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Waukegan wrongful death lawyersIllinois is known for its icy, windy, and often snow-covered winters. When spring finally arrives, many people are eager to get back to the warm-weather activities they love. For motorcycle enthusiasts, little compares to the excitement of the first ride of the season. Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle can be a risky mode of transportation. Because the vehicle offers virtually no protection to the rider in the event of an accident, many motorcycle accidents result in catastrophic injuries or death. Just under 5,000 riders lost their lives in fatal motorcycle accidents in 2018 alone. If your loved one passed away in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent party, you may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

When is a Motorcyclist’s Death Considered a “Wrongful Death?”

There are two criteria in Illinois law regarding wrongful deaths. A death is considered wrongful when:

  • The death was caused by “wrongful act, neglect or default” and
  • If the deceased person would have survived his or her injuries, he or she would have been entitled to bring an action to recover damages

Wrongful deaths are often caused by the negligent actions of another party. A motorcycle accident may be caused by negligent motorist who is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, texting and driving, driving in a dangerous or reckless manner, or violating traffic laws. It is also possible that fault for the accident lies with a company such as the company that manufactured the motorcycle or constituent motorcycle parts. Because so many different factors can contribute to the severity of a traffic accident, determining fault for a fatal motorcycle accident can be a highly complex process. Therefore, legal guidance from a wrongful death attorney experienced in motorcycle accident cases is essential.  

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Waukegan personal injury attorneysIf you drive on any major road on a regular basis, you have almost certainly encountered motorcycles. Some riders ride alone while others like to travel in groups of two or more. Unfortunately, there are certain riders who insist on riding recklessly, exceeding the speed limit, and weaving in and out of traffic. Such riders may be confident about what they are doing, but the reality is that this reckless driving of a motorcycle can and does lead to serious accidents causing injuries or death.  

In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of accidents involving motorcycles has been going up even as those involving all other motor vehicles have been going down. The CDC says the economic burden from motorcycle crash injuries and deaths in one year alone totaled more than $12 billion. Given the rise in the number of people using motorcycles, the CDC has sounded an alarm, calling this increase in motorcycle accidents a major public health concern, besides the associated economic loss.

Vulnerabilities of Motorcycles

The Illinois Division of Traffic Safety says of all motorized vehicles on the road, motorcycles are the most vulnerable because of their small size and weight compared to other motorized vehicles. Their small size also makes them vulnerable to being hit or run over by large trucks who do not see them as they ride in the truck’s blind spot.

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Lake County motorcycle accident lawyer

On April 13, a motorcyclist was fatally injured after being struck by a motor vehicle in the Westlawn area of Chicago’s Southwest side. The motorcyclist was rushed to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn but ultimately died due to multiple injuries. For motorcyclists in the greater Chicago area, the accident was a startling reminder of the increased risks that motorcyclists face. 

Here in the state of Illinois, 154 motorcyclists suffered fatal accident injuries in 2016, while hundreds more were injured or hospitalized. To secure maximum financial compensation after you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, it is critical to seek skilled legal assistance immediately.

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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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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,While most people are at least mildly familiar with concussions and how they are caused, very few have even heard of a subdural hematoma. Yet researchers estimate that hundreds of thousands of people in the United States suffer from this potentially serious brain injury each year. More than half of these brain injuries are caused by automobile, bicycle, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents. Even more concerning is that victims, nor their doctors, may end up catching it before the condition becomes life-threatening.

Subdural Hematoma Causes

Very different from both traumatic brain injuries and concussions, subdural hematomas are insidious conditions that, over time, can become severe or even fatal. They are most common in elderly individuals because, as the brain ages, it begins to shrink and pull away from the dura, leaving the veins attached the dura more exposed and vulnerable. So much so, in fact, that even just a minor bump to the head or sudden jarring can cause injury.

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