Unlike a car accident where – assuming that vehicles are not traveling at high speeds, all passengers are buckled up, and vehicles are equipped with safety features such as airbags – the chances of incurring devastating or fatal injuries is relatively low, in a Rockford motorcycle accident, the chances of such injuries are high. This is because unlike those who travel by car, motorcyclists have few protections that help to shield them from injuries in the event of a crash, meaning that their bodies often take the full force of impact. If you have been in a motorcycle accident in Rockford or surrounding areas, our talented motorcycle accident attorneys want to represent you.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents occur, most commonly, as a result of errors committed by the motorcyclist, another driver, or both. Some common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Drivers failing to look or see motorcyclist before changing lanes;
- Motorcycle lane-splitting;
- Cars making left-hand turns and failing to see a motorcyclist who is going through an intersection or is passing the car;
- Alcohol use; and
- Distracted driving.
In addition to acts of error committed by the humans involved in these tragic crashes, animals in the road, road construction, poor weather, and other road hazards may also increase the risk of, or cause, a motorcycle accident.
Injured in a Motorcycle Crash
As mentioned above, motorcyclists who are involved in crashes often sustain extremely devastating injuries, as it is their bodies that take the full force of the crash. Because of the lack of protection, a motorcyclist in a crash often is thrown from their bike, skids along the asphalt or pavement, is crushed between an object, or is directly hit with a vehicle. This can result in:
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Facial and scalp injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Internal injuries and bleeding; and
- Severe burn or road rash injuries.
In the most tragic of cases, a motorcycle crash will result in the motorcyclist’s death.
Steps to Take after a Rockford Motorcycle Accident
Motorcyclists incur more than severe injuries; they often acquire huge and financially crushing hospital bills, suffer a loss of wages due to their inability to return to work, experience extreme pain, and may even develop psychological injuries, such as depression, anxiety, or posttraumatic stress disorder. In order to recover compensation for all of these losses and injury types, it is essential to work with an experienced Rockford motorcycle accident attorney.
An attorney wears many hats during the course of a motorcycle accident claim, including that of investigator, legal reference, advocate, and negotiator. When you contact our motorcycle accident lawyers, we will begin working on your case immediately, and will not stop until we have secured the maximum settlement amount possible.
When you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, you deserve nothing short of the best legal representation and every penny you’ve lost. To get started on filing your claim today, contact Tuite Law today.