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Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Chicago, Illinois

The motorcycle accident attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., have extensive experience with helping riders and their families with legal claims in Chicago and across Illinois.


  • $33.2 Million Jury Verdict - Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced they obtained a...

    $33.2 Million Jury Verdict

    Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced they obtained a $33.2 million verdict last night on behalf of a 22-year-old young man, who was injured in a car accident. The trial was heard before the Honorable Christopher Starck who entered judgment on the jury’s verdict in Lake County, Illinois on March 05 2009. According to the Jury Verdict Reporter (Law Bulletin Publishing Company), the father and son Salvi legal team—in their first jury trial together – exceeded the previous Lake County verdict record by nearly $10 million.

    On November 19, 2006, William Klairmont, then 18-years-old, was driving intoxicated on Route 43 in Lake Bluff, when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving—crashing into a utility box. The accident paralyzed the vehicle’s passenger, Plaintiff, then 19-years-old, from the chest down. Tests later showed that Klairmont had a blood-alcohol level of 0.146, well above the legal driving limit of 0.08 for adults. The ‘black box’ in Klairmont’s car indicated that seconds before the accident, the vehicle was traveling at 120-miles-per-hour. The trial was only on damages because Klairmont admitted fault. The Plaintiff was not accused of doing anything wrong. During the trial, jurors heard testimony about the Plaintiff’s past and future medical needs, the difficulties of his day-to-day life, and his employability.

    “Fortunately for our client, the vehicle Mr. Klairmont was driving was borrowed by his father’s employer from a second family corporation. Insurance-wise, this should allow our client the opportunity to collect much, if not all, of the verdict,” said Patrick A. Salvi, Sr. and Jim Nyeste, another member of the plaintiff’s legal team.

    In February, the Plaintiff settled with Lauralee Pfeifer of Lake Forest, for her $2.5 million homeowner’s insurance policy limit. Mrs. Pfeifer owned the home at which William Klairmont became intoxicated.

    “The outcome in this case is the recognition by a Lake County jury that our client has suffered a tremendous loss. The jury did the right thing,” said Patrick A. Salvi II. “This verdict will take care of our client’s medical needs for the rest of his life so that he can live as full a life as possible in the face of physical disabilities.”

  • $29.1 Million Verdict - The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit today affirmed a $29.1...

    $29.1 Million Verdict

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit today affirmed a $29.1 million medical malpractice verdict.

    On April 2, 2010, attorneys David J. Pritchard and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., secured the $29.1 million verdict on behalf of Christian Arroyo. Judge Amy St. Eve of the Northern District of Illinois rendered the verdict for Christian and against the United States of America after a week-long bench trial. The government-employed doctors were found guilty of negligence having to do with their obstetrical and neonatal care. The attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard proved that prophylactic measures to prevent infection should have been taken prior to Christian’s birth and that the signs and symptoms of a neonatal infection were missed, causing profound brain damage.

    The government appealed the verdict based on the statue of limitations. The government said that the suit was untimely because it was brought more than 2 years after the baby was discharged from the hospital following birth. Attorneys case-resultsfully argued that the lawsuit was timely filed because the Arroyos did not know and had no reason to know that the brain injury had any sort of doctor or government cause.

    Today, Christian Arroyo is a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. He cannot walk, talk or eat through his mouth.

    Attorney Patrick Salvi II said: “We are very pleased that the Court of Appeals has affirmed this verdict on behalf of Christian, and rejected the government’s attempt to avoid responsibility for the misconduct of the doctors involved by asserting that they should have been sued sooner.  The money will be essential in giving this young man a chance in life given his severe and permanent disabilities.

    For more information on the Arroyo case [07C4912], or the Law Firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., please contact Patrick Salvi II at (312) 372 -1227 or psalvi2@salvilaw.com.

  • $17.9 Million Truck Accident Verdict - March 11, 2015 – Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick A. Salvi II and Brian L....

    $17.9 Million Truck Accident Verdict

    March 11, 2015 – Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick A. Salvi II and Brian L. Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. obtained a $17.9 million verdict on behalf of a 47-year-old Lombard, Illinois woman following a two-week jury trial before Judge Clare Elizabeth McWilliams.

