Have you been harmed in a DuPage County, IL, motorcycle accident? These accidents can cause devastating injuries with permanent consequences. You can receive compensation for your pain and suffering, repair costs, medical bills, and more if you’re successful in your personal injury claim. The Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid are here to fight for your interests.
Since our personal injury law firm was founded in 2005, our attorneys have collected over $150 million for our deserving clients. In addition, our DuPage County motorcycle accident lawyers have a combined 74 years of experience. These facts give us the confidence necessary to stand up for our client’s rights no matter the nature of their personal injury accident.
How the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid Can Help After a Motorcycle Crash in DuPage County
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming, even confusing. For instance, you might have an insurance adjuster regularly communicating with you under the guise that they’re a friendly ally. The truth is that they are incentivized to minimize the value of your claim, even if they work for your insurance company.
You shouldn’t have to worry about things like this when you’re recovering from your injuries. The DuPage County personal injury lawyers with the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid will take care of every aspect of your compensation claim when you heal and rest from the accident.
We’re award-winning attorneys who have been recognized as Rising Stars by the prominent legal organization Super Lawyers. If you choose us to represent you, we will be able to assist in the following ways:
- Gathering evidence, identifying every liable party, and hiring witnesses to determine the full extent of your damages and to strengthen your case
- Negotiating a fair settlement agreement on your behalf with the other party or parties involved in your case
- If the other side won’t negotiate in good faith, we can file a lawsuit and even bring your case all the way to trial if necessary
- Keeping you up-to-date on the status of your case and your legal options at every relevant point
If you’d like to start forming an attorney-client relationship or if you just want additional information, give our law office in DuPage County, Illinois, a call today to set up your free case review.
DuPage County Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) makes limited data available on motorcycle accident statistics across the state, including for DuPage County. The numbers discussed here were drawn from IDOT’s County Summary Crash Report for 2021.
IDOT motorcycle accident statistics for DuPage County in 2021 reveal the following information:
- There were a total of 166 motorcycle accidents in the county in 2021
- Of those, 132 were injury-causing, 29 resulted in property damage only, and five were fatal
These statistics reveal that most motorcycle accidents in the county result in an injury and that a motorcycle crash in DuPage County occurs just under every other day, on average.
Riders Can Suffer Severe Injuries in DuPage County Motorcycle Accidents
Because motorcycles offer their riders relatively little protection in the event of a crash, the motorcyclist often is left with more serious injuries. This can be especially true in a state like Illinois, where motorcyclists are not legally required to wear helmets. Some of the more common injuries riders suffer in motorcycle accidents in DuPage County include:
- Bone breaks and fractures
- Neck injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Road rash
- Nerve damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Chest injuries
- Leg injuries
- Organ damage
- Wrongful death
Whether or not the injuries you have sustained are listed above, the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid can help you obtain compensation from the at-fault party.
Determining Liability for a Motorcycle Crash in DuPage County, IL
The plaintiff in a personal injury case is the injured victim, and the defendant is the at-fault party. The plaintiff has the burden of proof to assert that the defendant is at fault for their injuries; the standard of proof is “by a preponderance of the evidence.” This means that, as the personal injury victim, you will need to demonstrate with evidence that it is more likely true than not that the defendant is responsible for the accident and your injuries.
In most motorcycle accident cases, you’ll establish liability via a negligence cause of action. Some cases, such as those based on a defective product, may be based on a strict liability cause of action instead.
Negligence is a legal term with a meaning similar to “carelessness,” and it occurs when a person violates a given duty of care, causing harm to another person as a result. The evidence you can use to demonstrate liability includes:
- Photographs and videos of the accident scene
- Eyewitness testimony
- Medical records
- CCTV footage
These are just a few examples. Our attorneys will conduct a thorough internal review of your case once you hire us, and one goal of that review is to collect any available evidence supporting your claim.
What Happens If I’m Being Blamed After a Motorcycle Accident in Illinois?
You can still recover compensation if you’re partially at fault for your motorcycle accident in DuPage County, Illinois, but only up until a point.
Illinois currently operates under a modified comparative negligence standard with a 51% bar to recovery. Under this system, you will be assigned a percentage of fault for the motorcycle crash.
From there, your compensation award may be reduced according to that percentage, or it may be eliminated entirely.
For example, If you are assigned 25% of the fault for the accident and are awarded $100,000, that award may be reduced to $75,000. But if you are assigned 51% of the blame instead, you cannot recover any compensation.
Even though, by law, motorcyclists don’t have to wear helmets in DuPage County, it is still a good idea to wear one. There are obvious safety benefits to wearing a helmet, which go without saying. But not wearing a helmet could allow the other side to reduce their liability for your claim, depending on the nature of the accident and your injuries.
Contributory fault is a critical issue in many motorcycle accident cases, as it can even allow the other side to escape liability entirely. With an experienced attorney on your side, you’ll be well-equipped to fight back against these allegations.
What Is the Value of My DuPage County Motorcycle Accident Case?
DuPage County motorcycle accident cases vary greatly in value; some are worth in the thousands of dollars or less, while others can be worth millions. While we can’t let you know the value of your case before learning about the facts and circumstances involved, we can fill you in on some factors that influence how much most motorcycle accident cases are worth:
- How old you were at the time of the crash
- Whether you’ll make a full medical recovery from your injuries
- The amount of evidence there is to prove your claim
- The terms of any relevant insurance policies
Generally speaking, the cases involving the most serious injuries are worth the most. However, the matter is much more complex than that. The best way to learn about your case’s value is to contact one of our DuPage County motorcycle accident lawyers for a free case review.
What Is the Deadline for Filing a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit in Illinois?
The Illinois statute of limitations for personal injury allows you two years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit. If you file your lawsuit too late, you’ll lose your ability to pursue compensation. A court of law won’t hear your case, and you won’t have any bargaining power left with the other party.
However, there are exceptions to this deadline for certain motorcycle accident cases, so it is possible you have more time than that to file – but you could also have less. Feel free to contact our legal team if you have any questions about how the statute of limitations applies in your situation.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With Our DuPage County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
You deserve compensation if you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident in DuPage County, IL. While you place your focus on healing and recovering from your injuries, our DuPage County motorcycle accident attorneys will work hard to maximize the value of your compensation claim.
Our law firm works on contingency, meaning it costs you nothing upfront to hire us. We only receive attorneys’ fees if secure a financial award for you, and our fees will be taken as a percentage of that financial award. With this system, we only win if you do.
For more information about how the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid can help with your case, call today or reach us online.