Riding motorcycles is a popular activity and the total motorcycle registrations increased 51% between 2000 and 2005. In 2006, Americans bought over 1.1 million motorcycles. Despite their popularity, the inherent nature of motorcycles makes riding them a potentially dangerous undertaking. Unlike cars and other vehicles, motorcycles offer drivers and passengers no protection. There is nothing between the rider and the open road, other than the clothes the rider is wearing and possibly a helmet.
The sad truth is that more and more of these accidents are occurring every day. Many motorcycle accidents result in serious injury or even death. Although motorcyclists are granted the same rights and protections under traffic laws as other motorists, they are often overlooked and even ignored on most roadways. Even when taking every possible precaution and following traffic safety laws, motorcycle riders are still injured by other vehicles every day because of driver negligence.
If you have suffered any of the following injuries due to the carelessness of another driver or unsafe road conditions, you could be compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
No matter what the conditions of the accident serious injury can result. The Chicago motorcycle accident injury attorneys at The Horwitz Law Group are advocates of cyclists who have been seriously injured in accidents. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys have defended motorcycle riders and obtained settlements for injuries suffered in accidents. We will investigate your case and listen to your recollection of the events. Our professionals will investigate the scene of the accident and gather evidence to support your case. We document everything and ensure you are well prepared to win when your personal injury case is heard in court. We will evaluate your case and determine the highest amount you could possibly win in a settlement. It is our goal to fight to get you every penny you deserve.
The Chicago attorneys at The Horwitz Law Group have decades of experience representing injured motorcycle riders. We have crafted this FAQ list to answer questions including causes of accidents and why it’s important to hire an experienced lawyer with trial experience.
Accidents between motorcycles and other vehicles usually result in serious injuries and sometimes fatalities. Surviving family members in Chicago can seek compensation through a wrongful death case.
Chicago riders can be seriously injured in a wide range of accidents. These accidents can be caused by unsafe intersections, vehicles that fail to follow posted signals, and construction and road hazards.
These accidents tend to be more prevalent as drivers tend to look for full-size vehicles when turning and do not notice motorcycles. If you were injured in a traffic accident in Chicago, an experienced attorney can guide you through monetary compensation.
Whether it is controlled by a traffic light or stop signs, drivers often ignore the safety signals and cause accidents at intersections. The Chicago injury attorneys at The Horwitz Law Group provide exceptional representation to injured motorcycle riders.
In Chicago, a car will often speed through a red light at an intersection and collide with another vehicle. When this vehicle is a motorcycle, the rider might suffer catastrophic injuries or even death.
Motorcycle accidents are commonly caused by drivers not realizing that a motorcyclist had the right of way at an intersection or simply did not see the rider. If you were injured by a driver who failed to yield at a Chicago intersection, contact The Horwitz Law Group.
Chicago streets can be narrow and poorly lit. The vast majority of motorcycle accidents are caused when drivers do not see motorcyclists, whether by poor lighting, speeding, ignoring posted signs and signals, or inattentiveness.
There are several ways Chicago construction zones can lead to serious motorcycle accidents. Construction zone accidents can be the result of insufficient warning signs, poorly placed or missing barriers, or equipment or debris blocking a traffic lane.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, one of our experienced Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers can explain your legal options. At The Horwitz Law Group, we offer experienced, strategic advocacy focused on financial recovery for victims and their families.
Our primary attorney, Mark Horwitz, is a Harley rider and knows how difficult it can be to protect yourself against other drivers. Mark has been riding motorcycles since the age of 8 and has been a member of the Illinois Harley-Davidson motorcycle riding club (HOG) since 1994. As a person who rides and understands the dynamics of how a motorcycle reacts at the time of a sudden movement of another motorcycle, Mark Horwitz, understands how to fight the insurance company when they attempt to place some or all of the blame of the cycle crash on the motorcycle driver.
Injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident are often very serious. Motorcycle riders don’t have anything to protect them from the physical impact that occurs when they are struck by a car, truck, another motorcycle or any other kind of motor vehicle. Motorcycle riders and drivers are easily thrown off their motorcycles and onto roads, guardrails, other vehicles involved in the collision and oncoming traffic. Injuries in a motorcycle accident can range from mild scratches and bruises to severe burns, broken bones, internal injuries, severed limbs, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and even death.
