CHICAGO MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
Multimillion-dollar verdicts for motorcycle crash victims.
Though motorcycles make up just three percent of all registered vehicles in the U.S., they account for roughly 15 percent of traffic fatalities each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates upwards of 88,000 people are injured in motorcycle crashes annually. Even the most skilled motorcyclists face challenges navigating distracted drivers and increasingly crowded roadways.
Because motorcyclists are so exposed, victims of crashes often suffer catastrophic injuries such as head trauma, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, disfigurement, amputation, paralysis, severe burns, permanent disability and even death. Motorcycle crashes place a heavy financial burden on victims, who are responsible for extensive medical bills and ongoing rehabilitation, among other possible costs.
At Cavanagh Law Group, our attorneys work with medical experts, traffic experts and some of the best crash reconstruction experts in the country to prove negligence — whether it’s a driver, faulty equipment or a construction company at fault. In 2012, our firm obtained a $1.9 million settlement for a man who was struck from behind while standing at a red light on his motorcycle. He was thrown onto the hood of a car, shattering the car’s windshield, and suffered serious bodily injuries and a closed head injury.
About Cavanagh Law Group
Cavanagh Law Group has obtained more than $650 million in verdicts and settlements in Illinois and across the United States. Our veteran trial attorneys are aggressive advocates who practice every facet of personal injury law and take on cases of all sizes. We operate on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay anything unless we win. At Cavanagh Law Group, we pride ourselves on attentive customer service and being there for families in their times of need. Our well respected, award-winning attorneys are available 24/7 for your questions and concerns. To schedule a free case evaluation, call 312-425-1900.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I was involved in a car accident?
Call the police immediately and file a police report. Even if the damage was minor, it is essential to document what happened with a law enforcement agency. Take photos at the scene.
Never admit fault. Your testimony could be used against you at a later date. While you are required to speak to police, there is no obligation to talk to another person’s attorney or insurance company. Avoid providing written or oral statements.
Report the accident to your own insurance company as soon as possible — but don’t admit fault. Many insurance companies have rules requiring policyholders to report crashes within a certain timeframe. Check your policy to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines.
Visit a doctor as soon as possible after the crash. Whether you’re filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, it is imperative that a medical professional documents your injuries.
Hire an attorney. Cavanagh Law Group’s team of veteran trial attorneys will help you obtain maximum benefits through meticulous research, proven strategy and expert testimony.
Can I still receive compensation if I was partially at fault?
Yes. Illinois has comparative negligence laws, which allow injured parties to have some degree of fault in an accident and still recover reduced damages. The amount of money recovered may be proportional to the degree to which a person is at fault. Insurance companies make determinations following interviews with witnesses and involved parties and a thorough review of the accident report.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
Under Illinois law, people have two years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit in civil court. That timeframe drops to one year if the claim is against a municipal government, such as a city or county.