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Accident Lawyer in Westchester, IL

Accident Lawyer in Westchester, IL. After being injured in an accident caused by another person's negligence, speak to an experienced, driven and knowledgeable accident lawyer in Westchester, IL with Burger Law about how we can fight fiercely to get you justice. Call our office now at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form.

By nature unintentional, an accident is a shock that changes your life forever. If someone else caused the accident that injured you, Illinois law allows you to make a claim to hold the person accountable and to be compensated for your damages. Regardless of the person's intent, when someone's behavior injures you, you should not be the one paying with pain, disability, lost wages, medical costs, quality of life and other resulting losses. When you are unjustly injured, an experienced Westchester, IL accident lawyer from Burger Law is here to ensure you are made whole again through the maximum possible compensation. We demand full recoveries for our clients and never stop fighting until you get justice.

Begin your journey to a full recovery right away. With your future at stake, it is critical that you obtain quality legal representation and guidance to demand a significant settlement and lessen the stress, uncertainty, financial worry and general hardship you will otherwise face as you await the resolution of your case. You do yourself no favors by waiting. Talk to one of Burger Law's Westchester, IL accident lawyers right away. See us at the Burger Law accident law firm office most accessible for you, or reach us online now.

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Accident Lawyer in Westchester, IL

Any time you are injured in an accident, you should always contact a Westchester, IL accident lawyer right away. In some minor accident claims, you will be fortunate enough to receive a legitimate settlement offer from the insurance company without legal help. More commonly, the insurance company uses underhand tactics in an attemtp to deceive you and devalue your claim. That is when you need the experienced and knowledgeable Westchester-based Illinois accident lawyer team of Burger Law standing up for your recovery. We have an amazing group of talented and compassionate Westchester, IL attorneys and paralegals that will keep you informed every step of the way and work tirelessly to recover the best compensation possible.

Do I Need an Accident Lawyer in Westchester, IL?

Although occasionally an accident victim with a straightforward, minor claim will get lucky and receive an adequate offer from the insurance company right away, these instances are rare. Most of the time after an accident, you need a passionate Westchester, IL accident lawyer advocating for your rights every step of the way. If your case meets any of the following statements, contact an accident lawyer in Westchester, IL immediately. You should plan to hire a lawyer if:

  • you suffer pain that extends more than a couple of days after the accident
  • your injuries call for medical care
  • your injuries prevent you from being able to work as normal
  • you or anyone else suffered serious injuries or death
  • the accident was caused by an illegal activity such as driving while intoxicated or someone driving after losing their license priviledges
  • the accident was a hit-and-run or you do not know who the liable party is
  • liability is complicated due to multiple parties being involved or providing conflicting accounts
  • the accident involved a commercial vehicle, such as a big rig or bus, or someone working like a delivery driver
  • government agencies may be at fault, such as roads in poor repair, traffic signs that aren not adequately visible or traffic lights that are malfunctioning
  • you were at work at the time of the accident
  • you were riding in a taxi or rideshare ride like an Uber or Lyft

In any accident, if you are unsure about any aspects of the law, your case or what the insurance company is telling you, it is always best to be safe and speak with an injury lawyer in Westchester, IL right away. You may choose to hire a lawyer to do the work simply because you do not have time or want to avoid dealing with the insurance company and handling the legal paperwork of making an injury claim. Hire an accomplished Westchester, IL accident lawyer to take the entire ordeal off your plate so you can focus on living your life. Burger Law will not take on your case as your injury attorney unless we know we can add value to your case. Speak to us for free now at (314) 500-HURT.

What Will My Westchester, IL Accident Lawyer Do?

Diligent, dedicated, tenacious, your Burger Law accident lawyer in Westchester, IL goes all in on your case and does not rest until you are paid and made whole again. We take advantage of our past experience, relationship and resources on your behalf to construct a strong case and will use every tool at our disposal to get you maximum compensation. With decades of experience doing just that, we know how to hold negligent drivers accountable and make the insurance companies pay full settlements to our Westchester, IL clients. When you hire Burger Law, we get started on your case immediately. We will:

  • Investigate every aspect of your case
  • Work with crash experts to determine who is liable
  • Track and file medical bills, police reports and other important documents
  • Determine and prove negligence
  • Value your claim and negotiate a full recovery with the help of medical and economic experts
  • Offer sound, personal and empathetic legal advice
  • Stand up to bullies like resistant insurance companies to make them pay
  • Skillfully present your case to a jury when necessary

What Must I Prove in My Illinois Accident Claim?

