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Motorcycle Accidents and Road Defects


Motorcyclists who are involved in traffic accidents find themselves at a high risk of injury, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims that motorcyclists are up to five times more likely to sustain an injury in an accident than occupants of passenger vehicles. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.

Naturally, two-wheeled motorcycles are less stable than four-wheeled passenger vehicles, which makes motorcyclists more vulnerable to loss of control when road defects are encountered. Many road defects are caused by the negligence of a business or government entity responsible for the road’s design and maintenance; while these defects can be worsened by overuse, poor weather, and other natural processes, common examples include:

  • Cracked pavement
  • Construction hazards
  • Missing guardrails
  • Overgrown vegetation
  • Poor drainage
  • Potholes

Road defects can cause serious injuries to motorcyclists. These may include:
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) – TBIs are caused by head trauma which interferes with the brain’s normal functioning. In serious cases, TBIs can lead to lifelong medical complications and disabilities.

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) – Injuries to the spinal cord are almost always considered serious, as they can result in problems with sensation, strength, and range of motion, and particularly serious injuries may lead to paralysis below the point of injury.

Soft tissue injuries – These refer to a wide range of injuries to various tissues in the body and can include strains, sprains, bruises, and lacerations. While most soft tissue injuries are mild, some can be severe and result in chronic pain as well as medical complications.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident due to negligence, 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 attorneys’ 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.

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