Tim Henderson has experience representing motorcycle accident victims who have suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of others. He is also experienced with wrongful death claims that can arise from motorcycle accidents caused by the negligence of others. He is familiar with the costs involved when a client suffers a life-changing injury. He will work hard to make sure you receive the financial compensation you need for all of your medical bills, emotional and physical pain and suffering, lost income and damage to property. If you have received an injury that requires long-term medical care or permanent changes to your residence, he will work hard to make sure your compensation is adequate to handle your immediate and long term needs.
Involved in a motorcycle accident that caused personal injury?
Contact Attorney Tim Henderson at (312) 444-9400 for a free case evaluation. He will provide the representation you need. Success is no accident but a result of an attorney working hard for you.
In the past decade Illinois has seen a 57% increase in the number of registered motorcyclists and with that increase has come an increase in motorcycle fatalities. There were 131 Illinois motorcycle fatalities in 2010 and that number rose to 148 in 2012. In 2016 (the latest year for which DOT data is available) there were 154 motorcyclists killed. Motorcycle fatalities accounted for 12.9 percent of the fatal crashes in Illinois. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that motorcycle helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries but Illinois has no motorcycle helmet use law. These fatality statistics tell only part of the story.
Every year in Illinois thousands of motorcycle riders suffer serious injury when they are involved in a motorcycle crash…often occurring because the car or truck driver involved in the accident did not see the motorcycle. Illinois had 2,692 motorcyclists injured in 2016.
Motorcycleaccident.org reports the average medical cost for motorcyclists who suffer injuries is $43,000 (actual costs would vary from state to state). Medical costs only account for 6 percent of the actual cost. Loss of wages, reduced quality of life and actual pain & suffering account for the rest of the cost.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident and suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of another, you should contact an attorney who is experienced in representing motorcycle accident victims. Tim Henderson has represented motorcycle accident clients throughout Cook, Kane, Will & DuPage Counties and can provide the experience, dedication and knowledge you need to achieve the best possible outcome. Call (312) 444-9400 for a free consultation and case evaluation.
COMMON MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES
A motorcycle offers little protection to its rider when another vehicle collides with it. Severe injuries that can lead to permanent or long term disability and even death are very common. Brain damage, multiple fractures, disfigurement, internal injuries and spinal cord injuries are not uncommon injuries in a motorcycle/vehicle accident.
More than half of the motorcycle deaths occur when a motorcycle and another vehicle collide. The vast majority of these collisions occur when a car strikes a motorcycle head-on. Often when a car is making a left hand turn, they do not “see” the motorcycle traveling straight through the light and a collision with subsequent injuries occurs. A car changing lanes may not notice the motorcycle traveling in the adjacent lane.
The steps to follow after a motorcycle accident injury occurs are similar to those you need to follow for a collision involving two automobiles. First and most importantly, stay calm and deal first with any emergency medical situations. When the collision involves a motorcycle and an automobile or truck, it is far more likely that immediate attention will be needed for injury treatment. Call 911. If you are able, exchange personal and insurance information at the scene. All vehicular accidents in Illinois involving personal injury or property damage of more than $1,500 require that an accident form be filed with the Illinois Department of Transportation. Contact Attorney Tim Henderson right away to help you through the process. He will meet with you, explain the steps you need to follow, handle insurance communications and protect your rights.