Motorcycle Accidents

After An Auto Accident: What to Do to Protect You and Your Case

After you have been injured in an auto crash, you must take steps to protect you and your case right away. The insurance company for the other driver and its adjustors and private investigators launch into a defense mode to protect the insurance company and its money, not you. There are many things that you can do protect you and your case. You must:

1. Seek appropriate medical treatment

If you have been hurt, or don’t know if you have been hurt, then you should visit the local hospital Emergency Department right away. A trained medical professional should evaluate your head, neck, and back and obtain appropriate tests, such as x-rays and scans. If you don’t get evaluated right away, then the insurance company will later argue that you must not have been really hurt. When you are discharged from the Emergency Department, follow the recommendations. If you are supposed to follow-up with a physician, do so.

2. Make a Police Report for the Traffic Accident

If you are at the scene, call the police. If you left the scene, go to the local Police Department and make a report. If you don’t make a report, then an insurance company can deny insurance coverage or claim that the accident did not happen the way you say it did.

3. Take Photographs of Your Vehicle

A picture is worth a thousand words. A digital photograph taken with your smartphone will preserve evidence of the damage from the collision and prove how hard the impact was. Try to photograph the other driver’s vehicle at the scene, if you are able.

4. Keep All Your Medical Bills, Medical Appliances, Prescription Medication Bottles, and Medical Records

If your case goes to jury, all of these can be used as compelling evidence of your injury and rehabilitation.

5. Contact and Hire a Good Personal Injury Attorney

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An experienced attorney can act quickly to preserve evidence to prove the other driver’s negligence:

He can obtain interviews of an eyewitness and record it. This interview may make or break your case.

He can inspect your motor vehicle or the defendant’s vehicle for physical damage patterns and points of impact between the vehicles. Digital images of the physical damage can prove the nature and extent of the impact. If there is minimal visible damage of an impact, then the attorney may have an auto mechanic inspect it for structural frame damage that occurred but was obscured by the high-impact bumpers.

A good attorney may even download the event data recorder (EDR), also known as the “black box,” from one of the involved vehicles to prove its speed before impact and its braking distance before the defendant actually applied the brakes before impact.

car accident lawyer advice chicago il He may check the traffic controls at the intersection where a crash occurred, as well as the timing of the traffic lights.

Often, a municipal controlled traffic camera was located at or near the scene of a traffic accident and it captured the collision or the color of traffic light controls. This could ultimately win your negligence case. These include the request on the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) or Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). But obtaining this data requires an Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request under Illinois law 5 ILCS 120/1 (1966 & Supp 2010), which a good attorney knows how to request and obtain.

A FOIA document response may show:

  • Video recording of the collision or traffic light control colors, i.e. red, yellow or green;
  • What traffic controls were installed and why;
  • Pavement markings for traffic control and direction of traffic; and/or
  • Recent roadway construction at the scene and lane configuration.

While there is a lot you yourself can do to protect your case after an accident, there is no substitute for competent and experienced attorney who has handled such accidents before. So, while you should do all you can to preserve the evidence in your case, you should also consult an attorney soon after the accident.


Why Kurt D. Lloyd Is the Personal Injury Attorney For You

Kurt Lloyd, Chicago auto accident attorney Kurt has a win rate in his cases which is three times the average rate of other personal injury attorneys. As one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers for civil cases in the state of Illinois—15 years running—Kurt Lloyd has the knowledge and expertise to take your case all the way to trial and win big.

Other attorneys have rated him A+ for trial skills, and he has won a national award for his jury trial skills. Kurt has even written a book On Jury Selection for Illinois lawyers. With vast experience in auto accidents, chances are Kurt Lloyd has handled a case like yours. Call attorney Kurt D. Lloyd at Grazian & Volpe today at 773.838.8100, or fill out our online form for a free consultation.

The above article was written by Kurt D. Lloyd of Grazian & Volpe. Kurt Lloyd has been practicing personal injury law in the Chicagoland area for over 30 years and has helped his clients win more than $355 million in jury verdicts and settlements from insurance companies and corporations. Kurt helps his injured clients regain their lives after injury. The information provided comes from his extensive legal and medical research and years of experience trying injury cases in courtrooms throughout Illinois.

Auto Accident: How Do You Find A Good Personal Injury Attorney

After you have been injured in an auto crash, your life can feel upended—even desperate. So how do you find a good Personal Injury Attorney to help you get your life back again?

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Watch out for the smiling attorney on highway billboards with big $$$ signs, or the sharply dressed attorney on a TV commercial of promising big money. Did you know that some of these personal injury attorneys have never won a jury trial for a client in their careers? In fact, they have never been involved in a jury trial. Some of these TV lawyers don’t even know where the courthouse is!

