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motorcycle accidents

Americans love their motorcycles and the freedom of the open road. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured per mile driven than occupants of passenger cars, and almost 29 times more likely to die in a crash.
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Motorcycle riders are often injured when the driver of a passenger vehicle fails to see the motorcycle and causes a crash. Because the motorcycle ride lacks a seatbelt and the protection offered by the interior of a car, the injuries in a motorcycle crash are frequently serious.


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Get to a safe place. If you or others are in the roadway, try to move to the side of the road and if possible, activate hazard lights and set up warning cones or road flares further down the road toward oncoming traffic. These steps are important to lower the risk of a second crash.
Assess those involved in the crash for injuries requiring emergency medical treatment and contact law enforcement.

Remember, even if you do not see any visible injuries following a crash, or if adrenaline or shock prevents you from realizing the extent of an injury at the scene of a crash, it is important to get examined by a medical professional. When being examined, make sure you advise the doctor that you were in an accident, and explain all the symptoms you are having.
Stay calm. Being in a crash is naturally a high stress time; however, try to avoid yelling, cursing, and/or blaming the other driver(s).
Next, exchange contact information with the other driver(s) and photograph the scene and vehicles.
Report the facts of what occurred to the responding law enforcement officer so a written report may be prepared.
Contact your insurance company and advise them you have been in a crash. It is important to cooperate with your own insurance company; however, you should not give the other driver’s insurance company a recorded statement or sign any documents.

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After taking these initial steps, contact the Beard Law Firm for a free consultation at (618) 351-1000 to discuss the next steps in the claim process. The attorneys at the Beard Law Firm live and work in Southern Illinois and have successfully prosecuted car wreck cases all over the area. Unlike law firms that are outside Southern Illinois, we can and do travel to the scene of these accidents right away to begin collecting evidence in the case. Our experienced attorneys can assist you with negotiating with the insurance company, navigating healthcare liens and bills, and filing a lawsuit, if necessary.
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frequently asked questions

  • Q: How long do I have to file a motorcycle lawsuit in Illinois?

    A: In Illinois, you usually have 2 years to file suit, but it may be limited to 1 year depending on different factors. An experienced attorney can help you determine the applicable time limit.
  • Q: What if I was a passenger on a motorcycle that was injured in an accident?
    A: Motorcycle passengers can pursue the at fault driver’s insurance and possibly their own insurance for a recovery for their injuries.
  • Q: What should I do after a motorcycle accident? 

    A: After being involved in a motorcycle accident, you should act similarly to after being in a motor vehicle accident. Move away from the flow of traffic, call law enforcement, collect contact information, and seek medical attention if necessary.
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