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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Abingdon, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Abingdon, IL. If someone did not respect your safety and injured you, rely on the honest, seasoned and tenacious personal injury law firm of Burger Law to stand by your side and win you full compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have pledged their careers the injured in Abingdon and throughout Illinois. Call a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists are not given the same respect other vehicles on the Abingdon, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can offer a close sense of brotherhood with other bikers. Unfortunately, that can come at a cost: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a thoughtless driver causes you to crash. You should not have to pay for what somebody else did. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team despises bullies who think the road belongs to them and dubious insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders accountable. That is why we have dedicated our lives to litigating cases, standing up in trial and demanding a maximum financial recovery for those harmed when they did nothing wrong. This injustice needs to be undone, and the Abingdon, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until we win your claim.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Abingdon and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of traffic fatalities and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only only .06 percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to research from the National Safety Council. Nationwide, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 perished in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle wrecks which resulted in 2,404 injuries and 152 deaths, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over 50 percent of those occurred when a passenger car or truck collided with a motorcycle when the biker was driving in a straight line, which means the accidents were often caused by a car or truck driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Crashes are most common in metropolitan areas, especially around tolls.

According to the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the nation in terms of both registered motorcycles and motorcycle crash fatalities.

The most common season for motorcycle crashes is summer, and half of all wrecks happen between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.

How Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Abingdon, IL My Claim?

A tenacious and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will be your legal advocate when no one else will. From initial consultation to securing you maximum compensation, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

  • Investigate your case and ascertain which parties are liable for your damages

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will gather all the necessary evidence, including how much coverage is available, pictures, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will rely on our familiarity with the law and liability and network of crash experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine the value of your claim

    Next, we will consult with medical and financial experts to put a precise figure on your injuries, and write the insurance company on your behalf informing them that we will settle for nothing less than the maximum compensation. Every claim is different, and your compensation will be based on the severity of your injuries, how much time you lost from work recovering and how the injuries have affected you physically and emotionally. We have settled auto crash cases for anything from $20,000 to $5,000,000.

  • Keep the insurance company honest

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Abingdon, IL motorcycle accident lawyers do not let them get away with it. Insurance companies in Abingdon and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly because they know we know how to get great results. awards, honors and accolades that we are proud to have received are the Top 100 Trial Lawyers and being board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

When you hire Burger Law, we start working on your case right away and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Discuss the details of your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Abingdon, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true healing.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Abingdon, IL?

No two crashes are completely identical, but data indicates some concerning similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

However your accident unfolded, once you hire us the Abingdon, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to carry out an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Abingdon, IL

As motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just over ten percent of people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that number goes up to over a third of motorcycle drivers and passengers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

Whatever the extent of your or your loved one's injuries, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Abingdon, IL will see to it that you receive compensation for them.

Abingdon, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for help never had to go through a claims process and therefore do not know the motorcycle accident claim process. Some of the most common questions we get are:

Do I Still Have a Case if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council approximates that over a recent 15 year period, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. That is hardly surprising, as head injuries are the most common fatal injury in motorcycle crashes.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers always recommend driving safely, including wearing the right equipment when you are on a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, Illinois does not require the use of a helmet. That means that there is no basis for blaming you for being negligent under the law. There is no reason for your claim to be affected if you did not wear a helmet.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

That is incredibly unlikely. According to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 tort claims are resolved by a trial verdict. Settlements are usually favorable to both parties, as long as you have a great lawyer on your side.

Can I Still Get Compensation if I Was Injured by an Emergency Fall?

If another driver is responsible for your emergency maneuver. Proving a personal injury claim means showing someone was negligent and that their negligence caused the accident that injured you. So if your performed your emergency maneuver after someone was driving erratically, you you can still hold the other driver liable because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and the economic burden of medical bills and lost wages is often immediately severe. Our Abingdon, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, not an hourly fee. You pay nothing upfront. Beyond easier access to quality legal representation, there are two other advantages for you:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we are sure we can add significant value to it.
  2. We have no reason to give you the run around.

At Burger Law, our Abingdon, IL motorcycle crash lawyers will only take on your case if it is in your best interest.