You may feel like you deserve to be compensated when you have been in any accident, but to legally demand a recovery for your damages you must have a claim that satisfies the legal requirements under Illinois civil law. Before taking on your case, your Westchester, IL accident lawyer from Burger Law will evaluate your case to make sure you have a legitimate claim. From there, we will work tirelessly to prove all elements of your claim and negotiate an excellent settlement.

Following the Illinois rules of evidence to document your argument, your Westchester, IL Burger Law accident lawyer will prove the four requirements of your Illinois personal injury case.

  1. Duty of Care: There was a relationship between you and the defendant such that the defendant owed you a duty of care. In a car accident case, this is automatically fulfilled as all motorists owe each other a duty to drive with reasonable care to avoid putting others in danger. In a slip and fall case, the owner of the property has a duty of care to legal visitors to be aware of safety hazards within a reasonable amount of time, and either provide warning or address/remove the danger to keep visitors safe.
  2. Negligence: Your lawyer then needs to be able to prove that the defendant was negligent and breached their duty of care to you. Negligence — both by way of omission and action — comes in many forms. Failing to use a turn signal or choosing to behave recklessly are examples of auto accident negligence. In a slip and fall accident, failing to de-ice the sidewalk could be a breach of duty of care.
  3. Causation: This connects the dots. Your injury lawyer must show that the accident was caused by the defendant's behavior. Illinois' policy on negligence is that of modified comparative negligence, meaning that in cases where fault is shared by multiple parties, you can make a recovery in an injury claim, reduced by the amount of fault you carry, as long as you hold less than 50% of the fault. So in proving causation, if the other driver was mostly at fault for the accident, you can still make a recovery even if they were not the sole cause of the accident. For example, if the other party in your car accident is 80% at-fault for the accident and you are 20% responsible, your lawyer will make sure that you receive payment for 80% of your total losses from the other party.
  4. Damages: Lastly, your accident lawyer has to prove that you experienced lossses known as damages as a result of the accident caused by the negligence of the defendant. As an injury victim in an accident, you have probably suffered a variety of damages, both economic and non-economic, from tangible costs like treatment bills and lost wages as well as intangible losses like mental pain and anguish and disability.

If someone acted without regard for your safety and caused you to be in an accident, speak to the Westchester area Illinois accident lawyer team of Burger Law today at (314) 500-HURT. We provide a free evaluation of your case and when you hire a Burger Law accident lawyer in Westchester, IL, we never rest until we win your claim and get you a complete financial recovery.

Westchester, Illinois Auto Accident Lawyer

The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that over half of personal injury cases were motor vehicle claims. The Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/) stipulates that "every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care" to others on the Westchester and Illinois roadways. If you are injured because of a driver's negligent or reckless actions, you are owed damages. Every Burger Law Westchester-based Illinois accident lawyer has seen every type of auto accident and knows how to get you a full financial recovery. Below are the most common types of claims our accident lawyer team in Westchester, IL see.

Car Accident Lawyer in Westchester, IL

Crashes between passenger vehicles - such as cars, minivans, pick-up trucks and SUVs - are by far the most common type of motor vehicle accident. In 2019, passenger vehicle occupants accounted for 62 percent of all deaths in fatal crashes.

