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Lawyers Representing Injured Motorcyclists in Will County, IL

Motorcycles offer almost no protection for their riders. Even if you wear a full set of protective gear when you ride, it cannot fully protect you against an impact from a car or truck. When a careless driver hits your motorcycle, they hit you. Many motorcyclists who are hit by a motorist will suffer very serious or catastrophic injuries. Spinal cord injuries are common. A motorcycle crash can be life-altering for some. Even if your injuries are not permanent, they can interfere with your life for some time. You may be unable to work while you are recovering, and you are likely to incur substantial medical bills as a result of the accident. The truth is that the vast majority of motorcycle crashes are preventable. Rarely does a motorist who is using the appropriate (and legally required) level of caution strike a motorcyclist.

Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol LLC is committed to helping motorcyclists who have been injured by negligent drivers recover the compensation they deserve. We will represent you aggressively as we strive to secure a full and fair compensation award on your behalf. Our skilled attorneys will launch a thorough investigation into the causes of your accident in order to prove the liable driver's negligence in causing your injuries.

How Careless Drivers Endanger Motorcyclists

If you were hit by a car while riding a motorcycle, it is highly likely that the driver was being careless. Common types of driver negligence that endanger motorcyclists include:

  • Distracted driving - It is incredibly important for drivers to pay attention to the road around them, which includes looking out for motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The most common distraction for drivers is their cell phones. We may be able to show that a driver was sending a text message or email or making a phone call when they collided with a motorcyclist.
  • Drunk driving - Intoxicated drivers are a danger to anyone on - or near - the road. Drivers may be intoxicated by alcohol or another substance. While cannabis is legal in Illinois, driving while under its influence is not. If you suspect that the driver who hit you was intoxicated, it is important to report your suspicions to the police.
  • Road rage - Incidents involving aggressive driving have been on the rise since usual traffic returned after the pandemic. These situations can result in serious injuries if a driver strikes a motorcycle or runs a motorcyclist off the road.
  • Not checking the blind spot - A common way that motorcycle accidents happen is when a driver fails to properly check around their vehicle and look for motorcycles. This can cause a driver to begin merging into a lane already occupied by a motorcyclist, resulting in either a sideswipe or the biker being run off the road.
  • Rushing for commercial purposes - Many drivers use their personal vehicles to earn money, such as by driving for rideshare services. These drivers are often financially motivated to make each trip as quickly as possible, which can cause them to exceed speed limits or fail to yield at an intersection. These drivers may be unable to stop in time to prevent a rear-end collision due to excessive speeds or distractions.

Compensation Available After a Motorcycle Accident

After being injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for:

  • Medical costs - This category of compensation includes both the medical bills you have already incurred and the medical costs you will likely incur in the future, such as continued physical therapy.
  • Lost wages - If you are missing work while recovering from your injuries, your compensation award can include any income you have lost. It can also include any income you will lose in the future if your injuries are permanent and you will never be able to fully return to work.
  • Noneconomic damages - The law recognizes that not all damages can be easily quantified. You can likely be compensated for damages such as pain and suffering and psychological trauma.

We will represent you aggressively in order to help you recover the highest possible amount of compensation.

Contact a Naperville Motorcycle Accidents Attorney

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a careless driver, Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol LLC can help. To begin with a free consultation, please contact us at 815-730-1977. We work on contingency fees, so there is no risk to you. You only pay if we recover compensation on your behalf.

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