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The personal injury trial attorneys at Hupy and Abraham will be fierce advocates in your time of need. With offices across Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa, and representing clients hurt by all types of motorcycle crashes, we are available where you need us and when you need us.

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  • I’ve never worked with an Illinois lawyer before. Why should I call one after an Illinois motorcycle accident?

    It can be difficult to do anything for the first time and that includes contacting a lawyer. You may have ideas about lawyers, you may be very independent, and you may be hesitant to contact an attorney.

    However, before you make a decision about whether or not to call an Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer after an accident injury, we encourage you to know the facts. More specifically, we want you to know that:

    • The defense is almost always going to have an attorney representing them. This means that, if you try to bring your own case, you will likely be going up against experienced lawyers who know what they are doing.
    • You are not making a long-term commitment by calling an Illinois motorcycle accident attorney for an initial consultation. Instead, you are agreeing to one meeting.
    • Illinois personal injury lawyers are on your side. It is our job to zealously advocate for your full and fair recovery. Insurance adjusters and others cannot say the same thing. Instead, they have competing interests and their goal is not to maximize your settlement.

    For more information about why you should call a lawyer after an Illinois motorcycle accident, we encourage you to call us today at 309-827-4800 or 866-532-4800 to schedule an initial meeting. We also invite you to learn more about your rights after a motorcycle wreck by reading our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.

  • I recently suffered significant road burn in a Quad Cities motorcycle accident. I don’t have health insurance. How can I get the medical help that I need to recover from my injuries?

    We are so sorry to hire about your recent Quad Cities motorcycle accident injuries. Road burn can be a serious, dangerous and painful injury that requires immediate medical attention. You may be able to get the medical care that you need, and you may be able to pay for it, even if you don’t currently have health insurance.

    Hospital emergency rooms may accept patients who do not have health insurance. Doctors will treat your road burn and recommend that you be admitted to the hospital or that you receive follow up care, as necessary. You will get the medical treatment, and pain relief, that you need even if you are uninsured.

    Of course, you may be billed for the full amount of the medical treatment that you received. That bill can be high, even if you were treated and released from the emergency room. You may lack the income and the assets to satisfy the debt. However, you are not without options. You may be able to recover your past, current, and future medical expenses and other damages by pursuing a settlement with the other driver’s insurance company or a personal injury lawsuit.

    An experienced Quad Cities motorcycle accident attorney can help you understand your rights and can advocate for your full and fair recovery. For more information, please contact us today at 563-275-6892 or 888-807-2752 and please read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.

  • What are some of the common injuries associated with Gurnee motorcycle accidents involving a drunken driver?

    The benefits of riding a motorcycle far outweigh the negatives.

    Many people who don’t ride typically do not understand this. Their minds are locked onto thinking that motorcycles are dangerous. What they fail to understand is that it is not the motorcycle or the rider that makes it dangerous, but rather, it’s the passenger vehicles on the road that pose a danger to motorcycle riders.

    Drunken drivers are one of the types of road hazards in Gurnee and surrounding areas of Illinois that pose a great danger to riders. The result of motorcycle accidents involving drunken drivers can have serious consequences.

    Some of the injuries associated with drunken drivers’ collisions with motorcycle riders in Illinois are:

    • Head trauma. The force of falling from a motorcycle after being hit by a drunk driver and hitting hard objects or pavement can cause serious trauma to the head. Many times it will result in a traumatic brain injury that can cause lifelong disabilities.
    • Road rash. Road rash injuries are sustained as the body slides along the road coming in contact with the pavement. It occurs in a large number of motorcycle accidents, including drunken driver motorcycle collisions.
    • Back injury. A drunken driver can impact a rider without even attempting to brake. This high-impact crash can cause the motorcycle rider to sustain a back injury. Back injuries can result in the victim becoming permanently paralyzed.

    If a drunken driver caused you to become the victim of a motorcycle accident, he should be held accountable. To hold him accountable and get the compensation you deserve, contact a Gurnee motorcycle accident attorney at Hupy and Abraham by calling 866-625-2299 today.

  • I suffered serious injuries when a commercial truck clipped my motorcycle. The police officer at the scene said that the truck driver was clearly at fault. Who is responsible for my Wisconsin motorcycle accident injuries, the truck driver or the trucking company?

    When a car hits a motorcycle, there are usually only two parties involved. In most cases, determining liability for the Wisconsin motorcycle accident is relatively simple.

    When a commercial truck hits a motorcycle, it’s not so easy. There are many parties involved: the trucker, the owner of the truck, the owner of the cargo, the trucking company, and even maintenance companies. Determining what happened and who is responsible requires a working knowledge of the trucking industry and of the laws that govern the trucking industry.

