Motorcyclists are at an increased risk for suffering devastating injuries when they crash or are struck by other vehicles. If you suffered severe injuries from a motorcycle accident caused by someone’s reckless or negligent act, you could recover financial compensation.
An experienced Springfield motorcycle accident lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers P.C. pursues financial recovery for medical care, lost pay, and emotional trauma after a crash. Let us help you through these difficult times. We gather evidence, file your claim, and fight for maximum compensation.
Call 312-236-2900 for a free consultation about your case.
Types of Damages You Could Recover
After your motorcycle accident, you may be wondering how much your claim is worth; however, this can be a complex process. Your lawyer will need to know all the ways your life has been affected by your accident to assess your claim’s value accurately.
Economic and Non-economic Damages
Each case is different, but here are the most common types of economic and non-economic damages that you could recover:
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Diminished future potential earnings
- Medical expenses and equipment
- Costs of increased insurance premiums
- Costs of repairing or replacing your bike
You could also recover punitive damages if the judge finds that the defendant’s actions were reprehensible or grossly negligent. These damages are meant to punish the at-fault party.
Liability in Springfield Motorcycle Accidents
You must establish liability to pursue compensation for your claim. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have the knowledge and resources to identify all those responsible for your injuries.
In our experience, negligence is the overwhelming factor in most motorcycle accidents.
Examples of Negligence
Some common types of negligent driving that cause motorcycle accidents include:
- Following too closely
- Failure to yield
- Failure to stop
- Failure to use a turn signal
- Making an illegal turn
- Road rage
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Drugged driving
- Reckless driving
Third Parties Could Be at Fault
Sometimes the cause of your accident may not be as clear-cut as being directly hit by another driver. In that case, a third party could be liable for your damages.
These parties could include auto part manufacturers who installed a defective part on your bike. Another example of this could be unsafe roadways where the city or municipality would be at fault.
We Handle Insurance Companies After a Motorcycle Accident
Dealing with the insurance company is tedious, time-consuming, and frustrating, especially when you’re recovering from your injuries. Insurance companies look for reasons to pay you less than you deserve.
How Our Lawyers Maximize Your Compensation
Our Springfield motorcycle accident lawyers do all we can to maximize your compensation, including:
- Collect evidence and testimony against the at-fault party
- Obtain proof of your injuries, with an expected prognosis
- Negotiate for all your damages, both economic and emotional
- File a personal injury lawsuit if insurance negotiations become stalled
Recruiting the Help of Experts
In most motorcycle accident cases, the recruitment of experts is necessary. Experts like an accident reconstructionist can investigate your crash and determine the root cause. This boosts your accident claim and allows us to pursue fair compensation from the liable parties.
You can take steps to protect yourself by having your Springfield motorcycle accident attorney handle the insurance negotiations on your behalf and maximize your potential compensation. We will never let you settle for less than you deserve.
Shared Fault in Springfield Motorcycle Accidents
You might still collect compensation even if you are partly responsible for the motorcycle accident. Illinois follows a modified comparative negligence system. So long as you are less than 50 percent responsible for causing the accident, you can still seek compensation.
Under shared fault, your settlement is reduced in proportion to your percentage of fault. If you are ten percent to blame, the insurance company or court awards you 90 percent of the total settlement.
At Staver, we have the awards that matter to you.
The Nation’s Top One Percent
The NADC is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence.
The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
The premier trial lawyers from each state who meet a stringent criteria of success.
Nation’s Premier Top Ten Attorney
A prestigious award, recognizing the nation’s top 1% of personal injury attorneys.
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Limited to the best personal injury lawyers with million and multi-million dollar results.
Martindale-Hubbell - Peer Rated for Ethical Standards & Legal Ability
The gold standard in attorney ratings, recognizing legal ability and ethical standards.
If you’ve been hurt, it can be hard to know where to start. We begin every case with a free, no-risk evaluation. We’ll discuss your situation, answer your questions, and determine what comes next. Act now and get the recovery you deserve.
P: 217-528-9955Or fill out our online form