At The Horwitz Law Group, we understand the seriousness of your injuries and that there is a very good chance that your life may never be the same. We can refer you to the proper medical and reconstructive experts who can give you the care and treatment that you need. We are here to fight for your rights and do everything we can to make sure that you receive the maximum recovery for your pain, suffering, lost wages, medical bills, disfigurement, and any other compensation that you need and deserve.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will only pay us for our time and services if we collect damages for you. We offer aggressive, personalized service to ensure our clients recover the full compensation they are entitled to. At The Horwitz Law Group, we are members of A.B.A.T.E. and we are committed to sending the drivers of cars, trucks and buses the message that they have to pay more attention to motorcycle riders. We want to work for you because we care about you and we want to help you recover from your devastating accident.
If you have been severely injured or have lost someone you care about in a bike wreck due to the carelessness or negligence of others, contact a fatal motorcycle accidents attorney at The Horwitz Law Group to schedule a free consultation.
Type of Case: Mass Transit Accident (Metra) Result: $2.1 million dollars “I was in a Metra Train Accident in September 2005, and I hired Mark Horwitz as my lawyer. My experience with Mark has been wonderful. He’s very considerate. He’s caring. Every time he calls me, the first thing that he says is, how are you feeling and how is your family, and I really, really appreciate that. If I didn’t have Mark Horwitz as my lawyer, I think I’d be lost. I don’t think any other lawyer would give me the information that I needed to feel comfortable that the case is moving in the right direction.” – Marie Bullock The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin released an article detailing the $2.1 million settlement for Marie shortly after it was announced.
Former Chicago Police Officer Type of Injury: Premises Liability Accident Resulting in Below the Knee Amputation Result: $1,400,000.00 “After all my experiences with attorneys, Mark Horwitz was one of the finest attorneys I’ve ever met. He not only was my attorney, he was my friend. He extended himself far more beyond the attorney/client relationship. I couldn’t ask for a better attorney. I couldn’t ask for a better friend. And I would definitely, without question, recommend him to anyone who needs a professional, qualified attorney because he’s the guy.” – Charles Brown
Type of Injury: Personal Injury Initial Offer: $50,000.00 Jury Verdict:$1,197,000.00 Johnnie B. Williams Jr. was a professional basketball player back in the 1970s. In 2002 while getting off a CTA red line train, the trainman closed the doors on Mr. Williams while he was exiting the train. At the time, Mr. Williams was wearing a backpack that became lodged in the doors. The train began to move and Mr. Williams ran along the platform until the train’s speed prevented him from doing so. At that time, Mr. William’s lost his footing and his long legs began striking the platform while he fought to free himself of the train’s doors and/or his backpack. In the process of doing so, Mr. Williams fractured a bone in his wrist. Luckily he was able to free himself of the doors just before the car reached the end of the platform. Mr. Williams went to several law firms who refused to take his case holding that he was at fault for his own injuries. Mr. Williams then came to see Mark J. Horwitz, of The Horwitz Law Group. Mr. Horwitz instantly filed suit against the CTA and began an investigation to obtain information regarding any…
Type of Injury: Personal Injury Final Offer: $75,000.00 Final Judgment: $100,000.00 On October 7, 2007, Ms. Bogan was driving her automobile on Interstate 57 when she noticed a car stopped in one of the moving lanes. When she looked to see what was happening, she saw a man slumped over his steering wheel who was not moving. Being a good Samaritan, Ms. Bogan parked her vehicle in front of the disabled vehicle and got out to see if the driver of that car needed assistance. After determining that the man was not conscious, Ms. Bogan called the Illinois State Police. The police arrived and told Ms. Bogan to get back into her car. While going between the two cars, the man suddenly awoke, hit his gas and crushed Ms. Bogan between the vehicles. Ms. Bogan’s leg was nearly severed from her body. It turned out that the man causing the accident had no auto insurance. Mr. Horwitz then had to file an uninsured motorist claim with Ms. Bogan’s own insurance company who initially found Ms. Bogan at fault for her own injuries. After fighting and threatening to file a vexatious delay and bad faith claim against Ms. Bogan’s own insurance…