    Just before a Cook County jury awarded the woman a $17.9 million verdict, Patrick Salvi and the defense lawyer reached a settlement of $14 million. The verdict would have been decreased by 30 percent, due to contributory negligence of the Plaintiff, cutting the total to $12.6 million. By reaching a settlement in this case, the Plaintiff was able to receive an additional $1.4 million for her injuries!

    “It was a win-win!” said lead counsel, Patrick A. Salvi.

    On October 23, 2012, the Plaintiff, a 47-year-old school teacher, was on her way to work, driving westbound on Cermak Road, at the intersection of Wolf Road in Hillside, Illinois, when she collided with a semi-trailer truck. The Plaintiffs alleged the truck driver failed to yield to the right-of-way vehicle before making a left turn.

    The Plaintiff suffered a C6 incomplete spinal cord injury, leaving her unable to return to work. The Plaintiffs claimed that she would require attendant care due to her injuries.  The Defendants alleged the Plaintiff did not need as much attendant care as was claimed and could return to work with accommodations.

    “The money will help our client move on with her life and help take care of all her medical needs,” added Patrick Salvi.

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We want you to contact us if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident because of another driver’s careless or reckless driving.

An attorney from our firm can review your case for free and answer your questions.

Did the Car Driver Cause My Motorcycle Accident?

Based on statistics and our own experience with clients, it is safe to say that car drivers commonly cause crashes with motorcycles. Determining the cause of your motorcycle crash will require thorough investigation. Accident reconstruction experts may also be consulted.

In some cases, the collision occurs because of a driver’s careless mistake. The car driver may simply fail to see the motorcyclist. For instance, the driver may:

  • Fail to check rear and side mirrors
  • Turn in front of the motorcycle at an intersection.

In many other cases, a car driver’s reckless refusal to share the road safely with the motorcycle causes a wreck. Examples include:

  • Trying to use the same lane as the motorcycle
  • Passing the motorcycle without leaving proper room
  • Following too closely, or “tailgating,” the motorcycle
  • Making a turn that wouldn’t be attempted in front of a car

There are also cases where neither the car driver nor the motorcyclist is at fault. Instead, the accident may be caused by:

  • A defective motorcycle part, including a tire, brake or gear shift
  • A poorly maintained road such as one with pot holes or loose gravel

In these cases, action may need to be taken against a manufacturer or government agency.

Can I Still Recover If I’m Partially to Blame for the Motorcycle Accident?

Illinois is a comparative fault state. This means that you can still recover compensation after a motorcycle accident even if you were partially at fault. However, your recovery will be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.

For example, you may have been speeding when a car driver negligently turned in front of you. The car driver may be 90 percent at fault, while you are 10 percent at fault. If you suffered $100,000 in losses, your recovery would be limited to $90,000.

However, if you are more than 50 percent at fault, your recovery would be barred in Illinois.

Insurance companies often try to put blame on the motorcyclist. Your attorney will need to stand up for your rights and challenge any unfounded claims that you were at fault.

What Will My Motorcycle Accident Case Be Worth?

Many factors go into determining the value of a motorcycle accident case. The main factors are the types of losses you have suffered and the amount of available insurance coverage.

Typically, an attorney from our firm will seek compensation for:

  • Motorcycle damage
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

If the car driver engaged in willful or wanton misconduct – for instance, drunk driving – punitive damages may be sought as well.

The at-fault driver’s liability coverage should pay for your losses. If the driver has no insurance or if you are hurt in a hit-and-run accident, we may turn to your own uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. Underinsured (UIM) coverage may be sought if the at-fault driver’s insurance does not fully cover your losses.

Your attorney’s goal will be to recover the maximum amount available. This is also called recovering “up to the policy limits.”

Our Lawyers Help Motorcycle Accident Victims in Chicago and Illinois

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another motorist, Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C., can put its experience to work for you. To receive a free, no-obligation consultation, call us today or contact us through our online form.

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