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IL accident lawyerAs temperatures are warming up and spring is coming into full bloom, more people are taking their motorcycles out of their garages, out from under their tarps, and out onto the open road. Riding a motorcycle can be a refreshing activity on a brisk spring day in Northern Illinois, but it can also be dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were an estimated 84,000 motorcyclists injured in motor vehicle crashes across the United States in 2019. Car accidents happen all of the time for a variety of reasons, but when accidents happen because of the negligence of another person, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to claim compensation for your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Injuries

Motorcyclists are extremely exposed to the elements when they ride, which is why safety advocates highly recommend wearing safety clothing along with a DOT-approved helmet. Even still, accidents involving a motorcyclist and an actual vehicle typically result in the majority of the injuries being sustained by the motorcyclist. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Head Injuries: In many accidents involving motorcyclists, head or neck injuries are of concern. Riders who wear helmets are much less likely to sustain a head injury, but they are still at risk of suffering from a concussion, which can cause symptoms like headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, and potentially even a coma or other loss of consciousness.
  • Road Rash: Road rash is a type of skin abrasion that occurs when a person’s skin makes contact with the pavement and is essentially scraped off. Not only is it painful, but it comes in varying degrees, can cause scarring, and has the potential to also cause infection.
  • Broken or Crushed Bones: Broken bones can occur simply from the sheer impact of a person making contact with other things at a high rate of speed. It is not uncommon for motorcyclists to walk away from an accident with a broken limb or rib.
  • Burns: In some cases, motorcycle accidents can cause burns from hot engines or other machine parts that come into contact with the skin. If this happens, permanent scarring or disfigurement and extreme pain could occur.

Discuss Your Case With Our Lake County Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorney

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you should speak with a Waukegan, IL motorcycle accident injury lawyer as soon as possible. At Salvi & Maher, LLC, we understand how difficult it can be to balance typical living expenses when you are suddenly faced with lost income and extravagant medical bills. Let us help you get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. Call our office today at 847-662-3303 to discuss your options.

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Chicago motorcycle accident injury lawyerA recent tragedy in Naperville reminded all Chicagoans of the dangers of motorcycle riding. A young Aurora man and his teen passenger were killed when their motorcycle was struck by a Honda Civic at the intersection of Aurora Avenue and Fort Hill Drive on Friday, July 2. The tragic accident was just the latest motorcycle fatality in the greater Chicago area, and the crash was the second Naperville motorcycle collision that day. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 5,000 fatal motorcycle accidents occurred nationwide in 2016. Throughout the state of Illinois, more than 100 motorcyclists are killed in accidents each year. If you or a member of your family are injured in a motorcycle collision, contacting a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can be paramount in ensuring your family receives the help they deserve. 

Motorcycle Fatalities Nationwide 

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer,In 2014, over 2,500 motorcyclists were injured and over 100 killed in motorcycle accidents. These injuries and fatalities accounted for nearly 14 percent of all fatal vehicle accidents, and four percent of crashes involving injuries across the state of Illinois. Just recently, a Naperville man was killed when he drove his motorcycle into the back of an SUV on I-55. While the number of motorcyclists killed decreased by over 22 percent from 2013 to 2014, the number of those injured decreased by less than one percent.

With warmer weather on the horizon, many bikers will pull their motorcycles out of storage to get out and enjoy the roads. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Division of Traffic Safety reported that 86 percent of fatal crashes involving motorcycles occur between May and September. In 2014, there were no fatal crashes in January or February, but the number increased every month from March to September.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer,This weekend we turn the clocks ahead, a sure sign that winter is getting ready to exit and spring will soon make its debut. Along with the warmer weather comes many outdoor activities. One of those activities that has grown in popularity over the past few years is motorcycle riding. Unfortunately, along with that increased popularity comes an increase in motorcycle crashes. Almost 5,000 people are killed each year in motorcycle accidents.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes result in either serious injuries or death. When a person climbs onto the seat of a motorcycle, they are completely unprotected, compared to the protection offered when driving a car or truck. There is no roof, no doors, no seat belts and no airbags. Other vehicles also offer more stability because they sit on four wheels, unlike the motorcycle which sits on two wheels.

Approximately 40 percent of motorcycle crashes are single-vehicle accidents and are often caused by inexperience of the driver, speeding, or driving under the influence. Other causes can be mechanical failure of the bike, slippery or obstacles on the roads.

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