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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Bloomington, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Bloomington, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, count on the compassionate, accomplished and aggressive legal advocacy of Burger Law to defend your rights and win you the best possible compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have committed their careers the injured in Bloomington and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists are not given the same respect other vehicles on the Bloomington, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle offers a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a great sense of camaraderie with others who enjoy the same freedoms. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: you can be robbed of that feeling when a thoughtless 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 abhors bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and dubious insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders responsible. That is why we work tirelessly litigating cases, convincing jury members and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those injured when they did nothing wrong. You deserve justice, and the Bloomington, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Call us immediately at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until we win your claim.

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Bloomington, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Even though motorcycles account for barely over half a percent of total traffic miles traveled in the country, they accounted for four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of total fatalities in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to the National Safety Council. Nationwide, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 deaths. 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 crashes came when the motorcycle was driving straight, which leads us to believe that the accidents were often due to a car or truck driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Wrecks happen most frequently in metropolitan areas, especially on arterial roads.

According to data from the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with close to 300,000 registered motorcycles, and proportionately was eighth in the country in deaths in 2017.

Just under 50 percent of fatal motorcycle collisions occur in the between June and September, and 50 percent happen between Friday night and Monday morning.

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

A prudent and dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer will be your legal advocate 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 determine who is at fault

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all categories of auto accidents, and know how to determine who is responsible. We will acquire all the necessary evidence, including how much coverage is available, pictures, medical reports and more. Then, we will rely on our knowledge of accidents and consult with accident recreation experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine the value of your claim

    Then, 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 write a settlement letter demanding that you receive all of it. 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 on their toes

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Bloomington, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure they understand that we will not let them take advantage of you. Insurance companies in Bloomington and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly because they know we accept nothing but full compensation. 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 right away and do not back down until you are awarded the best possible recovery. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Bloomington, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true healing.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Bloomington, IL?

Every accident is unique, but data points to some common scenarios that lead to motorcyclists being put in harm's way on the road. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

Whatever caused your collision, trust in the Bloomington, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to perform a full investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your accident.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Bloomington, IL

As motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, the injuries sustained can often be grave and sometimes cause permanent disability. While just over ten percent of people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that include severe lacerations, fractures, skull or chest injuries and abdominal injuries — that percentage goes up to over a third of motorcycle drivers and passengers, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

Burger Law's Bloomington, IL motorcycle accident lawyers have recovered compensation for people with minor whiplash injuries as well as permanent disabilities like loss of limb.

Bloomington, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our clients are people who have often never been in an accident and therefore do not know how a motorcycle accident claim works. 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. Indeed, head injuries account for 41.4 percent of fatal motorcycle injuries.

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 requires motorcycle drivers to wear 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?

Most likely, no. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 civil lawsuits are decided by a trial verdict. 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 Get Compensation if I Was Injured by an Emergency Maneuver?

If another driver made you do the emergency fall. 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 because a driver tried to merge into your lane without looking, you you can still hold the other driver liable because their negligence caused your injuries.

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. Our Bloomington, 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 genuinely believe in its merits and that we can put a lot more money into your pocket.
  2. You can trust that we are not inflating our earnings with busy work.

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

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Can I Really Get More Money With a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Insurance companies love telling injured people that an attorney is not in their best interest. 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 more severe injuries that have higher damages, 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 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 received a payout, compared to only 51 percent 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 motorcycle accident lawyers often reveal other liable parties:

  • You can make a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty tires caused your injuries.
  • A business can be held liable for their driver's negligence if you were injured in a bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government agency if problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road caused your accident.
  • A construction company if you were injured around 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 crucial to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who is well-versed in Illinois statutes and who is not afraid to go after every liable party. For example, product liability cases become complicated when the manufacturer no longer exists.

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

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 that compensation is still available if you were partially to blame for your accident, but the amount will be less depending on how much you contributed to it. For example, if a fact-finder determines your economic and noneconomic damages add up to $100,000 but that you are 20 percent to to blame for your injuries, you would be awarded $80,000.

It is important to note that under 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 Bloomington, IL Motorcycle Accident?

You deserve a financial recovery for more than just the fact that your were inconvenienced by an accident. There are also hospital expenses, lost wages, possibly disfigurement and emotional tribulations as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is divided 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, physical therapy, crutches and more. It also includes any money you lost from not being able to work for a period because of your injuries. In the most awful situations, 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 vehicle or home modifications 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 compensate you for general expenses such as transportation to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but basically they are meant to compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you feel to not being able to enjoy your favorite activities like you used to. If you enjoyed biking on the weekends but now your knee clicks, Burger Law's Bloomington, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will demand that your recovery reflects that.

Our motorcycle crash and personal injury lawyers have helped the injured throughout Illinois receive compensation for numerous types of claims, including:

Bloomington, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the freedom they instill. It is important to never overestimate your abilities 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 the rules of the road for motorcyclists. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches advanced turning and emergency falls techniques.
  • Planning for the weather — Inclement weather both results in slippery roads and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Wearing safety gear — In the event of a collision, protective equipment such as helmets and boots specifically manufactured for motorcyclists is key to avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it may be tempting to see just how much you and your bike are capable of, we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others on the road. Avoid weaving in between cars, drive the speed limit 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 on at all times. Investing in a bike and equipment 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 are affected much more by road hazards such as poorly places signs. Keep an eye out at all times and do not assume others will be respectful.

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. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Bloomington, 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 have secured our clients in Bloomington and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We know all to well the horrible injuries other people can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. This too shall pass. With the help of Burger Law's Bloomington, 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 fight until there is nothing left to fight. Contact a seasoned motorcycle accident lawyer in Bloomington, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary consultation.

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