Every day, drivers in Illinois fail to see or yield the right of way to motorcyclists. As a result, motorcyclists are forced to react quickly in order to avoid collisions. Unfortunately, sometimes, in their effort to do this, they crash and suffer injuries, all without ever coming in contact with other vehicles. If you were injured in a no-contact motorcycle accident, you might feel there is no way to recover your losses, but that may not be the case.
Finding the drivers responsible for no-contact motorcycle accidents is difficult. Most of them do not even know what they did and leave the scene, ignorantly unaware of the damage they have caused. These drivers are often referred to as phantom drivers. Sometimes, phantom drivers can be identified if the victim or witnesses can provide police with vehicle information — such as model, color or license plate number. However, the vast majority of phantom drivers are never found.
If police are able to identify a phantom driver, you may file claims against this individual’s insurance provider to seek compensation for your losses. If the driver’s identity remains a mystery, filing claims with your insurance provider may be necessary to seek maximum relief. You may find getting either insurance provider to pay out a reasonable amount a challenging task.
It is common for insurance providers to offer low-ball settlements. Motorcycle accident victims in Illinois and elsewhere often need money right away, which is why so many accept these offers and try to move on, even if it leaves them with losses they have to cover out of pocket. You do not have to take a mediocre settlement. With the assistance of counsel, you may achieve fair compensation for all of your legally recoverable losses so that you can focus on your recovery rather than your finances. To learn more, please visit our firm’s website.