Motorcycle Accidents in Illinois
Motorcycle accident cases can be difficult legal claims. These types of cases are often tough to litigate because of the bias against motorcyclists (many people believe that bikers are reckless drivers), as well as issues regarding liability. If a motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet or other protective gear when the accident occurred, they may struggle to prove that they were not negligent.
At Anesi Ozmon, we have successfully handled numerous motorcycle accident claims since our firm’s founding in 1955. We are known leaders in personal injury law in Chicago and throughout Illinois, and we dedicate our practice to this important legal area.
Who Is Liable for a Motorcycle Accident?
Illinois follows a traditional fault-based system when it comes to motor vehicle accidents and insurance claims. As a result, injured motorcycle accident victims must file claims against the at-fault party’s insurance provider to recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, bike repairs, pain and suffering, and other damages.
But how can you tell who is liable for your accident?
Typically, the liable party is also the one who actually caused the accident, or the one most at-fault for the collision. In other words, if someone else was completely at fault or more at fault for the crash than you were, you would likely file a claim against their insurance provider.
You could have a claim against another motorist or their insurance company if they caused your motorcycle accident by the following:
- Driving while distracted
- Texting while driving
- Driving aggressively
- Tailgating (following too closely)
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Merging or changing lanes into you
- Cutting you off
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Violating traffic laws
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Making an unsafe or illegal turn
- Passing unlawfully
At Anesi Ozmon, we work with accident reconstructionists and other experts who help us investigate accident claims and accurately identify the liable party. We know how to build powerful and persuasive claims for our clients and are prepared to work directly with you throughout the legal process.
Damages in Motorcycle Accident Claims
Due to their relative lack of protection, even when they wear motorcycle helmets and other safety gear, motorcyclists face a disproportionate risk of catastrophic injury and death. Survivors often suffer life-altering injuries, such as brain and spinal cord injuries, which can lead to lasting or even lifelong impairment and disability. The cost of treating these injuries, as well as the expenses associated with missed work and other unanticipated hardships, can be immense.
At Anesi Ozmon, our Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys fight for maximum compensation for our clients, including compensation for the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical care costs
- Lost income/wages
- Lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished earning capacity
- Emotional trauma and distress
Our firm has recovered millions of dollars for injured clients, including many multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts. One such case resulted in a $7,515,000 verdict for a motorcyclist who was partially paralyzed. The village where the accident occurred was found to have been negligent because it failed to properly maintain a road sign.
Why You Need a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Although you are not required to hire a personal injury attorney to file a motorcycle accident claim, there are many advantages to working with a respected legal team, like the one at Anesi Ozmon. Seeking the full and fair compensation you are owed, an attorney at our firm will protect your rights and help you go against the insurance company.
Insurance companies will often do everything they can to deny liability and reject your claim following a motorcycle accident. If an insurer has offered you payment following an accident, do not accept it. Never sign anything or provide a statement to the insurance company without first talking to a lawyer.
For aggressive legal representation, contact our Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys at Anesi Ozmon. With the help of accident reconstruction experts and other professionals, we can investigate your claim and document your injury, including all current and future costs associated with it. We are prepared to handle every legal detail so that you can focus on your physical recovery.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Team Today
It can be incredibly difficult to get back on your feet after a motorcycle accident. Not only are you facing serious injuries and significant financial hardships, but you are also likely dealing with numerous challenges in getting your claim fairly paid. When you turn to Anesi Ozmon, we will immediately step in and handle all communication with the insurance company on your behalf. If necessary, we have the resources and trial experience to take your case to court.
We strive to be highly accessible to our clients at all times. We even provide our clients with our personal cellphone numbers so they can always reach their attorneys. We also return all calls within 24 hours and are always available to answer your questions or address any concerns you may have.
We Handle Your Case, So You Can Recover
We understand the uncertainty you face and aim to provide you peace of mind. Clients may worry about making ends meet while missing work because of injuries or staying out of debt from medical bills. Our aim is to go above and beyond what you expect so that you can focus on recovery.
Work Directly With Your Attorney
Our firm believes that in order be a successful team, we need to work directly with our clients. Not only do you get to work directly with your attorney, but you always have access to their direct number to ensure your questions never go unanswered.
Personalized Strategies & Results
At Anesi Ozmon, we believe that no two situations are alike. Thus, we work to not only learn about your case but also about what unique goals and needs you may have in order to provide you with legal counsel customized to you.
Protecting the Injured Since 1955
Anesi Ozmon has four generations of leaders and decades of experience protecting the rights of those injured. When you come to our office, you don't just get our team, you get our history.