Some of the most common types of car accidents our accident lawyers work with in Westchester, IL are:

Whatever the specific circumstances and causes of your car accident injuries, we know how car accident claims work. Our accident lawyer team inWestchester, IL reviews every piece of evidence, including witness testimony, surveillance footage and photographs from the accident scene. Once we determine who is liable for your injuries, we will aggressively and tenaciously work to get you justice and make sure they are held accountable.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Westchester, IL

Motorcycle drivers are at an especially high-risk for injury in an accident due to motorcycles' lack of stability and protection. Despite only accounting for 0.6 percent of miles driven by all vehicles, they accounted for 14% of all fatalities and 3% of injuries in motor vehicle crashes. While certain safety measures like wearing a helmet can substantially reduce the risk of injury or death, you cannot help it when other Westchester and Illinois drivers break the rules. If a reckless or negligent driver caused you injury, call the Westchester, IL accident lawyers of Burger Law today. We have seen firsthand the devastation that a motorcycle accident can have on Westchester, IL individuals and families, and know exactly how to get you maximum compensation for all of your damages.

Truck Accident Lawyer in Westchester, IL

Truck accidents also present higher risk for those on the Westchester, IL roads. Trucks weigh 20-30 pounds heavier than passenger vehicles and can take 20-40 percent longer to stop. That means they exert a much higher amount of force in collisions and truck drivers have much less time to react. There may be nothing more dangerous on the Westchester, IL roads than an 18-wheeler that is unfit to be driven or a truck driver who is not currently fit to drive. They are often part of multi-vehicle accidents which can make investigating them complicated. Your Westchester-based Illinois accident lawyer may find that several parties are liable, including:

  • The truck driver or another driver for driver error, such as distracted driving or not accounting for weather conditions.
  • The trucking company for not properly maintaining the truck, not performing inspections, negligent hiring practices or forcing their drivers to drive longer than the hours of service regulations allow.
  • The manufacturer for not safely designing the truck or not recalling a defective part.
  • The shipping company for improperly loading cargo.

Whatever the cause of your truck accident, you can be sure Burger Law's Illinois accident lawyer team in Westchester has seen it before. We will make sure each and every liable party takes responsibility for all of your damages to secure you a full financial recovery.

Bus Accident Lawyer in Westchester, IL

While rare, bus accidents are similar to truck accidents in that they can cause a lot of damage and there are special rules that go with driving them. Like truck accidents, you can sue the driver of the bus, the bus company, the manufacturer or, in some cases a Westchester, IL or Illinois governmental entity. For example, if your child was hurt in a school bus accident, your Illinois accident lawyer in Westchester may be able to help you make a claim against a public school district if the crash was caused by a snowstorm and they should have canceled school.

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Work with a Winning Accident Lawyer

Our Westchester, IL accident lawyers have brought hundreds of accident victims in Westchester and across Illinois more than $170 million in compensation for a wide variety of accidents. We have expertise, knowledge and resources to help you get justice in any kind of accident case in the Westchester, IL area, including:

What Other Types of Accidents Do Accident Lawyers Represent?

While the majority of Westchester, IL and Illinois personal injury cases are auto accidents, people can be injured in all kinds of negligence-based accidents. Every Burger Law Westchester-based Illinois accident lawyer has the knowledge and experience you look for in an attorney for a personal injury claim.

Regardless of the circumstances of your injury, if you have been injured due to another person's negligent behaivor you are rightfully owed compensation for your damages. Every Burger Law accident lawyer in Westchester, IL has experience with personal injury claims arising from accidents of all kinds and will not rest until you receive your full financial recovery. Call (314) 500-HURT now.

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How to Get a the Maximum Compensation for your Westchester, IL Accident Settlement

The main responsibility of your Westchester, IL accident lawyer is to protect your rights and get you justice when someone causes an accident that insures you. This means making you whole again by getting you a superb settlement that restores you from all the ways in which the accident has cost you. If it were not for the other driver's negligence you would not have suffered theses losses and it is certainly not right that you should have to pay for another person's mistakes with your hard-earned money and your well-deserved comfort and quality of life.

Moral rationale and Illinois state law says that you deserve to recover your damages after being injured and otherwise damaged caused by someone else's negligence. While you, as the victim of an accident caused by negligence in Westchester, IL, have the right to be compensated fully for your damages, it is rarely that easy. Countless of accident victims who have been injured or have lost a loved one in Westchester, IL and elsewhere in the United States never see true justice. They are resigned to settling for laughably low payments or miss out completely on receiving a financial recovery.

