The aftermath of a motorcycle accident isn’t just painful and frustrating—it’s confusing. When you've suffered a serious motorcycle accident, you may simply not know where to turn, and that's OK. The experienced motorcycle crash lawyers at Lane & Lane, LLC can help.
If you're not sure where you should turn next or you just have a few questions, we can answer them. While every case is unique, there are a few questions we see especially often, and we’ve listed those below. Whether you find the answers you need below or still have questions, give us a call to find out how we can help you win the compensation you’re owed.
What if I was partially at fault for the accident?
Unfortunately, this could mean losing part or all your compensation. Illinois observes the modified comparative negligence rule, which means that you'll be held responsible for your percentage of fault in your motorcycle crash. If you're over 50 percent at fault, your case may be dismissed.
What damages can I claim when seeking compensation?
Typically, you'll have two damage types: economic and non-economic. The first tends to include things you'd pay for out of pocket or that your insurance should cover, such as your medical bills or repairs to your motorcycle. Non-economic damages tend to be more difficult to calculate. These damages will be the intangible suffering you've been put through, such as mental anguish and pain and suffering.
How will you calculate my non-economic damages?
Non-economic damages are typically a little tougher to calculate, but your lawyer can help. Typically, these damages will be calculated based on how severe they are and how much they’ve impacted your life. For example, more extreme pain will affect your life more, and that should be reflected in the amount of compensation you seek.
What obstacles might keep me from my compensation?
Unfortunately, the fact that you're a motorcyclist may be a major obstacle for you. The defense will use your vehicle of choice to paint you as a reckless, careless driver in an effort to reduce your compensation. And without a lawyer’s help, it may work. This is especially true if you weren't wearing a helmet, which isn’t required law but could be used against you.
I was in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident. Can I still file a claim?
In some cases, yes. Motorcycles are especially susceptible to road hazards, and if your accident was caused by hazardous road conditions that should have been repaired, you may seek compensation for your accident. This will typically come from the government agency in charge of handling road repairs, but a lawyer can help you determine who exactly is at fault.
Reach Out to a Chicago Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Being hurt in a motorcycle crash is tough, even long after the crash. Fortunately, we have the tools and resources you need to file a successful claim for compensation. After your accident, you can benefit from having Lane & Lane, LLC on your side.
If you haven’t gotten answers to the questions you have, call a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer for help. We can answer any questions you have and get you started on your case. For more information and answers, call us at 312-332-1400 or fill out the online contact form at the bottom of this page.