successful. This is because the possibility of placing the responsibility for the accident on an injured passenger is highly unlikely.
A High Incident Rate of Injury and Fatalities
Many motorcyclists throughout Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area rely on motorcycles for transportation. Unfortunately, even when the motorcyclist and passenger are riding responsibly, there is still a high incident rate of accidents resulting in injury and fatalities. Typically, other motorists and truckers fail to yield the right-of-way when sharing the road with bikers and passengers because of inattention, distraction or reckless driving.
Statistics maintained by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reveal that approximately 200,000 individuals are transported to hospital emergency rooms every year to be treated for injuries occurring from motorcycle accidents. These types of accidents are often a horrific experience for the motorcycle passenger because they lack any ability to take control to avoid the event.
The high fatality rate is the result of a lack of outer protection that passengers in automobiles and trucks have including airbags and seatbelts. Taking a spill on a motorcycle even at a slow speed can cause life-changing injuries that include:
- Head trauma and spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Severed extremities or amputations due to crushing injuries
- Deep lacerations, cuts and bruises
- Internal organ damage
- Road rash
- Broken jaws and facial bones
In many incidents, the motorcycle passenger is unwilling to pursue compensation for their injuries, damages and losses because the biker is a close companion, friend or family member. Their reluctance is completely understandable. However, most claims for compensation are covered by the insurance company, and not the operator of the motorcycle or any of the drivers in other vehicles that might also be at fault for the accident.
Using legal representation provides the opportunity for your attorney to investigate your claim for compensation to determine who is responsible for all or a portion of the accident. Even if the motorcyclist does not have no-fault insurance to cover your injuries, the Chicago personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can likely assist you in obtaining financial compensation using a variety of legal options.
In some cases, the law enforcement officer filing a report will initially place fault on the motorcycle operator, other driver or another factor that caused the collision. However, a legal team can fully investigate the accident, reconstruct the event, speak to eyewitnesses and gather evidence to build a case for compensation in a passenger vehicle motorcycle accident case. Many claims for compensation are built on various factors that led to the accident that could include:
- Improper lane changing
- Speeding, driving drunk or driving recklessly
- Failing to repair or maintain the motorcycle properly
- Making an improper turn into oncoming traffic
- Failing to use driving lights or headlamps during daylight hours
An attorney representing the victim will determine if any poor decision by the motorcycle operator or other drivers on the roadway led to the collision. In some cases, our law firm can file a third-party insurance claim to ensure that the passenger who suffered injuries or damages receives full and fair compensation to cover all of their losses.
Hiring an Attorney
The Chicago personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many Illinois motorcycle passengers who have suffered serious injuries, damages or losses. Many of our cases have involved bikers and passengers suffering injuries when motorists did not maintain a proper lookout ormade illegal lane changes. Others involved passenger vehicles driving too fast or the inexperience of the operator.
Our attorneys seek the highest level of financial compensation for our clients because we understand that injuries endured as a passenger in a motorcycle accident are often catastrophic and long-lasting. We work aggressively to ensure our clients receive adequate recompense to pay for all their medical expenses, lost wages, time away from work, other financial costs, pain, suffering and mental anxiety.
We encourage you to call our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free full case review. We handle all motorcycle passenger injury cases through a contingency fee arrangement so you receive immediate legal representation without paying an upfront fee.