Chicago, Illinois Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycle accidents, although less common than auto accidents, often have devastating consequences. Determining the cause of the motorcycle accident is crucial to determining whether liability can be imposed. The Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys at Ankin Law understand the complex legal implications of a motorcycle accident and we are committed to protecting the rights of victims of motorcycle accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact one of our knowledgeable Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your motorcycle accident.
Most motorcycle accidents are not caused by the motorcyclists themselves. Most motorcycle accidents are caused by motorists in other vehicles failing to see a motorcyclist or failing to yield the right of way to a motorcyclist. Road hazards and lane splitting are also among the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.
Federal, state, and municipal governments have an obligation to maintain their roadways. The failure to properly maintain roads in a safe condition can cause accidents to occur – accidents that are often more devastating for motorcyclists. Common road hazards include railroad tracks; cattle guards; oil, antifreeze and other slippery car fluids; gravel on pavement; painted crosswalks; downed trees and telephone poles; potholes; and edge breaks.
Lane splitting, also referred to as lane sharing, whitelining, filtering or white-striping, is the dangerous practice of moving between lanes of vehicles that are moving in the same direction but may be stopped or are moving slower than the motorcycle moving between them and it is illegal in most states. Liability for accidents caused by lane splitting depends a great deal on whether or not lane splitting is illegal in that state. Most states prohibit lane splitting, but the laws of each state vary on the specific practices that are illegal.
Additional common causes for motorcycle accidents include:
- Aggressive driving
- Bad weather
- Improper braking and turning
- Bad road conditions
- Lane splitting
- Alcohol-related accidents
Determining the cause of any motorcycle accident is vital to establishing fault for the accident and seeking damages. 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, our Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys are skilled in handling motorcycle accident cases in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Contact us today at (800) 442-6546 to schedule your free consultation and discuss your motorcycle accident with one of our knowledgeable Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys.