Due to their small size and lack of protection, motorcycles impose a risk of serious injuries to riders. In fact, motorcyclists are over 30 times more likely to suffer a fatal crash than drivers of passenger cars. With drivers constantly distracted by passengers, other drivers, and technology, it’s important to have someone on your side aggressively representing your rights after an accident.
The Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers at McNabola & Associates, LLC passionately represent injury victims. Our firm can thoroughly investigate your case to obtain compensation from the responsible party.
A Proven Track Record of Success
Attorney Ted McNabola was selected as one of the top 100 consumer attorneys in Illinois and has been an avid rider for over 40 years. He has also handled more than 100 motorcycle accident cases over his career, many of which have settled for amounts well in excess of $1 million. Ted understands the unique risks that motorcyclists face and fights hard to secure compensation on their behalf. Put your case in the hands of not only an exceptional trial attorney but someone who is a rider himself and can bring a unique perspective to your case.
Call (312) 888-8700 for a free case evaluation!
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 93,517 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes in Illinois in 2017. 2,514 motorcyclists were injured in accidents and 160 motorcyclists were killed. By far, the majority of these accidents occurred on city streets, like those in Chicago. This evidence shows how dangerous our city’s roads can be for motorcyclists – even those who ride safely and wear protective gear.
Unfortunately, many car and truck drivers fail to properly share the road with motorcyclists. As such, motorcycle accidents are a far-too common occurrence.
Motorcycle accidents are often caused by:
- Distracted drivers
- Drunk drivers
- Poor road conditions
- Defective motorcycle parts
- Failure to check blind spots
- Improper turns
If you interested in learning more about motorcycle safety initiatives, please learn more here.
Damages in Motorcycle Accident Claims
After sustaining an injury in a motorcycle accident, you are left to face a long road toward physical, mental, and financial recovery. You likely have substantial or ongoing medical bills to pay, and you may not have a source of income if you are unable to work. By filing a personal injury claim, our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers can help you obtain the compensation you need.
Potential recoverable damages include:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Future medical needs and medical devices
- Wrongful death if you lost a loved one in the accident
McNabola Motorcycle Rescue
McNabola & Associates, LLC is thrilled to announce the founding of McNabola Motorcycle Rescue, will provide free tows to bikers after an accident. Yes, you read that correctly— McNabola Motorcycle Rescue will provide no-fee towing services to local motorcycle riders in the wake of an accident. There is no obligation to hire our firm.
Why are we doing this? Because we’re riders too, and our Chicagoland law firm is committed to assisting those injured in motorcycle accidents in every way possible. From cruiser motorcycle accidents to sport bike accidents to incidents involving uninsured motorists, providing legal representation to riders who have been involved in collisions has long been a cornerstone of our firm’s mission.
Offering free tows without requiring compensation simply felt like a logical extension of our mission. McNabola & Associates, LLC plans to continue its efforts to educate the public on all things related to motorcycle claims. MMR will give us a chance to interact with riders in a new and meaningful way.
For us, McNabola Motorcycle Rescue is not just a way to give back to the people of Chicago, it’s our way to give back to Chicago’s motorcycle community. To learn more visit our Community Involvement Page.
Unsafe Lane Changes
When a driver fails to check his or her blind spot and signal before changing lanes, they risk colliding with another motorist in their path.
Errors in the design or manufacturer of a motorcycle part can contribute to a serious accident. The company that produced the defective part may be held liable under product liability law.
Dangerous Road Conditions
Potholes, crumbling pavement, construction debris, and lack of proper signs and signals can all increase the chance that a motorcyclist will lose control of their vehicle.
Left Turn Accidents
Left turns by either motorcyclist or another driver who make a right-of-way error or misjudgment of distance can cause severe injury.
Many accidents result from errors of judgment made by inexperienced motorists.
Because motorcyclists don't have any protective structure surrounding them, a rear-end accident resulting from a sudden stop can result in severe injury or death.
Lane splitting is a dangerous practice that is not legal in Illinois. Driving between vehicles is especially dangerous for inexperienced riders.
Speeding is a leading cause of all types of auto and motorcycle accidents. Speeding reduces a driver’s chance of seeing a motorcyclist, and if they collide, the force of the impact can be fatal.
Accidents often occur when the door of a parked vehicle is opened in the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
Driving Under the Influence
Negligent drivers who choose to drive while intoxicated can be held both civilly and criminally liable if they hurt someone.
Call Emergency Services
Dial 9-1-1 to get a police Officer to the scene and summon an ambulance
Take down the name and contact information of everyone involved in the accident as well as any witnesses
Take photographs or videos of the damage to your vehicle, any visible injuries and the surrounding area
Contact an Attorney
As soon as you are able, consult with a motorcycle accident attorney about your legal options
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to get legal help. McNabola & Associates, LLC will provide a free consultation and explain your legal options to help you make an informed decision about your future. As a small boutique firm, we will give your case the attention it deserves and allow you to focus on recovery.
Contact our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers today to begin your journey to compensation and recovery. Call (312) 888-8700.
Motorcycle Accidents accounted for only 1.5% of all crashes in Illinois in 2012, but 16.7% of all fatalities
Illinois is one of only three U.S. States that does not mandate the use of helmets for riders of any age
In 2011, 85 people died in motorcycle crashes on urban roads in Illinois, while 61 people were killed on rural roads
Bikers age 45 or older are the most likely to be injured or killed in an Illinois motorcycle accident
The majority of motorcycle accidents occur when the rider is traveling straight ahead