    Parties That May Be Liable for a Wisconsin Motorcycle-Truck Accident

    • The truck driver
    • The owner of the truck
    • The owner of the trailer
    • The person or company that leased the truck from the owner
    • The manufacturer of the truck or of any defective parts
    • The owner of the truck’s cargo
    • The company responsible for loading the truck
    • The company responsible for maintenance of the truck

    In the United States, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    (FMCSA) regulate commercial truck driving. Trucking companies and trucks must also follow state laws. These laws can determine liability.

    There are cases where more than one party could be responsible for the accident. In these cases the trucking company, the driver, and the truck’s owner may argue among themselves about whose insurance should compensate the victim. While they pass the blame, the accident victim is left with serious injuries and unpaid medical bills.

    If you are a motorcyclist who has been injured in a truck accident, you need a Green Bay motorcycle accident lawyer with experience in handling large truck accidents. He will have to understand the concerns that are unique to motorcyclists as well as trucking industry laws and regulations and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

    The Green Bay motorcycle injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham are able to help victims of Wisconsin motorcycle-truck crashes. If you've been involved in a truck accident contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678 to schedule your free consultation.

  • I was injured in a Gurnee motorcycle accident and my bike was totaled. The police say that a distracted driver was at fault. The insurance company offered enough money to cover my medical bills, but they are not offering me enough money to replace my motorcycle. What can I do?

    If your motorcycle was totaled in an Illinois motorcycle crash caused by a negligent driver, it is only fair to expect the insurance company to pay enough to replace your motorcycle. After all, isn’t that what insurance is for?

    Unfortunately, many Illinois motorcycle accident victims find that the insurance company offers them a check for much less than it actually costs to replace their bike. The insurance companies are trying to save themselves money. The less they give you, the bigger their profit. So, they will often make a low offer and hope you accept. What can you do?

    You have two options:

    1. You can negotiate with the insurance company on your own. You will have to provide them with proof that it will cost more to replace your motorcycle than the amount that they offering to pay. You can use dealer quotes, newspaper ads, or Blue Book values for a bike that is similar to the one you lost.
    2. You can hire a Gurnee motorcycle accident lawyer. The attorney will be able to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Because he has a lot of experience with Illinois motorcycle accident claims and is able to take your claim to court, your lawyer may be able to get you far more money than the insurance company’s original offer. The best way to find out what a Gurnee motorcycle injury attorney can do for you is to schedule a free consultation. Contact Hupy and Abraham at 866-625-2299.

    Make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Read about your rights in our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. To request your free copy, click on the link on this page.

  • I was injured in a Gurnee motorcycle crash. The driver who hit my bike was driving a company truck and talking on the company cell phone. Who is liable, the driver or the company he works for?

    The dangers of distracted driving are well known, but many employers expect their employees to be in contact with the office during every minute of the workday. Delivery men, plumbers, carpenters, cleaners, landscapers, and other employees often use cell phones to receive schedules and assignments. Unfortunately, many of them choose to contact the office while on the road.

    In 2012, the National Safety Council urged employers to ban cell phone use while driving on company time or with company-issued cell phones or vehicles. They warned companies that employers could be held liable if an employee causes a distracted driving accident while using an employer-owned cell phone or vehicle. An employer can also be held liable if the driver is using his own car or phone to conduct business while driving.

    In Illinois, drivers over 18 may use a cell phone while driving except in construction zones, school zones, and within 500 feet of an emergency scene. But being able to use a cell phone legally does not mean that the driver and his employer are not liable for your Gurnee motorcycle accident. The problem is that insurance companies like to depict motorcyclists as reckless. You may still end up holding the blame for the truck accident, even if the other driver is clearly at fault.

    Make sure your rights are protected. Contact a Gurnee motorcycle injury attorney about your Illinois motorcycle accident claim. To schedule a free consultation, contact Hupy and Abraham at 866-625-2299.

  • What should I do first if I’ve been hurt in a Milwaukee motorcycle crash?

    You are hurt, you are in pain, and everybody seems to want something from you. The police want to know what happened, the other driver wants your contact information, the emergency personnel want to know how badly you are hurt, your spouse wants you to get out of the hospital, and your boss may even want to know when you plan to be back at work.

    The immediate scene of a Milwaukee motorcycle crash, and the hours and days that follow the accident, can be overwhelming. Our Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorneys recommend that you take care of your most important and pressing needs first. In many cases, this will be medical attention. The first thing that you will need to do is to protect your health and your physical recovery. Thus, you should go to the emergency room and/or see your doctor as soon as possible.

    Everything else can wait. When you have attended to your emergency medical needs, then you can talk to other people, such as insurance adjusters, your boss, or a Wisconsin motorcycle lawyer.

