Chicago Distracted Driver Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Collision Caused by a Distracted Driver
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises drivers that motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other vehicle operators. Motorists are cautioned to safely share the road with motorcyclists. Motorcycle riders are cautioned to take action to make themselves visible to other motorists, but even the most careful and responsible motorcycle rider is at risk of getting into a dangerous, life-threatening accident. The risks are greatly increased when the motorcyclist is sharing the road with a distracted driver.
Unfortunately, a distracted driver is not paying attention to the road, traffic conditions, or focusing on the safety of others. A motorcycle rider, when hit, can pay the ultimate price, and suffer fatal injuries. In Chicago, the Illinois Department of Transportation reports that in a recent year, the city had 498 motorcycle accidents, or about 1.4 each day. These motorcycle accidents resulted in 268 injuries, and 10 deaths.
It only takes a moment of driver inattention to lead to a motorcycle accident. According to the AAA, distracted drivers are responsible for 1.6 million vehicle crashes every year. Distracted driving involves a range of dangerous activities, including texting or reading email on a smart phone; drivers engaged in conversations on cell phones; tuning the vehicle radio or other in-vehicle system; reading or writing while driving; reaching for items in the glove compartment; reaching for items on the floor or between the seats; eating, drinking or smoking; distractions caused by children or passengers in the vehicle; personal grooming, or daydreaming.
Motorcycles and Distracted Driving
Distraction.gov, the US government website on distracted driving, notes that all distractions endanger the safety of driver, passenger and others sharing the street, road, or highway. Five seconds is the average time an individual who is texting while driving has his or her attention off the road. Traveling at 55 m.p.h., those five seconds are enough time to travel the length of a football field, almost completely unaware of road conditions – and motorcyclists on the road ahead, in an adjoining lane, or stopped or turning at an intersection. The injuries are often very serious, including:
- Internal injuries
- Severe abrasions
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
A motorcyclist is extremely vulnerable in a motorcycle accident with a distracted driver, and often suffers a secondary impact after hitting the road. A distracted driver may drift in lanes or fail to come to a stop, impacting a motorcyclist. Serious injuries or permanent impairment can leave a victim unable to work, facing great financial hardship, as well as physical and emotional pain. A knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm can manage all of the details of your Illinois personal injury case, and help you to pursue the maximum in compensation.
Chicago Motorcycle Accidents -- Distracted Driver Cases
Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC of Chicago is a professional law firm with an extensive track record of positive outcomes in personal injury cases, including motorcycle accident cases. Mitch Sexner, the firm’s founder, has been representing Chicago area clients for more than twenty-five years, and has garnered a reputation for achieving many high-value settlements and verdicts. If you are a motorcyclist injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, or you are a family member of a motorcyclist killed in a distracted driver accident, call our Chicago distracted driver motorcycle accident lawyers today at (800) 996-4824 for a free consultation to discuss your case.