Chicago Motorcycle & Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Traffic collisions between cars are common and can cause horrific results. Traffic collisions between the occupants of enclosed vehicles and motorcyclists or bicyclists can be even worse, mainly for the bicycle or motorcycle riders. These individuals have no steel case surrounding their bodies while on the road and thus are subject to higher risk of serious or catastrophic injuries or death. When struck by a vehicle or thrown to the pavement, other obstacles, or having their bike fall on them, their chances of walking away are severely limited.
At Angelini, Ori & Abate, our award-winning legal team can provide the tenacious representation you need if you or a loved one has been injured in a negligence-based motorcycle or bicycle accident. We know how to thoroughly investigate the facts and circumstances of your accident to build a compelling case seeking full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses. Our team of skilled and proven trial lawyers understand how to put you in the best legal position for a negotiated settlement or litigation with the opposition; the other side usually includes insurance companies reluctant to give you compensation consistent with the full effects of your injuries.
Hurt in a traffic crash on your bike? Learn more about your case in a free consultation with a Chicago motorcycle and bicycle accident attorney. Contact Angelini, Ori & Abate at (312) 313-8881.
Human error on the part of motorists is a common cause for motorcycle and bicycle accidents. Because of their difference in size and weight, motorcycles and bicycles are often less visible to the other drivers on the road, especially in harsh weather. They may be blocked by other traffic, trees, or roadside signs. Motorists often cite the fact that they “didn’t see” the rider when involved in an accident. This means that defensive driving and operation is necessary for those on motorcycles and bicycles.
Common causes of motorcycle and bicycle accidents can include:
- Drunk and/or drugged driving
- Motorists making left-hand turns in front of an oncoming biker
- Motorists opening car doors in the path of an oncoming biker
- Motorists failing to check blind spots when making lane changes or turns
- Swerving across lanes
- Perilous road conditions, including rain, snow, fog, obstacles on the pavement, potholes, traffic signs blocked by trees, and more
- Manufacturing defects in bikes
- Failure to follow other traffic laws, such as rolling through stop signs, running red lights, and more
- Motorists driving in bike lanes
- Motorcyclists engaging in lane-splitting
In some cases, you may be at partial fault in the accident. Illinois practices “comparative fault.” This means you can still recover compensation but it will be reduced by your percentage of fault. However, recovery is not permitted if your proportion of fault is deemed to exceed 50 percent.
“Alex went above and beyond to get me a settlement worth my time and I appreciate all the work that went into my case.”- Alexandra V.
When making a claim in such cases, the opposing insurance company will often assert that you were the cause of the accident in order to deny you compensation. That is why you need the services of an experienced personal injury team that knows how challenge insurers with solid evidence and tough advocacy. At Angelini, Ori & Abate, we have the resources, skills, and experience that can be effective in outcome of your case.