    Our experienced Wisconsin motorcycle attorneys will be available for you in the days and weeks following your accident. We encourage you to contact us at 800-800-5678 when you are ready to discuss your rights and possible financial recovery. We also invite you to learn more about what to do after a Milwaukee motorcycle accident by reading our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, available for download from this website or free to you (shipping too!) when you call us.

  • I want to ride a motorcycle, but I’m not sure what I need to do to get an Illinois motorcycle license. What should I do first?

    There are more than 350,000 registered motorcycles in Illinois and the number is growing. People choose motorcycling for many reasons:

    • Motorcycling saves on gas.
    • Motorcycles are better for the environment than cars.
    • It is easier to find parking.
    • It’s a good way to meet people.
    • It is fun.
    • There is a sense of freedom.
    • It’s just cool.

    You must have a valid motorcycle license in order to ride a motorcycle in Illinois. The cost of the license is $10. There are two steps to getting your license.

    Take a motorcycle training class

    If you are a new rider, it is a good idea to take a motorcycle training class. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) offers basic, intermediate, and advanced motorcycle training courses at various locations throughout the state. These classes are optional, but you can skip the road test if you take the class and have a valid Illinois Driver’s License.

    Rockford residents can take the class at Rock Valley Community College or at Jefferson High School. There is a non-refundable $3 processing fee and a $20 registration deposit that is refunded at the end of the course. To register, visit the Motorcycle Safety Project.

    Harley Davidson offers a special training course called Rider’s Edge, which offers the same curriculum, but includes additional specific training or Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The fee for the class is $295.

    Apply for your motorcycle license

    Once you a have completed the motorcycle training class, you can apply for a motorcycle license. There are two types of motorcycle licenses in Illinois. Class L licenses are for motorcycles with an engine capacity smaller than 150 cc. Class M licenses are for engines with greater capacity.

    If you are over 18 and already have an Illinois driver’s license, you will not need to take an eye exam or written exam, and will be able to skip the road test if you take the IDOT motorcycle training course. If you are under 18 or do not have a license, you will need to take an eye exam, written test, and road test.

    Whatever your reason for choosing a motorcycle, riding a motorcycle is fun. But it can also be dangerous. Many car drivers simply don’t think to watch for motorcycles. Learn what to do if you are in an Illinois motorcycle crash; request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. If you need help with an Illinois motorcycle accident claim, contact the Rockford motorcycle injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham by calling 800-390-6350.

  • What is the difference between an Iowa motorcycle accident lawyer and an Iowa car accident attorney?

    Some personal injury lawyers in Iowa who represent injured car accident victims also represent injured motorcycle accident victims. However, because you are deciding which attorney to hire to represent you after a Cedar Rapids motorcycle crash, it is important to remember that—despite their similarities—car accidents and motorcycle accidents are not the same thing.

    While any attorney who is licensed to practice law in the state of Iowa can technically represent you in a motorcycle accident case, it is important to consider the benefits of hiring a lawyer who is also a rider. When you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash you may need to fight hard to protect your just recovery. A lawyer who is also a motorcycle rider understands biking, and resulting accidents, in a unique way and will zealously advocate for your full and fair recovery.

    Your recovery may include compensation for your past, current and future medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, pain, suffering, and other damages. For more information about how you can protect your possible recovery please call our experienced Iowa motorcycle crash lawyers today at 319-731-9009 or 888-807-2752. We would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation about your rights and your possible recovery. We also encourage you to download FREE resources from our website including our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, our riders’ Rights Card, and other useful information.

  • I was injured in a Wisconsin ATV accident. If another ATV driver caused my crash, can I file a lawsuit against him like I would for a motorcycle wreck?

    I can’t say that you definitely have a case without knowing all the details; however, the answer is probably “yes.”

    You have the right to seek damages through a Wisconsin personal injury claim when another person’s recklessness causes you to be injured in an ATV accident. This is because, while the designs of ATVs and cars are very different, ATV accidents and car accidents occur for some of the same reasons:

    • Driver error
    • Driver recklessness
    • Driver impairment
    • Poor driving conditions
    • Mechanical failure
    • Defective design

    The best way to determine if you have a case is to contact a Milwaukee accident attorney who has experience in ATV accident claims. The attorney will be able to determine who is at fault for your accident and whether you have a motor vehicle accident case or a product liability claim. He’ll place a value on your accident claim and help you get the compensation you are entitled to.

    You can learn more about ATV crashes in our article, “Five Steps to Take After a Wisconsin ATV Accident.”

    There is a statute of limitations for Wisconsin ATV accident claims. If you think that someone else caused your ATV accident, we recommend that you contact a Milwaukee personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Hupy and Abraham offer free, no-obligation consultation in all of our offices. To make an appointment, contact us at 800-800-5678.