Keep in mind: an attorney does not need to have a winning success rate in and out of court in order to buy a Billboard Ad or Smile on a late-night TV commercial. What is being advertised is quick cash. The defense attorneys know who these “TV talkers” and Billboard boys” are and, most important, so do the insurance companies which write the checks and decide for how much.

Instead, you need to find and hire an experienced, good Personal Injury Attorney who actually obtains well-earned settlements and wins jury trials.

Finding A Personal Injury Attorney: Know What to Ask

Personal Injury Attorneys offer a free consultation on your case. This is where and when you can determine whether the attorney is worth your case. You should ask:

  • What’s the attorney’s win rate in court for auto crash cases?

Make sure the attorney goes to court when necessary and that he wins more cases than he loses. Insurance defense lawyers know who these attorneys are and will often settle for the full value of your case with these injury attorneys.

  • How many auto injury cases does the attorney handle “hands-on” every year?

Make sure the attorney doesn’t hand-off his cases to paralegals and secretaries to be processed for a quick cash settlement.

  • How many cases did the injury attorney settle last year and for what average value?

Make sure that the attorney did not settle each of his cases for the cost of medical care. You want to know that the attorney settled each of his client’s cases for at least two or three times the value of his medical bills.

By asking these questions you will get a sense of the attorney’s competence and success and what his or her firm is like. This will enable you to make a more informed decision about who you will allow to represent you.

Why Kurt D. Lloyd is Personal Injury Attorney for You

Kurt Lloyd, Chicago auto accident attorney Kurt has a win rate in his cases which is three times the average rate of other personal injury attorneys. As one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers for civil cases in the state of Illinois—15 years running—Kurt Lloyd has the knowledge and expertise to take your case all the way to trial and win big.

Other attorneys have rated him A+ for trial skills. He has won a national award for his jury trial skills. Kurt has even written a book On Jury Selection for Illinois lawyers. With vast experience in auto accidents, chances are Kurt Lloyd has handled a case like yours. Call attorney Kurt D. Lloyd at Grazian & Volpe today at 773.838.8100, or fill out our online form for a free consultation.

The above article was written by Kurt D. Lloyd of Grazian & Volpe. Kurt Lloyd has been practicing personal injury law in the Chicagoland area for over 30 years and has helped his clients win more than $355 million in jury verdicts and settlements from insurance companies and corporations. Kurt helps his injured clients regain their lives after injury. The information provided comes from his extensive legal and medical research and years of experience trying injury cases in courtrooms throughout Illinois.

State Farm & Auto Accidents: Not Your Good Neighbor During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

For victims of auto accidents, the word is “No.” In Illinois, auto accident attorneys have learned that State Farm recently circulated an internal email to all of its claims adjustors instructing each of them to only offer up to fifty percent (50%) of the full value of an injured victim’s claim. Why? Since the Coronavirus pandemic has closed the Courts (except for emergencies), State Farm is thinking that attorneys for car accident victims are “strapped for cash” and will “settle short” because they cannot push their cases to trial. So, State Farm is gambling that your accident attorney will “settle short” of full value. Ah, don’t you love your neighbor?

At Grazian & Volpe, we’re ready, willing and able to weather the storm. Our last three (3) auto accident settlements against negligent drivers who were insured by State Farm Auto Insurance Company were for State Farm’s $100,000.00 policy limits—and that’s exactly the amount we won for our clients. Nothing short. Our attorneys work hard to make sure that our clients obtain full and fair compensation and nothing less. Unlike auto accident law firms, we have the financial resources to weather the storm. We’re here to help!

This has serious implications for victims of vehicle motor accidents. If you’ve just been in a traumatic car accident and were injured, you should not have to worry about whether your attorney is going to settle short for cash. You should have the confidence that your attorney is on your side and isn’t going to settle for anything less than what you are due.

Call us at 773.838.8100 or fill out our online form to schedule your free initial consultation.

Strive to avoid motorcycle accidents this summer

Summer is finally here, but with it comes increased safety risks for many people here in the Chicago area. As the weather becomes nicer, there are more and more residents taking to the streets, or their bicycles or motorcycles. Motor vehicle drivers need to do their best to keep a proper lookout for pedestrians, cyclists and bikers in order to avoid tragic collisions. Of course, those on foot or bikes should also follow traffic laws to protect themselves and prevent serious accidents.

Pedestrians and bikers are, of course, at a great risk of suffering catastrophic injuries when collisions with cars do occur. Many residents have heard that late last week a man died after falling from his motorcycle and being struck by a taxi in the North Side Lakeview area.

CBS Chicago reported that the accident took place at about 3 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in the area of North Lake Shore Drive and West Grace Street.

