What Rights Do Motorcyclists Have in a Hit and Run Crash?

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IL accident lawyerIn May of this year, a 27-year-old motorcyclist tragically lost his life after colliding with a passenger vehicle on the Kennedy Expressway. Illinois State Police report that the other vehicle did not stop after the collision and instead fled the scene of the accident.

Being the victim of a hit-and-run accident can be devastating. If you or a loved one were hurt in a motorcycle accident and the other driver sped off before insurance information could be exchanged, you may be unsure of your rights. Can you recover compensation for your medical bills and vehicle damage? What if the at-fault driver is never discovered?

Hit-and-Run Accidents Involving Motorcyclists

Riding a motorcycle puts a driver in an especially vulnerable position. Even if the driver is wearing a helmet and other protective gear, the motorcycle offers virtually no protection in the event of a collision. Consequently, fatal and catastrophic injuries are particularly common in motorcycle accidents. The economic consequences of a motorcycle accident can create a tremendous financial burden on an injured person and his or her family. Fortunately, injured motorcyclists may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost income from missed work, and other damages.

Filing a Claim with Your Own Auto Insurance Company

Sometimes, police can locate a driver who committed a hit and run using traffic camera footage, forensic evidence at the accident scene, witness statements, and other evidence. Regrettably, some hit-and-run drivers are never located. If you find yourself in this situation, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company. Illinois law requires insurance companies to offer uninsured motorist coverage for accidents involving at-fault drivers who are uninsured or cannot be located.

Unfortunately, insurance companies are notorious for undervaluing claims and offering injured motorists less than they need and deserve. A motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help you negotiate a settlement with the insurance company that adequately covers your damages. If a settlement cannot be reached, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover the financial compensation you need to move on after a serious motorcycle accident.

Contact an Orland Park Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one were injured in a hit-and-run crash, you may be able to seek compensation through your own insurance company. An Illinois personal injury attorney can help. Contact James A. Payonk Jr., Attorney at Law to get the dependable legal support and strong representation you need. Call 708-966-2408 today for a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/05/14/motorcyclist-killed-in-hit-and-run-crash-on-kennedy-expressway/

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