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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Aledo, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Aledo, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, believe in the compassionate, accomplished and committed personal injury law firm of Burger Law to protect your future and win you a full recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have dedicated their careers the injured in Aledo 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 Aledo, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides a sense of freedom and excitement and can provide a great sense of friendship with others who enjoy the same freedoms. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a thoughtless driver causes you to crash. You did not ask to be in this situation, but now you are forced to find some manner of recovery. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team cannot stand bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dishonest insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their obligations. That is why we are constantly filing lawsuits, convincing jury members and demanding a maximum financial recovery for those hurt when they did nothing wrong. This injustice needs to be undone, and the Aledo, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Speak to a qualified attorney immediately at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until you receive the compensation you deserve.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Aledo and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of traffic fatalities and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only barely over half a percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to research from the National Safety Council. In the entire country, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 died in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle crashes 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 leads us to believe that the accidents were often caused by a car or truck driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Crashes are most common in metropolitan areas, especially major city streets.

According to data from 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.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Aledo, IL

A prudent and committed motorcycle accident lawyer will fight on your behalf when you need help the most. From the first time we meet to securing you maximum compensation, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

  • Investigate your case and ascertain who is at fault

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all categories of auto accidents, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will gather every bit of evidence available, including how much coverage is available, pictures, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will rely on our experience and consult with accident recreation experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    Next, we will put a precise dollar amount on all of your medical expenses, lost wages and the way your injuries have emotionally and physically harmed you, and immediately inform the insurance company that you expect to make a recovery for the entirety of your damages. How much you receive depends on a variety of factors. Some successful resolutions end up being tens of thousands of dollars, while others can reach the millions.

  • Keep the insurance company honest

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to diminish your claim to the fullest extent they can. Our Aledo, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure they understand that we will not let them take advantage of you. Insurance companies in Aledo and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly because they know how tough we are. awards, honors and accolades that we have earned over the years are the Top 100 Trial Lawyers and being board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

When you hire Burger Law, we start investigating your accident and communicating with the insurance company immediately and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Aledo, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to find out more about what we can do for you.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Aledo, IL?

Every accident is its own beast, but data indicates some common trends that lead to motorcyclists being injured when other people break the rules. Most motorcycle wrecks are the result of:

However your accident unfolded, you can be sure the Aledo, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will conduct a full investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Aledo, IL

As motorcyclists are are not protected by doors, roofs and airbags, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just 11.7 percent of Illinois passenger car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that number jumps up to over a third of motorcycle riders, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

Whatever the extent of your or your loved one's injuries, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Aledo, IL is here to fight for you and make sure the insurance company cannot minimize the impact of your damages.

Aledo, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never been in an accident and are not entirely sure the motorcycle accident claim process. Some of the most common questions we get are:

Does it Matter if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council estimates that over a recent 15 year period, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. That is because head injuries are the number one cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

Driving safely saves lives, and that means wearing appropriate safety gear when riding a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that compels motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not at-fault. 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 data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 tort claims are decided by a jury. This is because either the injured party accepts a low settlement without consulting with a lawyer, or because they hire a motorcycle accident lawyer who knows how to fight back against a resistant insurance company and get them the compensation they deserve.

Can I Still Recover if I Was Injured by an Emergency Fall?

If another driver made you do the emergency fall. In order to prove negligence in a personal injury claim, you need to show that the other driver did something wrong that caused your injuries. So if your performed your emergency maneuver after a driver tried to merge into your lane without looking, you you can still hold the other driver liable because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

What if I Do Not Have the Money to Pay for a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to make an injury claim. Our Aledo, 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 have no reason to take up your claim unless we are confident we believe your damages are worth much more than what the insurance company is currently offering.
  2. You can trust that we are not inflating our earnings with busy work.

At Burger Law, our Aledo, IL motorcycle crash lawyers believe that honesty and integrity are as important as any other quality in a law firm.

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Will I Pay a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer More Money Than It Is Worth?