The cab driver has stated that he did not have time to brake. He was not cited in relation to the fatal accident.

A number of dangerous motorcycle accidents occur in the spring and summer months when drivers neglect to see motorcycles because they are yet not used to sharing the roads. This often happens when drivers pull out onto a street or make a left-hand turn. Such accidents can lead to fatal injuries for motorcyclists, so it is important for drivers to always look both ways when turning or pulling onto a street. Additionally, it is crucial for drivers to avoid distractions – like cellphones – that can keep them from spotting a motorcycle or pedestrian.

When negligence does lead to a motorcycle accident or another type of motor vehicle accident, victims and their families may be wise to talk to a personal injury attorney about their rights and options.

Source: CBS Chicago, “Man Dies After Falling From Motorcycle, Getting Hit By Car In Lakeview,” June 20, 2013
Source: Albany Times Union, “It’s ‘left-turn’ accident season for motorcyclists,” Matthew Hamilton, June 6, 2013

Drinking on the Job Costs Employer $10 Million in Punitive Damages

Drunk driving accidents are always tragic and never really an accident but the result of the total disregard the intoxicated driver has for others who share the road. A recent verdict assessing punitive damages against the employer of a drunken employee is a landmark finding in the war against drunk driving.

Ten million in punitive damages was upheld by a the New Mexico Court of Appeals in favor of the family and estate of a man killed by a drunken driver in 2003.

The Court ruled that there was enough evidence to support the full amount of damages awarded against the parent company of a New Mexico convenience store. A store maintenance worker employed by convenience store, crashed into a motorcycle ridden by the decedent who was stopped at an intersection. Decedent died from the injuries sustained in the crash.

The Court found that the convenience store owner and employees knew the employee drank on the job and had bought alcohol at the store on the day of the accident and that these actions “demonstrated a reckless disregard for the health and safety of others.”

This verdict drives home the responsibility that we all need to exercise in the prevention of drunk driving. If someone you know or see is intoxicated and about to drive an auto, truck, motorcycle or bicycle, please do your best to prevent that person from doing so. The life you save could be your own or that of someone you love.

It is always better to avoid or prevent an accident but if you can’t stay safe, stay with Grazian and Volpe, Chicagoland’s Injury Lawyers for over 35 years.

In a Motorcycle Accident? Let Your Helmet Call for Help!

After a motorcyle accident or bicycle accident, your helmet can call for help through a sensor which will be available in 2013. When the ICEdot Crash sensor detects an accident, it will send a message complete with GPS coordinates to the user’s emergency contacts via a smartphone application.

The device is expected to cost around $200 and we consider that a pittance compared to the piece of mind it will give those who ride alone.

Grazian and Volpe is always happy to report innovations in roadway safety. Given the propensity of bikers to be knocked unconscious during accidents, we think this new sensor could be a life-saver.

Remember-it is always best to stay safe, but if you can’t stay safe, stay with Grazian and Volpe, Chicagoland’s Injury Lawyers for over 30 years.

Why Older Riders Suffer More in Motorcycle Accidents

Your Chicago Accident Lawyers at Grazian and Volpe want to help motorcycle riders stay safe and avoid motorcycle accidents. Our previous articles at myaccidentlaw.com (“Older Motorcycle Riders More Likely to Be Injured” and “Aging Road Warriors and Motorcycle Accidents”) described the added risk of serious personal injury faced by the increasing number of older riders. While older riders are more conservative in their biking habits they still are more likely to suffer more serious injuries including serious brain trauma than their younger counterparts.

But why?

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) blame age-related changes such as decreases in bone strngth and brain size, as pivotal in rendering older riders more susceptible to injury.

Impaired vision, delayed reaction time, and altered balance, all of which accompany the natural aging process, could contribute to motor vehicle crashes or mishaps among older motorcyclists. This is consistent with the researchers’ finding that older riders crashed more oftern as a result of loss of control than their younger counterparts.

Broken arms and legs were found to be the most common injuries, occurring in approximately 25 percent to 40 percent of the cases studied. The most common severe injuries were chest and head injuries, and all injuries were found in higher proportions among older riders compared with younger riders.

Grazian and Volpe caution the older riding public to take an extra measure of caution and practice safe riding habits, especially in the religious use of helmets to help protect against severe brain trauma. It is always better to avoid accidents but if you can’t stay safe-stay with Grazian and Volpe, your Chicagoland Accident Lawyers for over 30 years.

Aging Road Warriors and Motorcycle Accident Injuries

The Chicago and South Chicago accident lawyers at Grazian and Volpe have devoted many articles over the years to clients injured in motorcycle accidents and the challenges and nuances in litigating their claims. Last Thursday we addressed the growing number of riders 50 years-old and older and the increased incidence of serious motorcycle injuries in this age group. (myaccidentlaw.com, August 30, 2012 “Older Motorcycle Riders More Likely to Be Injured”).

