As a motorcycle rider, you are probably aware of the numerous dangers you face on the road. One of these dangers is negligent drivers. Unfortunately, when motorists do not drive with the vigilance they should, the worst can happen. Here is how negligence comes into play in a motorcycle accident and personal injury claim.
Common Types of Negligent Driving
There are many different forms of negligent driving, stemming from inattentiveness to an outside disregard for the lives of others on the road. Common examples of negligent driving include:
Distracted driving. Changing a CD, using a GPS system, or talking to passengers can take a driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off of driving.
Texting and driving. Illinois banned texting behind the wheel in 2010 and the use of hand-held cellphones in 2014.
Changing lanes without looking. Motorcycles have a thin profile and can be missed when drivers do not stay vigilant and use their mirrors.
Tailgating. Larger vehicles and trucks take longer to come to a stop.
Driving under the influence. Impaired driving can result in a disaster on the road.
Proving Liability in a Motorcycle Crash
In order to prove negligence in a motorcycle accident, you and your personal injury attorney will need to show that:
1. The driver acted in a certain way or took a certain action
2. The driver did not follow some law that they should have
3. These actions resulted in your motorcycle accident and injuries resulting from it
4. You suffered losses due to the crash (medical bills, pain, and suffering, property damage)
The sad reality is that, when these accidents involve motorcyclists, the injuries are typically much more severe or even fatal. Drivers, make sure to take extra precautions while on the road in order to ensure the safety of everyone on the road, including those on two wheels.
Contact our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Our Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys are motorcycle riders as well. We understand the constant dangers that riders face and how an act of negligence can take a life. If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident due to a negligent driver, we can help you prove liability and seek the compensation you need to heal.
Contact our sponsor McNabola & Associates for help pursuing your motorcycle accident claim.