If you have recently been in a Chicago motorcycle accident, then you may be eligible to claim damages in a personal injury lawsuit. In your motorcycle accident lawsuit, you may claim damages for your personal injuries, medical bills, any pain and suffering that was caused, and any wages or future wages that you may lose due to your personal injuries. If you are determined to have been partially at fault for your motorcycle accident, then your degree of fault will affect the amount of compensation that you may receive. In Illinois, this is known as the law of proportional comparative fault.
What is proportional comparative fault?
Proportional comparative fault holds you liable for your role in an accident. It means that if you are responsible for a certain amount of negligence in your motorcycle accident, then you will be responsible to pay your share of the damages in an injury claim.
For instance, if your motorcycle was sideswiped by a car that swerved into your lane at night, but you were riding without a headlight turned on, then it may be determined you were partially at fault for neglecting to turn on your headlight. If you file for compensation in a personal injury claim, then a court will determine your percentage of fault, and deduct that percentage from your settlement. So if the settlement awarded is $10,000, and 25% of the fault was yours, then you would only receive $7,500 through your Chicago motorcycle accident claim.
To know learn more about proportional comparative fault in Illinois, you can get the professional advice of a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer.
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As a service to the residents of Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, and Illinois in general, the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. will frequently publish blogs about local accidents. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of Illinois motor vehicle accidents that can result in serious injuries and/or fatalities.
Common accidents include, but are not limited to:
— single-car accidents such as SUV rollovers;— accidents due to hazardous road conditions; and — accidents caused by distracted, aggressive, and/or drunk drivers.