Even if you ride your motorcycle carefully and follow all traffic laws on Peoria roads, you may still be at risk of an accident. Cars, trucks, and even other motorcyclists can commit negligence and crash into you, leading to severe injury and financial, emotional, and physical damages.
If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident in Peoria, trust Duncan Law Group to help you through this difficult time. We will handle each aspect of your motorcycle accident claim so you can focus on healing, not paperwork.
In Illinois, you have two years to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit in civil court or the court will dismiss your claim. This is because of a rule known as the statute of limitations, which imposes a deadline on your case.
The statute of limitations is important because it helps ensure your evidence is fresh and available and witnesses are able to give reliable testimony. However, waiting too long to file your claim will cause you to lose your chances of compensation. Contact the attorneys at Duncan Law Group as soon as possible to ensure you meet this deadline.
To successfully secure compensation in a motorcycle accident claim, you and your lawyer will need to prove that the at-fault party committed negligence. Establishing negligence requires proving the following four elements:
Illinois courts can place extra scrutiny on motorcyclists due to the negative stereotypes surrounding these vehicles. As a result, the court may find you to be partially responsible for your accident, reducing your award in the process.
Illinois follows the comparative negligence rule in these situations, which reduces your award amount by the portion of liability you share. If you share more than 50% of the fault, you do not receive any compensation.
For example, if the court finds you were speeding at the time of the crash and you are seeking $20,000 in compensation, it can assign you 40% of the blame and reduce your award to $12,000. If you are responsible for 51% of the accident, you do not receive any settlement.
If you are struggling with injuries following a motorcycle accident in Peoria, Duncan Law Group can help. Our attorneys are committed to our clients’ maximum possible recovery, and we will work closely with you to build a compelling case for your compensation.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and discuss your next steps.