Chicago Drunk Driving Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcyclist Hit By a Drunk Driver
Motorcyclists are at risk of being hit by an alcohol-impaired driver. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), twenty-eight people in the United States die each day in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. This equates to one death every 53 minutes, and costs the nation in excess of $44 billion dollars annually. Motorcyclists hit by a drunk driver often suffer permanent and disabling injuries.
While the magnitude of the monetary loss to society is difficult to comprehend, the economic loss does not take into account the damage and suffering caused on a personal and familial level for those who've suffered the consequences of being in a motorcycle accident caused by a drunk driver.
Motorcycle Accident Facts
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, (IIHS) when comparing motorcycles to cars, notes that motorcycles are less visible and less stable, and that serious head injuries leading to death are common. When a drunk driver is behind the wheel, he or she is far more likely to cause a collision with a motorcycle.
In a majority of motorcycle accidents, the motorcyclist is hit head on. A vehicle making a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle is cited as the single most dangerous situation for a motorcyclist. Such an accident commonly occurs when the motorcyclist is passing the car, overtaking the car, or going straight through an intersection.
A motorcyclist is less visible to the driver of a vehicle than another vehicle is, but even more so for an alcohol-impaired or drunk driver whose vision, mental acuity, judgment, and reaction time are all altered or diminished under the influence of alcohol.
Illinois fatal crash data includes non-occupant fatalities such as motorcyclists. As of May, 2016, IDOT had logged:
- 322 fatal crashes
- 340 fatalities
- A 50 fatality increase over 2015
Amongst those numbers of fatal collisions are cases involving a motorcyclist hit by a drunk driver who didn't survive. Many more are left with serious or permanent injuries, struggling to regain the quality of life enjoyed prior to the crash, or dealing with the challenges of living with impairments.
Legal Help for Injured Motorcyclists in Chicago
Injuries sustained when a motorcyclist is hit by a drunk driver can be life-altering and impossible to fully resolve. The accident and its consequences can be a source of great physical, emotional and economic hardship. If you are an injured motorcyclist who was hit by a drunk driver, you have the right to seek full compensation for all damages. It is imperative that you get help from a highly-qualified motorcycle accident lawyer who you can trust to protect your best interests.
The Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys of Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC is proud to have achieved positive outcomes in many cases we have managed for our clients. We are a professional firm with the knowledge and successful track record you need to get the job done. If you have been hit by a drunk driver, we can help you seek justice and the maximum in compensation for damages, both economic and non-economic.
We take pride in our 25 years of consistent results for our clients, and our AV Preeminent rating—a testament to our professional excellence.
Call Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC at (800) 996-4824 for a free case consultation. There is no obligation, and no fee unless we are successful.