So how do you make sure you are fairly compensated in Westchester, IL for your injuries? And what is the maximum possible settlement amount you can get? A great settlement is one that restores you and makes up for your total losses, both economic and non-economic. The best place to start is by getting an estimate for the value of your accident injury case by using our personal injury calculator.

To get the complete compensation you need to be made whole again after you have been in a Westchester, IL accident caused by another person's negligence, you must do the following:

  • Get the necessary medical attention. To begin your physical recovery and civil recovery on the right track, prioritize receiving the right medical treatment for your injuries. Focus on getting timely medical attention right away after the accident, continuing with the appointments and referrals to specialists as directed by your doctors, and taking an active role in your recovery. Your medical treatment is critical to accurately assessing your pain and suffering, the risk or likelyhood of long term or permament disability, and what it will take for you to reach your maximum medical recovery when you have been injured in an accident.
  • Hire the right accident lawyer. Indisputibly your most crucial responsibility you owe yourself as an accident victim is hiring an accident lawyer in Westchester, IL. If someone else caused an accident that left you injured, you will need an accident lawyer in the Westchester, IL area to work on your behalf to ensure all the legal requirements of your claim are met and negotiate a settlement on your behalf. Work with an accident lawyer in Westchester, IL that you are comfortable with who has experience representing all kinds of accident victims. Do your part to research before you hire a lawyer, including understanding how to choose a law firm to represent you.
  • Prove negligence and your damages. After hiring a dedicated Westchester, IL accident lawyer such as an attorney from Burger Law, the onus is no longer on yourself to fight alone for your recovery. Your most important responisbility is collaborating with your lawyer and receiving their advice. To get the full recovery you deserve, your Westchester, IL accident lawyer must be able to demonstrate that your case meets the requirements of a personal injury case in Illinois, including showing that the other driver failed to meet their duty to keep you safe and that their negligence caused your injuries and other damages.
  • Negotiate. In your Illinois accident case, getting the settlement you deserve all comes down to your lawyer's ability to negotiate. A talented personal injury accident attorney can be the only thing standing between you and the dishonest tactics of the insurance companies in your Westchester, IL accident case. At the end of the day, the recovery you receive for your accident depends on your lawyer's skill in demanding and negotiating full compensation. Your Burger Law personal injury accident attorney will do whatever it takes to get you full compensation using whatever means necessary. Some cases with good faith insurance adjusters are settled fairly quickly and easily in initial negotiations, others may be resolved in mediation, and some are not resolved until they go to court and reach a jury trial. With years of experience and hundreds of victims' lives restored, your Burger Law accident lawyer is equipped to fight for you and represent you ferociously in trial if that is what it takes to get you a full recovery.

As the victim in an accident, your two most important responsibilitiies are to get medical care and contact an accident lawyer in Westchester, IL as soon as possible. Choose a lawyer from an accomplished Westchester, IL law firm like Burger Law who has a history of successfully negotiating the highest possible settlements in accident cases like yours. Make sure they offer a free consultation so you can speak to them about your case before you hire anyone. At Burger Law, our accident lawyers in Westchester, IL evaluate your case for free and will meet with you to understand the details of your case — and determine whether your case warrants pursuit and a lawyer would add value to your claim — before you choose to hire us. Call (314) 500-HURT now for a free case evaluation.


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Get the Recovery You Deserve with a Dedicated Westchester, IL Accident Lawyer

When you are in an accident caused by another person's negligence and left with injuries, time is of the essence. You have limited time to attempt to make a recovery under Illinois' statute of limitations and every moment counts. The sooner you have a competent accident lawyer on your case, the more effectively they will be able to argue your case and demand your recovery.

Our eloquent and experienced Westchester, IL accident lawyers tenatiously represent you every step of the way. You do not have to shoulder the burden of an injury claim alone. You deserve the quailty legal representation of a Burger Law accident lawyer that is necessary to get a complete recovery. If you are facing damages following a Westchester, IL accident due to someone else's negligence, consult with a Westchester, IL accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or online.

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