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Will I Just End Up Losing Out on Money if I Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Insurance companies always claim that a lawyer will only cost you more money in the end. While in some cases with mild injuries you can usually get a fair settlement without an attorney, with injuries that require more extensive medical treatment and more time off work, you will almost always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to keep the insurance company honest.

According to the study "Attorney Involvement in Auto Injury Claims" from the Insurance Research Council, people who hire an attorney for an auto accident receive three and half times more money than people who do not, even after considering attorneys' fees. The council also determined that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims 91 percent of people who hired a lawyer made any kind of financial recovery, compared to roughly half of people who did not seek legal representation.

What Other Parties Can I Hold Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the specifics of your accident, but motorcycle accident lawyers often reveal other liable parties:

  • You can make a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle manufacturer if a defective product such as faulty handlebars caused your injuries.
  • A business can owe you compensation for their driver's negligence if you were injured in a bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government entity if your injuries could have been avoided were it not for the a defect in the design of a road, or if they did not repair a known road hazard.
  • A construction company if you were injured in a construction zone if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable danger.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a company, so it is essential to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who knows Illinois statutes and who understands how to litigate against different entities. For example, there are special restrictions regarding who you can sue in the government and how long you have to sue them.

Can I Still Recover Compensation for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially at Fault?

With the help of a seasoned attorney, yes. If someone else caused the accident, you may still bear some responsibility for your injuries if you did not follow certain safety protocols. Illinois is considered a "modified comparative fault" state. That means you will only be compensated for the part of accident that liable party is responsible for. For example, if a fact-finder determines you need $100,000 to reimburse you for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering but that the other driver is only 80 percent liable for your injuries, you would be awarded $80,000.

It is important to remember that pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are barred from receiving compensation if the accident was more than half your fault.

What Compensation Can I Recover for My Abingdon, IL Motorcycle Accident?

The idea of "being made whole again" is meant to compensate you for more than just being in pain and recovery. There are also hospital cost, consequences for your ability to work, possibly disability and emotional scarring as well. Compensation in personal injury claims falls into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are the sum total of your financial loss. That includes any medical expenses like medication, chiropractic appointments, braces and more. It also includes any wages you lost from not being able to work for a period because of your injuries. In the worst cases, you may have future economic damages as well. Such as if you were a landscaper who is now confined to a wheelchair, or if you need assistive devices that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we work with our network of economic experts to adjust for inflation and rising costs of medical care.

Economic damages also compensate you for general expenses such as the cost of fixing your motorcycle.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but essentially compensate you for how your life has been affected in non-financial ways. This can include the physical pain and suffering you have undergone to experiencing pain when going up the stairs. If you used to draw as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Abingdon, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure the insurance adjuster or jury understands just how big of an impact your injuries have had.

Our motorcycle crash and personal injury lawyers take on a variety types of cases, including:

How to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle in Abingdon, IL

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when appropriate safety measures are not taken. Being thorough about safety is a must on a motorcycle. You can keep you and others as safe as possible by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will help you learn the rules of the road for motorcyclists. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches advanced turning and emergency maneuver techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather such as rain or snow not only makes your bike harder to control, but decreases how visible you are to other drivers.
  • Using the right safety equipment — In the event of an accident, safety gear such as helmets and boots specifically designed for bikers work wonders in preventing injuries.
  • Adhering to traffic laws — While it may seem fun to stretch your freedom, the rules are in place for a reason. Pay close attention to your surroundings, do not drive too fast and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Staying visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights no matter what time of day it is. Investing in a bike and jacket with visibility stripes goes a long way in helping others see you too.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are occasionally invisible on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and more susceptible to road hazards such as potholes. Prioritize your safety at all times and do not assume others will see you.

Of course, do everything right and still pay the price when someone else breaks the rules of the road. That is when Burger Law steps in. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Abingdon, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get a full financial recovery.

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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Chicago, Illinois | Burger Law

In our three decades years of experience, we have beaten large corporations, resistant insurance companies and gotten great results for our clients. We have seen up close the horrible injuries reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. This too shall pass. Burger Law's Abingdon, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will balance the scales of justice and deliver a full financial recovery. We are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest for a reason: we always get great results for our clients. Contact a talented motorcycle accident lawyer in Abingdon, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case review.

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