Champaign County Motorcycle Accidents Lawyer
Nothing beats riding a motorcycle in the sun on a warm Illinois day. But as a rider, you need to be careful when you’re out on the open road. Other motorists are not always looking out for motorcycles, as they are smaller than passenger vehicles and are encountered less frequently.
Getting hit by a car can result in a catastrophic accident for a motorcycle rider. You could end up with broken bones, back and neck injuries, head trauma, road rash, and other serious injuries. It’s possible that you could even get killed in a crash.
As a motorcyclist, the risk of getting involved in a serious crash is very high. If you have been affected, seek legal help from a Champaign County motorcycle accident lawyer from Patel Law, PC. We know how devastating these injuries can be. See how our team can help you get back on your feet.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle crashes can happen in many ways. Some of the most common situations include:
Intoxication. Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol can affect your riding, causing a decrease in judgment, coordination, balance, and memory. In fact, intoxication is a common cause of injuries and death. Close to 30% of fatalities are caused by alcohol consumption.
Speeding. Motorcycles are meant for speed, so it’s no surprise that many riders like to go fast. However, the need for speed often gets riders killed when they lose control. Speed-related crashes can be caused by poor weather conditions, potholes, debris in the road, and other factors. Keep in mind that excessive speed is dangerous to yourself and others.
Inexperience. Many people think they can simply hop on a motorcycle and know what they’re doing. This is hardly ever the case. Riding a motorcycle is a lot different than driving a car. It’s a good idea to take classes or get a coach to help you improve your skills before getting out on busy roads. Practice in areas with little traffic.
Road conditions. Passenger vehicles can handle roads better than motorcycles. It’s a difference between four wheels vs. two. Motorcycles have a hard time when there are potholes, puddles, ice, gravel, sand, and debris in the road. Railroad tracks, curves, insufficient shoulders, and poor lighting are also issues that riders need to worry about.
Left turns. When motorists are turning left, they often turn into motorcycles because the drivers don’t see the bikes. This in attentional blindness is caused by drivers not expecting motorcycles to be there.
Contact Patel Law, PC Today
Motorcycle riders have nothing to protect them in the event of a crash except for their gear. But even helmets, jackets, pants, and boots cannot protect a rider from every situation.
A Champaign County motorcycle accident lawyer from Patel Law, PC can help you with your case. We will work tirelessly to investigate your accident and preserve evidence in order to prove liability. Get started with a free consultation. Fill out the online form or call (217) 384-1111.