Collisions between a motorcycle and a motor vehicle can be deadly. Many motorcyclists suffer severe injury and even death due to accidents on Effingham roads, leading to thousands of dollars in expenses and significant physical and emotional pain.
If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident and suspect negligence played a role in your crash, contact Duncan Law Group today. Our attorneys will represent your best interests so you can secure the compensation you need to recover.
Under Illinois law, you have the right to claim compensatory damages for losses you sustained in a motorcycle accident involving someone else’s negligence or recklessness. To do so, you can either file an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit in civil court.
Through these actions, you can claim damages for economic and non-economic losses related to your motorcycle accident. Economic damages refer to your tangible out-of-pocket losses, while non-economic damages involve the emotional, pain and suffering harm.
Common types of damages you can claim in a motorcycle accident include the following:
Calculating these damages can be complex, especially for non-economic losses. Your attorney from Duncan Law Group can evaluate your claim and determine which damages you are eligible for, helping you understand what your case is worth.
In some cases, the court will find that the at-fault party is not completely responsible for the injuries you suffer in a motorcycle accident. If the court determines your actions contributed to your damages, this decision can affect your final settlement.
Illinois is a comparative fault state, which means you can recover compensation in a personal injury claim even if you were partially at fault, up to 50%. The court will then reduce your award by the amount of fault you share.
For example, if you are seeking $20,000 in damages and the court finds you were speeding when the driver in your case ran a red light and hit you, the court can hold you responsible for 10% of the accident. You will only receive $18,000 out of your settlement. If the court finds you responsible for 51% of the accident, you will not receive any compensation.
If you are the victim of an Effingham motorcycle crash, do not wait to seek help. Duncan Law Group can help you understand your legal options, plan your next steps, determine your optimal pathways toward maximum possible compensation.
Contact our firm today to schedule your consultation with one of our motorcycle accident attorneys. We will listen to your story and provide you with the legal counsel you need.