Type of Injury: Personal Injury Final Offer: $60,000.00 Final Settlement: $100,000.00 In the summer of 2008, the father of a minor child (whose name is withheld because he is 5 years old) backed over his son while leaving his home. The child had gone under the car to retrieve a Mr. Potato Head doll that had rolled under the car. The father, not knowing his son was under the car, started it and backed down the driveway. Hearing screams, he stopped his vehicle and drove forward. It was every parent’s worst nightmare. This person, believed he had killed his son. Luckily, his son survived but had both legs broken as well as damage to his skull. “Mark J. Horwitz of The Horwitz Law Group took care of us as though we were family. He handled this very delicate situation with finesse and was able to obtain the maximum amount available for my son while reducing his fees. I would recommend Mr. Horwitz and The Horwitz Law Group to anybody who ever needs a high-powered, kind, efficient lawyer.” -Tanya Mustafa
Type of Injury: Car Accident Final Offer: $60,000.00 Final Judgment: $175,000.00 Rosetta Glover was a passenger in her husband’s car traveling on Martin Luther King Drive. A cab came around their car and made a sudden U turn in front of them causing the accident. Ms. Glover sustained an injury to her shoulder which required an immediate surgery. She hired another Chicago lawyer who obtained a settlement offer from the cab company for $60,000.00 and told Ms. Glover to accept it despite the fact her shoulder continued to give her problems. Ms. Glover then contacted Mark J. Horwitz of The Horwitz Law Group. Mr. Horwitz filed suit and litigated against the cab company for nearly three years. During that time, it was determined that Ms. Glover required an additional surgery on her shoulder. The case was set and ready to proceed to trial in October of 2008. Facing trial and a certain verdict, the cab company offered $175,000.00 on the day of trial and the case settled for $115,000.00 more than the original attorneys wanted Ms. Glover to settle her case for.
I wanted to thank for all the work you have done to help me with my situation. I really appreciate you not giving up despite my indecisive attitude in the beginning . I’m glad to have met you and that represented me. You changed my perspective on lawyers and I cannot repay you for the hard work you did in the past year. You made my situation easier and not only do I respect you as the hard working lawyer that you are but as a friend as well. I hope you have a great new year and thanks to you my 2013 started out great. I apologize for my attitude in the beginning but after meeting you I trusted you. You haven’t disappointed your client…keep up the great work! I’m glad and grateful that you have found me and helped me!
My daughter was severely injured in a car accident and I was nervous about finding a personal injury attorney, but from the start, I felt confident with my choice in the Horwitz Law Group. Mark was completely professional, trustworthy, communicative, honest and helpful. He kept my daughter focused throughout her entire recovery, both emotionally and medically. He was extremely attentive and responsive answering each and every question I had in a timely manner and explained everything in laymen terms - always keeping me informed of every step along the way. Mark was honest with us and didn't make outlandish promises but most of all he wanted what was best for my daughter and not just a paycheck. He and his team were instrumental in saving us huge amounts in medical bills as well as garnering a settlement award that was very much welcomed. Not only did they resolve the case beyond our satisfaction, they also were very caring and supportive thru my daughter's recovery. I couldn't ask for a better attorney and I couldn't recommend him more. It is my hope that I will never need legal representation again, but should I find that I do Mark J Horwitz will…
for a young lady who was run over by a private waste hauling company while crossing the street.
for a client injured in a 2005 Metra train derailment case.
for a client whose family was killed by a street sweeper that ran a red light.
for a premises liability accident resulting in below the knee amputation.
for a woman who was hit by a car while crossing the street.
for a client who was injured on the CTA red line train.
for a client who had lawyers at another law firm trying to settle the accident case for only $60,000.
for a client who was crushed between two cars nearly severing off her leg.
for a client whose son was accidentally run over by her husband as he backed out of their driveway.
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