Even minor motorcycle accidents can have devastating consequences. Although helmets have reduced the risks of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) among motorcyclists by about 70% and are now required in twenty U.S. states, there are inevitable and unavoidable risks of injury when riders are thrown from their bikes in a collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that “more than 80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist.”
The NHTSA has uncovered other alarming facts, as well: about 43% of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve alcohol, and “an estimated one-third of motorcycle operators killed in crashes are not licensed or are improperly licensed to operate a motorcycle.” Common injuries in these accidents include TBIs, broken or severed limbs, and spinal injuries, some of which may eventually lead to paralysis.
Although we always encourage the utmost safety and caution when operating or riding motorcycles, Illinois has no fines or law statutes regarding helmets, and the only relevant standards are those imposed by distributors and manufacturers of helmets, according to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218.
However, if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another driver (regardless of helmet use), you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to file a personal injury claim. Motorcycle accident litigation may include analyzing medical records, recording statements from witnesses, researching accident-scenes, investigating the at-fault party’s driving history, and interpreting police reports.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you.
Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.