If you are searching for a Schaumburg motorcycle accident lawyer, you’ve likely been in an accident and suffered personal injuries or property damage. It is estimated that roughly 80% of motorcycle crashes result in motorcycle injuries. That is because riding on a motorcycle provides virtually no protection for the rider.
While we oppose mandatory helmet laws, we do strongly suggest that all riders wear a helmet, protective jacket, leg coverings, boots and leather gloves at all times when riding a motorcycle. This is the best way to avoid serious injuries in an accident.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle Injuries come in all shapes and sizes. In our practice, the most common motorcycle injuries we see include:
- Road rash
- Broken knuckles, fingers and toes
- Other broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Wrongful Death
As a Schaumburg motorcycle accident lawyer at the Chicago Legal Group, we’ve handled all kinds of motorcycle injuries. We’ve participated in the recovery of millions of dollars in compensation for accident victims.
In addition to helping you recover for your property damage (which a lot of law firms won’t do), medical bills and pain and suffering, we may also be able to obtain compensation for your lost wages and mental anguish.
Document Everything to do with your Accident
One mistake we see is that accident victims in Schaumburg and throughout Illinois fail to document the simplest things – things that will be beneficial to your case.
After you are involved in an accident, you may be injured and therefore unable to obtain the other driver’s auto insurance information. But if you can, make sure you get it. It will save you weeks of waiting for the police report to come out to get the information.
Also, always call the police after an accident. In the riding community, some riders don’t like to call the cops, especially for a small accident. But stories can change and do all the time. The person who accepted responsibility for the accident at the scene could change his or her story later. So, get the cops to document what happened if possible.
You may want to start to keep a journal about what you’re going through. This may be admitted into evidence theoretically later so keep that in mind. But a journal helps in other ways too. So many times we’ve had calls with accident victims a year later when we are preparing a demand letter to an insurance company. We always ask our clients:
- Tell me what type of pain were you in?
- Where was it, how bad was it, did you have to take Tylenol or another medication etc.?
- Did it interfere with your ability to get a good night’s sleep?
- Did you have to use a walker/crutch?
- How long after the accident were you unable to have sex with your spouse
- And so forth
If you don’t document these things right when they are happening, you will forget the facts later– guaranteed.
Should I Take Photographs of My Injuries?
So many times we’ve spoken with clients and asked them to provide us with photographs so that we can prove their case and so many times they have none. A photograph really does tell a thousand words so take them. We all have cell phones with cameras in them.
For example, let’s say you are taking a left turn out of the Woodfield Mall and heading to Golf Road to jump on the 53 freeway. A car going straight T-bones you. You’re ok. First, call the police. Then take photos of the scene of the accident, the location of the accident, your injuries if you have any, and the damage to your property – both the motorcycle and personal property.
Now it may be that you’re injured and as such, you cannot do any of the above. It happens often. In that case, get someone else to take photos as soon as possible. Again, photos of the scene, of you in the hospital and your injuries, and so forth. Finally, if that’s not possible, as soon as you are able, take all the photographs you can.
A Little Information About Schaumburg
Our office is located in Glenview, Illinois. We are just down Golf Road or Central from Schaumburg. Best of all, we will come to you in many circumstances so you can remain in Schaumburg as you recover.
Schaumburg is a great community and some of our managing partner’s family live in Schaumburg off Roselle Road. So, we have spent a great deal of time there.
If the police did not report to the scene of the accident, it is important you go to the Village of Schaumburg Police Department to file a report at 101 Schaumburg Court or call them at 1-847-895-4500.
If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident in or near Schaumburg and you would like to talk to an attorney for free, call us at 1-847-305-4105.