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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Berwyn, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Berwyn, IL. If someone was negligent and you ended up injured, count on the empathetic, veteran and dedicated personal injury law firm of Burger Law to stand by your side and win you the best possible compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have pledged their careers the vulnerable in Berwyn and throughout Illinois. Call our office now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

No one can deny that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Berwyn, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle offers a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can provide a great sense of companionship with other bikers. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: you can be robbed of that feeling when a negligent driver causes you to crash. You did nothing to deserve the hospital bills and physical and mental pain that are haunting you right now. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team hates bullies who think the road belongs to them and dishonest insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their duty. That is why we are constantly investigating claims, convincing jury members and demanding full compensation for those injured when they did nothing wrong. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Berwyn, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will see to it that it is. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney immediately at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until you get your settlement or verdict check.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Berwyn and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle deaths and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only only .06 percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to data from the National Safety Council. Nationwide, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 fatalities. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle accidents, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Unfortunately, over 50 percent of those happened when the motorcycle was going in a straight line, which means the accidents were often because of another driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Wrecks happen most frequently in densely populated areas, especially on arterial roads.

According to the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with over 280,000 registered motorcycles, and fittingly was eighth in the country in deaths in 2017.

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 Berwyn, IL My Claim?

A prudent and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will do what needs to be done when no one else will. From our first phone call to our final victory in a settlement or in court, we 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 fault. We will acquire every bit of evidence available, including insurance policies, pictures, police reports and more. Then, we will utilize our familiarity with the law and liability and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine the value of your claim

    Then, we will use our network of physicians and economists to put an exact figure on your injuries, and write the insurance company on your behalf demanding full payment. How much you receive depends on the specifics of your case. We have settled auto crash cases for anything from $20,000 to $5,000,000.

  • Keep the insurance company on their toes

    An insurance adjuster's number one goal is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Berwyn, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Berwyn and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know how tough we are. bad faith failure to settle so they know we will not give up until you receive everything you are owed.

  • Be responsive and offer sage legal advice

    We are firm believers in providing our clients with clear and timely communication. Being injured in a motorcycle accident already causes enough stress, so you need a law firm that will consistently be by your side. We manage all documentation, negotiation and litigation so you can focus on your medical treatment and on your family. As your case progresses, we will provide legal counsel based on our experience. We are always straightforward about the best possible results for your case or if it is best to proceed to trial. We fight on your behalf, but at the end of the day, your future is in your hands.

  • Take the fight to trial if necessary

    While most claims settle out of court, you may need a motorcycle accident lawyer in Berwyn, IL who knows how to win over a jury. You need someone who is not afraid to stand up for you in front of a judge and jury and demonstrate the merits of your case. Among the various 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 immediately and work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Berwyn, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to learn more about what we can do for you.

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

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

Whatever caused your collision, once you hire us the Berwyn, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to conduct a thorough investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your accident.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Berwyn, IL

As motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other motorists, the injuries sustained can often be significant and even result in permanent disability. While just one in ten people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that include severe lacerations, broken limbs, skull or chest injuries and abdominal injuries — that percentage 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 Berwyn, IL is here to fight for you and make sure the insurance company cannot minimize the impact of your damages.

Berwyn, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never had to hire an attorney before and are not entirely sure what to expect in a motorcycle accident claim. 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 between 2002 and 2017, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. Indeed, head injuries are the number one cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

Driving safely saves lives, and that means wearing the right equipment when you are on a motorcycle. Still, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that requires motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. That means that there is no basis for blaming you for being negligent under the law. While an insurance company may try to blame your injuries on your decision not to wear a helmet, an experienced Berwyn, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will not let them get away with it.

Will I Have to Go to Court to Get Compensation for My Motorcycle Injuries?

That is incredibly unlikely. According to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 civil lawsuits 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 Recover if I Was Injured by an Emergency Maneuver?

In most cases, you can still obtain a recovery even if another driver did not directly hit you. Proving a personal injury claim means showing someone was negligent and that their negligence caused the accident that injured you. So if you were injured because you were forced into an emergency maneuver after a driver did not see you when turning left, 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?

No one anticipates being injured, and the economic burden of medical bills and lost wages is often immediately severe. That is why our Berwyn, IL motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means we take a percentage of your final compensation as our fees. We only get paid once you are fairly compensated. 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. We will always be straight with you.

At Burger Law, our Berwyn, 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 love telling injured people that an attorney is not in their best interest. While in some cases with mild injuries it is true that we may not be able to add much value to your claim, with injuries that require more extensive medical treatment and more time off work, you will almost always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to make a full recovery.

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 the contingency fee has been paid. The same research also found that motorcycle accident lawyers are integral in getting the full medical treatment they need. According to respondents in a different survey over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney made any kind of financial recovery, compared to barely over half of people without an attorney.

Are There Any Third Parties Liable for My Injuries?

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

  • You can file a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty ignition switches caused your injuries.
  • A commercial company can owe you compensation for your injuries if they were caused by bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government agency if a road hazard or poorly designed road contributed to your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction site if important safety measures were not implemented.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a business, so it is imperative to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with Illinois statutes and who is not afraid to go after every liable party. For example, who can be held liable in a product liability case depends on a variety of factors.

Can I Still Make a Recovery for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially at Fault?

Yes. While somebody else may have been largely responsible for the accident, a poor decision on your part may mean that you are partially responsible for your injuries. Illinois is what is known as 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 mediator determines your injuries are worth $100,000 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 remember that pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you will not be able to make any sort of recovery if you were more than half to blame.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Berwyn, 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 bills, lost wages, possibly disability and mental tribulations as well. You will receive a financial recovery for two types of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are all the money you either spent or lost because of your injuries. That includes all medical bills like prescriptions, chiropractic appointments, crutches and more. It also includes any money you lost from not being able to perform the tasks of your job for a period while recovering. In the worst cases, you may have future economic damages as well. For example, if you were a warehouse worker who can no longer lift over 20 pounds, or if you need a joint replacement that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we consult with economic experts to adjust for inflation and rising costs of medical care.

Economic damages also provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses such as the cost of repairing your motorcycle.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but basically they are intended to 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 painted as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Berwyn, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will demand that your recovery reflects that.

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

Berwyn, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when not driven properly. It is important to never overestimate your abilities on a motorcycle. You can keep you and others as safe as possible by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will instill in you how to use good judgment 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 — In the event of a crash, protective equipment such as helmets and gloves specifically manufactured for motorcyclists go a long way in avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Following traffic laws — While it may be tempting to test your limits, the rules are in place for a reason. Pay close attention to your surroundings, ride at an appropriate speed and make sure your bike is compliant with other regulations set out in 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Staying visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights throughout the day. Investing in a bike and clothing with visibility stripes goes a long way in helping others see you too.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are hard for other drivers to see on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and more susceptible to road hazards such as poorly places signs. Prioritize your safety at all times and do not assume others will be respectful.

Of course, you can still become injured through no fault of your own. That is what we are here for. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in Berwyn, 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 have secured our clients in Berwyn and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We have seen up close the damage negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. You do not have to go through this alone. With the help of Burger Law's Berwyn, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team, you will get the full compensation you need to truly recover and be made whole again. We are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest for a reason: we do not back down. Call an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Berwyn, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.

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