Insurance companies want you to believe that it is actually the attorney that cannot be trusted. That is false. While in some cases with mild injuries the insurance company may cover all your damages just to get the claim out of the way, with injuries that require more extensive medical treatment and more time off work, you will almost certainly get get a higher payout if you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer.

According to a paper called "Attorney Involvement in Auto Injury Claims" from the Insurance Research Council, you are likely to get up to 350 percent more for an auto accident with an attorney, even after considering attorneys' fees. The same study also determined that motorcycle accident lawyers also help people get help people get the full medical treatment they need. According to respondents in a different survey 91 percent of people who hired a lawyer received a payout, 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 circumstances surrounding your crash, but it is very possible that after looking extensively into your case your motorcycle accident lawyer will determine that one or more other parties are liable for your injuries:

  • You can make a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty protective gear played a part in your injuries.
  • A business can be responsible for your injuries if they were caused by bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government entity if a road hazard or poorly designed road caused your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured in a construction site if they did not securely zone it off.

The claims and lawsuit process can vary greatly when it involves different types of defendants, so it is vital to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who knows Illinois statutes and who understands how to litigate against different entities. For example, product liability cases become complicated when the manufacturer no longer exists.

Can I Still Recover Compensation for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially to Blame?

Yes. Accidents usually happen at high speeds and are the product of quick decisions or indecision. As a result, it is possible to contribute to an accident without it entirely being your fault. Illinois is classified as a "modified comparative fault" state. That means the compensation you receive may be reduced by the portion of blame you share. For example, if a jury determines you are owed $100,000 in damages but that the other driver is only 80 percent at fault for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to note that pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are barred from receiving compensation if the accident was more than 50 percent your fault.

What Compensation Can I Recover for My Aledo, 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 medical cost, time lost from work, possibly disability and emotional scarring as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is divided into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are all the money you either spent or lost because of your injuries. That includes all medical costs like prescriptions, chiropractic appointments, assistive devices and more. If you could not work while recovering, you will get that money back as well. In the most awful situations, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. For example, if you can only safely work 20 hours a week now, or if you need a knee replacement that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we consult with economic experts to how much you need to continue a comfortable lifestyle and pay for those medical expenses.

Economic damages also provide reimbursement for general expenses such as Ubers or bus fare to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are harder to define, but essentially compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. This can include the physical pain and suffering you feel to not being able to enjoy your favorite activities like you used to. If you were the MVP in your local basketball league and now can no longer jump the same, Burger Law's Aledo, 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 have helped the injured throughout Illinois receive compensation for numerous types of claims, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Aledo, 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 judicious about safety is a must on a motorcycle. The best ways to reduce the risk of accident and injury is by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will get you familiar with how to stay safe on a motorcycle. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches advanced turning and emergency maneuver techniques.
  • Planning for the weather — Inclement weather both results in slippery roads and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Not forgetting about safety equipment — If a crash is unavoidable, protective equipment such as helmets and visors specifically manufactured for bikers work wonders in preventing injuries.
  • Obeying the rules of the road — While it is natural to want to stretch your freedom, we all have an obligation to protect ourselves and others on the road. Stay in your lane, do not drive too fast and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Staying visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights on at all times. Investing in a bike and clothing with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are hard for other drivers to see on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and are affected much more by road hazards such as potholes. Pay attention at all times and do not assume that others see you or are looking out for your safety.

Of course, do everything right and still pay the price when someone else breaks the rules of the road. That is what we are here for. Call a motorcycle crash lawyer in Aledo, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get maximum compensation.

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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Chicago, Illinois | Burger Law

In our 30 years of experience, we have represented hundreds of clients in Aledo and throughout Illinois. We know all to well the devastation 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 Aledo, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will balance the scales of justice and deliver a full financial recovery. It is not for nothing that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we always get great results for our clients. Speak directly to a tenacious motorcycle accident lawyer in Aledo, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case review.

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