Although motorcycle accidents are less common than auto accidents, they are considerably more severe. Motorcyclists are not covered by the same protective barriers as cars and other passenger vehicles, making motorcycle accidents more likely to result in serious injuries or death than car accidents.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, under Illinois law, you may be able to recover compensatory damages for the following:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
- Household services
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Permanent disability
- Property damages
In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded to the plaintiff. Punitive damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from engaging in similar conduct in the future.
If the estimated damages in a motorcycle accident lawsuit or other personal injury lawsuit exceed $50,000, the case will proceed through the circuit court system. If the estimated damages are less than $50,000, the case will proceed in municipal court.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s critical to hire a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible so an investigation into your case can begin immediately. At Ankin Law Office, our Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys are skilled in handling motorcycle accident cases in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Contact us today at (312) 600-0000 to schedule your free consultation to learn how we can help you recover money damages following a motorcycle accident.