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Frequently Asked Questions

Our team of Edwardsville motorcycle lawyers work on contingency, which means you pay nothing for our services until after you have been awarded compensation for your losses.

In Illinois, the timeframe to file a lawsuit is two years from the date of injury. In the legal world, the timeframe is referred to as the statute of limitations. While there are exceptions to that rule, it can be generally assumed if you were injured in the past two years, you still have time to file a lawsuit.

No, this is a way for the insurance company to attempt to pay you less than you may deserve. You should decline the check and immediately call your Edwardsville motorcycle accident lawyer.

Motorcycle Accidents in Edwardsville, IL

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 5,172 motorcycle deaths in 2017, and motorcycle accident fatalities happen 28 times more frequently than fatalities in car accidents.

Even more frightening, motorcycle accidents are more likely to be fatal in Illinois. Due to Illinois’ lenient helmet laws and regulations, Illinois motorcyclists are more likely to suffer serious head trauma or even wrongful death when involved in an accident.

Were you injured as a result of a motorcycle accident? You may qualify for an Edwardsville motorcycle accident lawsuit. TorHoerman Law Firm can help. Contact our firm to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney and find out how we can get you back on the road to recovery.

 

Edwardsville Motorcycle Helmet Laws

Illinois is one of three states that does not have any sort of helmet law established. However, we highly recommend you wear a helmet at all times to protect the safety of the rider. Between 2016 and 2017, motorcycle fatalities increased by 5.2% in Illinois, unlike the rest of the country which saw fatality rates decline.

According to the National Institute for Highway Safety, helmets are 37% effective in preventing motorcyclist deaths and about 67% effective in preventing brain injuries.

Despite the enforcement of helmet laws, not wearing a helmet in the event of a crash can lead to serious and even life-threatening injuries. It can also lead you, the rider, to be held at fault for your injuries.

 

7 Steps to Take Immediately after an Edwardsville Motorcycle Accident

  1. If you see anyone who is injured, call 911 right away to report the injury. Even if no one is injured, you should still contact the authorities and report the accident right away.
  2. If you are able, move out of the roadway and into a safe area near the road, such as the shoulder. This will reduce the risk of further accidents. If you or others cannot move off the roadway, set out hazards to let other drivers know that there has been an accident.
  3. Mitigate all injuries and losses. Seek medical attention, even if your injuries are minor. Even very minor injuries can progress into or warn of more serious injuries that are not immediately apparent. Do not forget to document all medical expenses that you incur as a result of the accident.
  4. Contact an experienced Edwardsville motorcycle accident lawyer. TorHoerman Law, Edwardsville injury lawyers, offers free, no-obligation consultations.
  5. Document all of the details of the scene and the accident and gather evidence. This may include taking videos and photos of the scene, writing down your recollection of what happened, obtaining the contact information of witnesses and others involved, and giving a statement to authorities.
  6. After the accident, report the accident to your insurance provider. Be sure to provide your insurance company with all of the information that you gathered from the scene of the accident, including photos, videos, statements, etc.
  7. Keep detailed records of all costs associated with the accident. This may include, but is not limited to, time off work, medical expenses, personal property damages, pain and suffering, costs of enjoyment of life, etc.

 

Common Edwardsville Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Some of the most common injuries that we see as Edwardsville motorcycle accident lawyers include:

  • Head Injuries
  • Road Rash / Skin Burns
  • Neck Injuries / High Back Injuries
  • Broken Arms / Legs
  • Serious Brain Injury
  • Death

 

While some of these injuries are unavoidable, others can be avoided through proper safety precautions, like wearing a helmet and other protective equipment.

 

Who is Liable in an Accident?

There are many factors that determine liability in a motorcycle accident, and it is all based on the individual accident and its factors.

Other drivers on the roads have a responsibility to watch out for motorcyclists. If they do not follow the rules of the road, are under the influence, or are distracted, they could be held liable for an accident. The same can be said for owners of vehicles who allow someone to drive their vehicle but are not properly licensed or are underage.

Manufacturers have a duty to produce parts that allow the vehicle to run efficiently. If the vehicle or part has a design flaw, the manufacturer of that part can be at fault for the accident.

Liability can also be given to employers of company vehicles. If an accident is caused by a courier for a larger company, that company could be held responsible.

 

How Much is My Motorcycle Accident Worth?

After an accident, you may wonder what you’re entitled to. The question is common, but the answer depends on the specific accident.

You must take into account both liability and damages in personal injury cases. If another individual was to blame for your accident, they are held liable for any damages that you incur. Damages can pertain to both physical and emotional damages such as the loss of income if you were not able to work as a result of the injury or the emotional turmoil you experienced as a result of the accident. There are many types of physical and emotional damage, but the job of a lawyer is to outline those damages to then either take your case to trial or negotiate a settlement.

To get a better idea of what your motorcycle accident is worth, it’s important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner your case can be resolved.

 

Hiring an Edwardsville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

An Edwardsville motorcycle accident lawyer at TorHoerman Law Office can navigate the civil litigation process and many Illinois laws and statutes surrounding motorcycles and accidents. An experienced lawyer will decide the best legal avenue for your case, whether it be dealing directly with insurance providers, negotiating a settlement, or taking your case to court.

Your Edwardsville motorcycle accident lawyer will work to gain you compensation to cover the total amount of your losses.

The choice of legal representation is an important one and should not be taken lightly. Seek representation from an attorney with experience, an understanding of the law, the resources necessary to litigate your case, and a commitment to you and your best interests.

 

TorHoerman Law, Edwardsville Motorcycle Accident Law Firm

If you believe that you may qualify for an Edwardsville motorcycle accident lawsuit, contact an experienced Edwardsville motorcycle accident lawyer  from TorHoerman Law today. We will fight to get you full compensation for the losses that you incurred at no fault of your own.

Our team of award-winning attorneys are considered some of the best personal injury lawyers in Illinois. We are a local Edwardsville law firm with experienced Edwardsville motorcycle accident attorneys that are familiar with the laws and courts in the region.

We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we do not charge our clients any legal fees until they have been awarded compensation for their losses. No compensation – no fees. We will foot the bill if we do not win your case. That is our guarantee to you that we are dedicated to your lawsuit.

 

TorHoerman Law – your Edwardsville motorcycle accident law firm.

 

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