According to the Motorcylce Industry Council, the average age of motorcycle ownership rose from 33 to 40 between the 1998 and 2003 and the average age continues to increase. Unfortunately for older riders a University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) study has found that riders over 40, personal injury severity, length of stay in the hospital or intensive care unit, and mortality were all higher compared with younger riders. Depending on the severity of the original injury, the risk of dying was also one-and-a-half to two times more likely in those over 40.

The older motorcyclists were also more likely to die from less severe personal injuries than younger riders, to spend at least 2 hours in the intensive care unit, and to have more pre-existing conditions and complications, such as heart attack or infection, that contribute to extended hospital stays.

The motor vehicle accident lawyers at Grazian and Volpe have advocated on behalf of riders for over 30 years. We hope that our series of articles at myaccidentlaw.com can help our clients and the general public to avoid motor vehicle accidents and serious personal injury. It is always better to stay safe – but if you can’t stay safe- stay with Grazian and Volpe, Chicago and South Chicago’s Accident Lawyers for over 30 years.

Older Motorcycle Riders More Likely to Be Injured

The Chicago accident lawyers at Grazian and Volpe are strong advocates for motorcycle riders injured in motor vehicle accidents. We have written extensively on the challenges facing injured riders when litigating their. The most difficult challenge is dispelling the public perception of riders as risk takers and presumptively the cause of any motor vehicle accident in which they are involved.

Attorneys advocating for injured riders need to be aware that the largest growing segment of the motorcycle riding community is the +50 crowd who are seeking a cost effective way of seeing the country and enjoying retirement.

However, older riders themselves need to be aware that they are more likely to be injured or die as a result of a motorcycle accident compared with their younger counterparts. Findings in a recent study conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) utilized data form the National Trauma Databank and reviewed the records of 61,689 motorcyclists aged 17 to 89 years who had been involved in a motorcycle crash.

The findings reveal the average age of motorcyclists involved in crashes increased by approximately 5 years, from 34 to 39. In addition, the proportion of injured riders above the age of 40 jumped from about 28 percent to close to 50 percent in the same time period. In fact crashes and injuries among the 50- to 59- year-olds showed the most rapid increase, while injuries in the 20- to 29-year-olds showed the most rapid decline.

The injury lawyers at Grazian and Volpe wish to inform their riding clients and the public in general as to the reasons for this accidents and methods wherein personal injury may be avoided. This blog will be dedicated to this subject matter of the course of the next two weeks. Please visit myaccidentlaw.com, subject matter motorcycle accidents to learn more on how you can stay safe and enjoy your time on the road.

“Operation Rogue Rider” Targets Motorcyclists

The accident lawyers at Grazian and Volpe have advocated for over 25 on behalf of motorcyclists and the victims of crashes due to dangerous riders. It is important that the public discern between the two classes. We have written extensively about the difficulties in representing motorcyclists due to the public’s perception of riders as a riskier and reckless set of motor vehicle operators. We have also been careful to advise on litigation techniques for dispelling this perception. Most importantly, juries and the public need be made aware that the vast number of riders are middle-aged pre-retirement and post-retirement men and women enjoying a cheaper and more enjoyable form of touring the country.

Today’s article in the Chicago Tribune detailed an announcement by state and local police of the implementation of “Operation Rogue Rider” which targets motorcyclists who ride dangerously on the Edens Expressway through Skokie and Lincolnwood.

Officials state that they are called nightly to respond to reports of rogue riders who speed, race, ride on shoulders or improperly change lanes. The Illinois State Police will be assisted by local police during this summer long operation, using roving saturation patrols mostly during the evening and late nights.

The article reports an 85 percent increase in fatalities and a 75 percent increase in personal injuries in the first 6 month of 2012 due to motorcycle-related crashes. This amounts to 13 fatalities and 7 personal injuries during the six month period from January through June.

Chicagoland’s Injury Attorneys at Grazian and Volpe applaud and and all efforts to keep our highways and roadways safer. However, the public needs to be reminded that distracted driving involving texting, calling or eating represents the largest threat to safety on our roads. Please remember, that most motorcyclists practice safe and conservate driving methods and should not be prejudiced by the few riders who do not.

Please refer to our articles on this website discussing “Distracted Driving” and “Motorcycle Accidents” and watch John Grazian on WCIU, You and Me in the Morning on the third Tuesday of each month where he discusses current legal and injury issues with members of the viewing public. If you miss a program, they are published on the myaccidentlaw.com and WCUI websites.