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What Are Some Common Injuries After an Illinois Motorcycle Accident?Riding a motorcycle is a popular form of transportation for many Americans, especially as the weather gets warmer. Unfortunately, with the rising temperatures, traffic fatalities also tend to rise, especially for motorcyclists. According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 5,100 motorcyclists killed from traffic crashes in 2017, with thousands more who suffered injuries. Even in motorcycle crashes that do not involve fatalities, the injuries can be very serious and can have a lifelong impact on the victim.

Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries

There is a wide range of injuries that could occur after a motorcycle accident. The type and severity of injuries that occur depend on the circumstances of the accident, such as what the motorcyclist was wearing at the time of the accident, whether or not he or she was wearing a helmet and the type of crash that occurred. In many cases, injuries are more severe if the motorcyclist was not wearing protective gear when they got into the accident. Here are a few common motorcycle accident injuries:

  1. Broken Bones: Many times, motor vehicle accidents involve broken bones. In the case of motorcycle accidents, broken bones are common because the motorcyclist has little to nothing to protect themselves during the accident. Broken bones are often easy to identify because a person’s movement is typically limited or comes with intense pain if a bone is broken.
  2. Road Rash: Another rather common motorcycle accident injury is called road rash. This type of injury is a skin abrasion that occurs when a person’s skin comes into contact with the asphalt and is scraped off. Road rash can occur in degrees of severity and appears in many motorcycle accidents, from minor to severe crashes.
  3. Head Injuries: Head injuries are always possible from a motorcycle accident because of the exposed nature of a motorcycle. Other passenger vehicles provide protection from the outside because of the metal frame surrounding the occupants. Motorcyclists do not have such protection and can suffer head injuries if they are jostled around or if their head comes into contact with something else. Concussions are common with and without helmets, though the lack of a helmet often means head injuries are much more serious and could even be life-threatening.

Contact a Tinley Park, IL, Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorney Today

If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you should speak immediately with a skilled Cook County motorcycle accident injury lawyer. At the Law Office of John S. Fotopoulos, P.C., we understand how injuries from an accident could affect you for the rest of your life. Our team of skilled lawyers is here to help you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries that have occurred to you. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 708-942-8400.

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Tips to Help Avoid a Motorcycle Accident in IllinoisFor many Americans, motorcycles are a preferred method of transportation during the warmer months. Now that the snow has melted and the sun is shining, there are more and more people who are out enjoying their bikes. Though this is a cherished pastime for some, it can be deadly for others. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 5,000 motorcyclists who were killed in traffic accidents in 2017, with tens of thousands more who suffered from injuries. Fortunately, you can lessen your risk of being injured or killed in a motorcycle traffic accident. Here are a few ways you can reduce your chance of being in a motorcycle accident:

  1. Wear Adequate Protection: The first thing you can do to keep yourself safe is to wear clothing and gear that can provide you with protection. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable because they do not have the structure of a vehicle surrounding them, as others do. Before you hop on your bike, you should be sure to wear long pants and long sleeves, ideally made out of leather or heavy denim. You should also be wearing a helmet that meets the Department of Transportation’s safety standards.
  2. Know What You Are Doing: If you are a first-time rider, you should be fully licensed and have taken some sort of a riding course before you begin riding. The NHTSA states that around 27 percent of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were riding without valid motorcycle licenses. Even if you are not new to riding, you should take a refresher course to ensure you are practicing safe riding habits.
  3. Do Not Impair Your Ability to Ride Safely: Unsurprisingly, more motorcycle accidents – especially fatal motorcycle accidents – happen when the rider is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Never ride your motorcycle when you have been drinking or taking drugs. 
  4. Do Not Assume You Are Always Visible: Most motorcycle accidents occur simply because other drivers cannot see you. Motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles and can get lost in a vehicle’s blind spots rather easily. You should never assume that another driver can see you or knows where you are. Try to stay out of other vehicle’s blind spots and wear brightly-colored, reflective clothing.

Were You Injured in a Motorcycle Crash? A Cook County Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help

Sometimes accidents happen through little to no fault of yours. If you were in a motorcycle accident that resulted in injuries to yourself, or a loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to claim compensation for your losses. At the Law Office of John S. Fotopoulos, P.C., we can help you pursue a personal injury claim for your motorcycle accident injuries. Let our knowledgeable Orland Park motorcycle accident lawyers help you – call our office today at 708-942-8400 to schedule a free consultation.

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Orland Park personal injury lawyer, motorcycle accidentApproximately 4,500 people are killed each year in motorcycle accidents, according to federal safety statistics. Even a non-fatal motorcycle accident can leave a driver with serious injuries and cost thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost income. Therefore, when an accident is the result of another party’s negligence, it is important to hold him or her accountable.

Lying in Road Not an “Overt Action”

Sometimes a motorcycle accident may not be directly caused by another person, but there is still a question as to how a person’s actions may have led to the victim’s injuries. An Illinois appeals court recently addressed such a case. The central question was whether two dog owners’ alleged carelessness led to a motorcycle accident.

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