Motorcyclists: Know Your Rights if You've Been Injured by a Motorist's Negligence

Last updated 1 year ago

Multi-vehicle collisions involving a motorcycle and a passenger car most commonly occur when the passenger makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle. In these cases, even though the car is violating the motorcyclist’s right of way and traffic control laws, motorcyclists are much more likely to be injured than the car driver or passengers during a motorcycle accident. As a motorcyclist, this fact alone makes it important to know your rights when it comes to personal injuries caused by other motorists on the road. However, there are many other statistics that warrant informing yourself of your rights before you take the road as a motorcyclist.


Approximately 75% of all motorcycle accidents involve colliding with another vehicle, most often a passenger car. Of these accidents, two-thirds of them involved a case in which the driver of car violated the motorcyclist’s right of way, causing the accident. Most of these drivers claim that they did not see the other motorcycle, or that they saw them too late to avoid the collision. The failure of drivers to detect, recognize, and avoid motorcycles in traffic is one of the most predominant causes of motorcycle accidents.


Motorcyclists have an extremely high risk of injury when they are involved in an accident with another vehicle—98% of motorcyclists suffered injuries as a result of colliding with another vehicle, and 45% of these injuries were more than a minor injury. Most accidents leave the motorcyclist with under two seconds to recognize and avoid potential impacts, and almost half of accidents between two or more vehicles cite that glare or other vehicles obstructed their view of the motorcyclist.

The statistics show that most motorcycle drivers don’t have to worry about their own riding skills as much as of those of the other drivers around them. More often than not, these other drivers intrude on the motorcycle’s right of way, and are the cause of motorcycle accidents and the ensuring injuries to their riders. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in the Chicago area and would like to contact a professional to learn more about your rights, call the injury attorneys of Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. We believe in fighting for the just compensation our clients deserve- quickly and efficiently.


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