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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Blue Island, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Blue Island, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, trust in the empathetic, seasoned and committed legal advocacy of Burger Law to defend your rights and secure you the best possible recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the injured in Blue Island and throughout Illinois. Call a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Blue Island, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle offers relieves tension and stress and can offer a close sense of fellowship with other bikers. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: that can all come to a screeching halt when a thoughtless driver fails to notice you. 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 loathes bullies who think the road belongs to them and dishonest insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders accountable. That is why we spend every day investigating claims, standing up in trial and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those who sustain damages when they did nothing wrong. This injustice needs to be undone, and the Blue Island, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Call us immediately at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until you get your settlement or verdict check.

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Blue Island, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle fatalities 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 deaths. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle crashes which caused 2,404 injuries and 152 deaths, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, the majority 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 due to another driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Most of the crashes occurred in densely populated areas, especially major city streets.

According to research 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 on the weekends.

What Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Blue Island, IL Do for

A diligent and dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer will do what needs to be done when you need help the most. From initial consultation to the day you receive your payment, our team will:

  • Investigate your claim and ascertain who is at fault

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine who is responsible. We will acquire all the necessary evidence, including how much coverage is available, dash or helmet cameras, police reports and more. Then, we will use our familiarity with the law and liability and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • 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. 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. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be in the millions.

  • Keep the insurance company on their toes

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Blue Island, IL motorcycle accident lawyers do not let them get away with it. Insurance companies in Blue Island and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name because they know that partial compensation is unacceptable to us. bad faith failure to settle so they know we will not give up until you make a full recovery.

  • Be responsive and offer sage legal counsel

    Client communication is one of our top priorities. Being injured in a motorcycle accident already leads to enough anxiety, so you need a law firm that will consistently keep you updated on the status of your claim. We manage all the technical details of your claim so you can focus on your medical treatment and on your family. As receive settlement offers, we will provide legal counsel based on our experience. We are always honest about the best possible results for your case or if we need to take the fight to court to get what you deserve. We believe in what we tell you, but when all is said and done, we know you need to make the best decision for your family and future.

  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury if necessary

    While most claims settle out of court, you may need a motorcycle accident lawyer in Blue Island, IL who knows how to win trials. 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 myriad awards, honors and accolades that Burger Law has 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 investigating your accident and communicating with the insurance company immediately and do not stop until you are awarded the best possible recovery. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Blue Island, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to learn more about the tremendous care and attention we offer our clients.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Blue Island, IL?

No two crashes are totally alike, but analysis points to some concerning similarities. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

However your accident unfolded, once you hire us the Blue Island, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to perform a thorough investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for not respecting your right to ride safely.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Blue Island, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily flung from their vehicles, the injuries sustained can often be grave and sometimes lead to lifelong disability. While just 11.7 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 number goes up to 36 percent of motorcycle riders, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

No matter how bad your injuries are, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Blue Island, IL is here to fight for you and make sure the insurance company cannot minimize the impact of your damages.

Blue Island, 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 how a motorcycle accident claim works. Below are the answers to many of the questions people ask us:

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

The National Safety Council estimates that between 2002 and 2017, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. That is hardly surprising, as head injuries are the most common fatal injury in motorcycle crashes.

Persuading people to drive safely is an important part of what we do, and that means wearing appropriate safety gear when riding a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, it is not illegal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet in Illinois. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not at-fault. While an insurance company may try to blame your injuries on your decision not to wear a helmet, an experienced Blue Island, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will tell them that they know that is nonsense.

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

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to court. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of tort claims are resolved by a jury. 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?

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 led to your damages. 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 still deserve compensation because their negligence caused your injuries.

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

We know that injuries are always unexpected, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to make an injury claim. Our Blue Island, 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 benefits 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 will not receive any empty promises.

At Burger Law, our Blue Island, IL motorcycle crash lawyers work for you, the injured, and only you.

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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 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, 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 same study also determined that motorcycle accident lawyers connect people to the full medical treatment they need. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney got compensation, compared to only 51 percent of people without a lawyer.

Is Anybody Besides the Other Driver Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on things such as road conditions, if the driver was operating a vehicle in the course of their employment and motorcycle or car parts, but it is very possible that after looking extensively into your case your motorcycle accident lawyer will conclude that one or more other parties are liable for your injuries:

  • You can file a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle manufacturer if a defective product such as faulty fuel systems contributed to your injuries.
  • A commercial company can be responsible for their driver's actions if you were injured in a bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A local, state or federal government 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 near a construction site if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable danger.

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 is not afraid to go after every liable party. 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 Make a Recovery for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially Responsible?

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 jury determines you are owed $100,000 in damages but that you are 20 percent to liable for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to remember that under 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if you are responsible for half of your damages.

What Compensation Can I Recover for My Blue Island, 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, lost wages, 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 all medical treatments like follow up doctors' appointments, surgeries, braces and more. It also includes any earnings you lost from not being able to perform the tasks of your job for a period because of your injuries. In the most awful situations, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. For example, if you were a potential professional athlete who now has a career-ending injury, or if you need vehicle or home modifications that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we work with our network of economic experts to how much you need to continue a comfortable lifestyle and pay for those medical expenses.

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

Noneconomic damages are harder to define, but essentially compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can include the physical pain and suffering you have undergone to experiencing pain when going up the stairs. If you used to play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Blue Island, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will demand that your recovery reflects that.

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

Blue Island, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when appropriate safety measures are not taken. It is important to never underestimate how dangerous road hazards and other drivers are to you. Some important steps to take to stay safe include:

  • 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 braking techniques.
  • Planning for the weather — Inclement weather such as rain or snow not only makes your bike harder to control, but affects how well other drivers can see you.
  • Using the right safety equipment — In the event of a crash, protective gear such as helmets and jackets specifically designed for motorcyclists go a long way in preventing injuries.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it may be tempting to wave in between cars, the rules are in place for a reason. Pay close attention to your surroundings, ride at an appropriate velocity and make sure you are following the regulations set out in 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 jacket with visibility stripes helps other drivers be aware to your presence.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are often unseen on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and are affected much more by road hazards such as potholes. 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 when Burger Law steps in. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in Blue Island, 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 30 years of experience, we have represented hundreds of clients in Blue Island and throughout Illinois. We have seen firsthand the devastation negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. These trying times will not last forever. With the help of Burger Law's Blue Island, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team, you will get the full compensation you need to truly recover and be made whole again. It is not an accident that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we always get great results for our clients. Contact a tenacious motorcycle accident lawyer in Blue Island, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.

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