Questions About Motorcycle Accident Claims
Chicago Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be a highly stressful time. If you have been injured in an accident, you may have several questions about what to do next. Below, we have identified and answered some of the most frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents. If you have further questions, we encourage you to contact McNabola & Associates, LLC to schedule a free personal injury consultation with a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer.
1. What types of compensation can I recover after a motorcycle accident?
After a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages and/or earning capacity, and pain and suffering. If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, beneficiaries of the deceased's estate can recover damages on behalf of their loved one.
Knowing what types of compensation to expect can help you avoid settling for less than you deserve. Because each case is different, it is important to consult with an attorney who can determine exactly what damages are pursuable in your case.
2. Who pays my medical bills and expenses for injuries caused in a motorcycle crash?
You should not have to pay the costs of medical care for an accident that was someone else’s fault. If you have been injured due to another person’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills from the at-fault driver by filing a personal injury lawsuit. You and your attorney will have the burden of proving by a preponderance of evidence that the other driver’s negligence caused the accident.
If successful, you can expect compensation for medical bills both around the time of the accident and anticipated in the future. If your injury is so severe that it requires a lifetime of care (as with, for example, a brain injury or spine injury), you may be compensated for all anticipated costs related to your care.
3. How do I get my lost wages and income paid if I am disabled from work?
If your injury is so severe that it prevents you from working, you may seek compensation from the at-fault driver for your lost wages and/or earning capacity. The amount will depend on the severity of your injury. Talk to an attorney about what you may be able to expect from a personal injury lawsuit.
4. Do I need an attorney for my motorcycle injury claim?
It is advisable for motorcycle accident victims to work with an experienced attorney after an accident. Insurance companies are notorious for trying to delay, deny, or lowball claims in an effort to save themselves money, and if you attempt to handle them on your own, you may run the risk of being offered a settlement that is far less than what you are entitled to. An attorney who is familiar with insurance company negotiations knows how to maximize the value of your case so that you can come away with more money to cover your losses.
5. If I caused the accident, can I still seek financial damages?
Even if an accident was partially your fault, you may still be able to obtain some compensation. Because Illinois uses a modified comparative fault rule, you can take legal action and obtain compensation as long as the other motorist was at least 51 percent responsible for the accident. Do not assume that you are ineligible for compensation; talk to an attorney first, or you could lose out on your chance to recover damages that you are actually entitled to.