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What should I do if a distracted driver caused my motorcycle accident injuries?

As with any accident that results in injury, getting medical attentions should be your top priority. First and foremost, this will help with your current pain and your physical recovery. Additionally, it may be important to your legal recovery because it may help prove that your injuries were caused by the motorcycle accident

You Will Also Need to Prove That the Other Driver Was Distracted

If you are claiming that the other driver’s negligence caused your motorcycle crash and that the other driver was negligent because he was distracted, then you are going to have to prove it before you can recover damages.

In Illinois, distracted driving laws prohibit:

  • All drivers from texting and driving.
  • All drivers from using handheld cellphones.
  • All drivers from using a cellphone in any way in school zones or highway construction zones.
  • Novice drivers under the age of 19 from using a cellphone in any way.
  • Bus drivers from using cellphones in any way.

If you can prove—with reliable evidence such as cell phone records—that a driver violated one of these laws, then it will be relevant to your motorcycle accident claim.

However, these are not the only ways that a driver may be distracted and therefore negligent. A driver may be distracted any time his eyes leave the road, his hands leave the steering wheel, or his mind wanders away from driving safely. A thorough investigation into what was happening immediately before and during the accident may be necessary to determine if the driver was distracted and if that distraction caused your crash.

Don’t Investigate the Accident Yourself

Instead, contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer for help. Your lawyer can use the legal discovery process to get necessary information to build a strong case so that you can get the fair recovery that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule your own free consultation, please contact us via this website today.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham