Written by Sondra Kuehn on . Posted in Personal Injury

Motorcycles can be an economical way both to commute to school or work, as well as for recreational riding for fun and enjoyment. However because motorcycles do not provide the same protection as the much larger frame and body of a car or truck, motorcycle riders and passengers can find themselves in greater danger while traveling the highways and streets in Chicago and other places in Illinois.

It is estimated that there are more than 300,000 motorcycle riders licensed in the state of Illinois. Data from the Illinois Department of Transportation for a recent year shows that there were over 3700 motorcycle accidents in the state of Illinois. Although this represents a little more than 1% of the total number of motor vehicle accidents, fatalities involving motorcycles can run as high as 10% to 15% of all deaths on the road.

Motorcycles are governed by the same Rules of the Road as other vehicles in Illinois, and must obey the same traffic laws. However, because motorcycles are much smaller than cars or trucks, drivers of those vehicles may cause accidents or collisions with motorcycles despite the best efforts of motorcycle riders to observe all safety laws. This can be caused by a lack of attention by drivers who fail to see motorcycles, and can be made worse by the lesser protection that motorcycles give their riders as compared to cars and trucks.

Illinois does not require motorcycle riders to wear helmets, although persons riding on motorcycles, both as drivers and passengers, are required to have glasses, goggles or a transparent shield on the front of the motorcycle. Because a motorcyclist cannot always count on drivers of cars and trucks to be as aware as they should be of motorcycles, they need to be extra careful on the road. Always allow sufficient room when passing or merging in traffic. Always signal turns well in advance and observe traffic control devices. Even if you are careful, this does not mean that the negligence of another driver might not cause a motorcyclist to be injured or hurt in an accident.

If you are injured on a motorcycle due to the negligence of another driver, the law firm of Goldman and Associates LLC can help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries, medical bills and loss of normal life. We can also assist families of persons who may be killed in motorcycle accidents obtain justice. Please contact our office for more information.

New Law Will Help Injured Persons Receive Compensation Quicker

Written by James P. Nally on . Posted in Personal Injury

A new law has been passed in Illinois which should speed payment of compensation to injured persons. The new law creates procedures for people who are owed settlements for personal injuries to collect the money.

As an injured person, you are entitled to be compensated for injuries caused by the negligence of others. The vast majority of cases are settled without a trial in court. However, until now defendants who settle cases could drag their feet in paying the settlement amount to the injured person. The new law should speed up the process.

Under the law, a settling defendant must give a release to the Plaintiff (the legal term for the injured person) within 14 days of the settlement being agreed to in writing. A release is a document that the injured person signs stating that they are settling their claim against the defendant for the agreed-upon settlement amount. Once the Plaintiff signs the release, and any additional settlement documents have been given by the Plaintiff’s attorney to the defendant, the defendant must pay the settlement amount within 30 days of the complete settlement documents being turned over to the defendant.

If the defendant fails to make payment within 30 days from the settlement documents being turned over, an injured party can go into court for a hearing. If the court decides that payment from the defendant has not been made within 30 days after all the necessary documents were given to the defendant, a judgment is entered against the defendant for the amount of the settlement, costs incurred in obtaining the judgment, and 9% interest from the date that the Plaintiff’s attorney gave the defendant the documents. Units of government are exempt.

The new law takes effect January 1, 2014 and will help injured persons get just compensation when they need it. As the saying goes, “Justice delayed is justice denied.” This new law will help injured people get justice, and fair payment for their injuries, without delay.