According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists account for approximately 14 percent of all traffic-related deaths, even though they make up only 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the U.S. The NHTSA estimates that motorcyclists are roughly 28 times more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than people in passenger vehicles. While motorcycle accidents are often fatal, others leave victims with debilitating and/or life-long injuries.
The vast majority of motorcycle accidents are the result of someone’s negligent, careless, or reckless driving. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one as a result of a motorcycle accident, you have the right to hold the at-fault driver legally responsible. However, retaining an experienced and effective personal injury attorney is critical for the success of your case and to ensure that you are fully compensated for your losses.
At Drake & Collopy, P.C., our team of experienced motorcycle accident attorneys is dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you deserve after a motorcycle accident. The first step is to get in touch with us to discuss your situation.
Reasons to Hire an Experienced Chicago Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Studies have shown that accident victims recover significantly more compensation when they are represented by an attorney than by trying to manage their accident claim on their own. Our team of legal professionals can provide you with effective and aggressive representation designed to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation. Some of the functions we perform include:
- Conducting a complete and thorough investigation of your accident to establish how your injury occurred and who should be held responsible for the injuries you suffered.
- Retaining experts from various fields as necessary, including medical experts, engineers, accident reconstructionists, vocational experts, economics experts, and life care planners.
- Investigating all potential defendants, insurance policies, and avenues of recovery.
- Giving you access to our network of physicians, specialists, and other medical providers who can provide medical treatment for your injuries.
- Evaluating your medical records and other relevant records to identify any issues relating to causation or the nature and extent of your injuries.
- Handling all communications and negotiations with the responsible insurance company.
- Ensuring that all documents are filed properly and on time with the appropriate entities.
- Preparing and presenting a persuasive case in court, at arbitration, or in mediation.
- Negotiating and resolving any health care liens and other liens related to your case.
At Drake & Collopy, P.C., we believe an immediate and thorough investigation of every motorcycle accident must be conducted. We will work to ensure that no important evidence is destroyed or lost. However, we encourage you to contact us right away after a motorcycle accident so that we can conduct a timely investigation.
In many situations, expert witnesses are necessary to either establish liability on the part of the defendant driver or to prove the nature and extent of the injuries and damages suffered. They are especially necessary in more complicated liability situations and cases involving permanent or life-altering injuries. We can secure the expert witnesses needed to support your case to ensure you recover full and fair compensation.
With our experienced personal injury lawyers working on your behalf, you can focus on your recovery while we focus on the legal case and ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
Types of Compensation You Can Receive in an Chicago Motorcycle Accident Claim
Some of the types of damages we can help you recover after a motorcycle accident include:
Compensation for Medical Bills
All related past and future medical costs that you incur due to treatment required for your injury, including emergency care, hospitalization, surgery, assistive devices, rehabilitation, and medication, are included.
Compensation for Pain and Suffering
Compensation for all physical and mental suffering you have experienced and will experience in the future because of your bicycle accident can be recovered.
Compensation for Loss of a Normal Life
“Loss of a normal life” is defined as the temporary or permanent diminished ability to enjoy life. This includes a person’s inability to pursue the pleasurable aspects of life.
Compensation for Lost Income
All the past and future wages that you lose due to your injuries will keep you from being able to work and earn money to pay your expenses, and care for your family can be recovered. The compensation can include income, benefits, commissions, and bonuses.
Punitive damages are designed to punish someone for egregious misconduct in addition to the normal damages. It is often awarded in drunk driving cases and cases involving other reckless behavior.
Damages for Wrongful Death
If you have a family member who passes away because of a bicycle accident, it may be possible to recover for all related medical costs, pain and suffering by the decedent, as well as:
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of companionship or consortium
- Funeral and burial costs
Hiring Drake & Collopy, P.C. to Handle Your Motorcycle Accident Case
At Drake & Collopy, P.C., we understand the enormous impact a motorcycle accident can have on your life. Our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
We understand that each case and each client is unique. We give personal attention to each case and client to ensure the best outcome and client experience. If you have been injured or have lost a loved onein a motorcycle accident, we encourage you to reach out to us today. Our team will review the facts of your case and get started on building a strong case right away. We are your partner in recovery and will fight aggressively on your behalf.