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What to Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Cook County

Posted on in Motorcycle Accidents

IL accident lawyerIf you ask someone who drives a motorcycle what they like most about the hobby, their face will likely light up as they talk to you about how relaxing and enjoyable the experience is. But unfortunately, while it may be an enjoyable hobby, it is undoubtedly dangerous and not without substantial risk to the rider. As a result, motorcycle accidents are all too common and can result in severe injuries and even wrongful death.

Something that makes motorcycle riding especially dangerous is that it really does not matter how skilled the rider is. In most situations, the greatest threat to someone on a motorcycle is the other motorists on the road. If you or someone you love has been injured or even killed while riding their motorcycle, contacting a highly knowledgeable attorney is a wise decision so that compensation may be pursued to the fullest extent of the law.

Injuries on Motorcycles

A beautiful day riding a motorcycle can turn tragic in the blink of an eye. When you think about cars and how much bigger they are compared to motorcycles, it is easy to understand how they do not have much chance when up against a car or truck. According to J.D. Power, motorcycle accidents carry a nearly 80 percent death rate. And even though motorcycles comprise a mere 3 percent of all registered vehicles, they still account for 5 percent of highway-related deaths.

The most common reason for motorcycle accidents is that other drivers fail to see them until it is too late. Careless lane-changing or sudden stops also contribute to many motorcycle accidents. Common injuries that can be sustained while riding a motorcycle include the following:

  • Severe head trauma, including traumatic brain injuries
  • Injuries involving shoulders, hips, and other joint-related injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Completely severed limbs
  • Severe lacerations, burns, and cuts
  • Road rash and bruises

Common and Unfair Bias Towards Motorcyclists

Unfortunately, there is a common bias towards motorcyclists that those who drive motorcycles often drive them recklessly, without any regard for the health or well-being of others. This bias has been perpetuated in the media, as well as in the movies. This bias does not only exist within the public as a whole but has also reached police departments and even insurance companies. As a result, when a crash occurs, it will often be assumed that the motorcyclist is to blame. This is why it is imperative for motorcyclists who have been injured to contact a skilled attorney who will advocate for them on their behalf.

Contact a Northbrook Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or have a loved one injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, contact the astute Cook County motorcycle accident lawyers with Gruzmark Law, Ltd.. Call 847-729-7660 for a free consultation.



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