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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Boone County, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Boone County, IL. If someone was negligent and injured you, trust in the honest, experienced and aggressive legal advocacy of Burger Law to stand by your side and win you a complete recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have pledged their careers the vulnerable in Boone County and throughout Illinois. Call our office now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Boone County, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a close sense of camaraderie with other bikers. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: that can all come to a crashing halt 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 cannot stand bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and dishonest insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders responsible. That is why we are constantly filing lawsuits, convincing jury members and accepting nothing less than a maximum financial recovery for those who sustain damages when they did nothing wrong. You deserve justice, and the Boone County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will get it for you. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney today 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 Boone County 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 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 deaths. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle wrecks, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Regrettably, over half of those crashes came when the motorcycle was going in a straight line, which means the accidents were often because of another driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Crashes are most common in urban areas, especially major city streets.

According to data from 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 on the weekends.

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

A meticulous and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will fight on your behalf 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 who is at fault

    We have seen just about every auto accident case imaginable, and know how to determine who is responsible. We will gather every bit of evidence available, including insurance policies, dash or helmet cameras, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will utilize our knowledge of accidents and consult with accident recreation experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine how much your case is worth

    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 the insurance company on your behalf informing them that we will settle for nothing less than the maximum compensation. How much you are owed depends on a variety of factors. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be $5,000,000.

  • Fight back against the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Boone County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Boone County and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name because they know we know how to get great results. 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 working on your claim immediately and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Boone County, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to find out more about what we can do for you.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Boone County, IL?

No two crashes are completely alike, but research reveals some troubling similarities. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

However your accident unfolded, trust in the Boone County, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to carry out a full investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for injuring you.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Boone County, 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 prevents you from walking, driving or otherwise participating in activities you used to be capable of — that percentage jumps up to over a third of motorcycle riders, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

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

Boone County, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never had to hire an attorney before and naturally have questions about what to expect in a motorcycle accident claim. 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 between 2002 and 2017, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. Indeed, 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 a helmet if you are on 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. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not liable. 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 percent of tort claims are resolved 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 you performed the maneuver because another driver broke the rules of the road, yes. 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 you had no choice but to try an emergency maneuver after a driver did not see you when turning left, you you still deserve compensation because you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

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

No one anticipates being injured, and injuries often create sudden financial hardships. Our Boone County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, instead of 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 genuinely believe in its merits and that 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 Boone County, IL motorcycle crash lawyers will only take on your case if it is in your best interest.

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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. If your injury only required an appointment with your primary care doctor the insurance company may cover all your damages just to get the claim out of the way, with more severe injuries that have higher medical bills and cause more pain and suffering, 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 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 with an attorney received a payout, compared to roughly half of people who did not seek legal representation.

Are There Any Third Parties 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 file a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle manufacturer if a defective product such as faulty tires played a part in your injuries.
  • A business can owe you compensation for your injuries if they were caused by 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 fix 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.

Different laws apply to making claims against different liable parties, so it is crucial 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 Recover Compensation for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially to Blame?

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 what is known 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 mediator determines your economic and noneconomic damages add up to $100,000 but that you are 20 percent to liable for your injuries, you would be awarded $80,000.

It is important to remember that according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are barred from receiving compensation if you were more than 50 percent to blame.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Boone County, IL Motorcycle Accident?

You deserve a financial recovery for more than just the fact that your were inconvenienced by an accident. There are also medical expenses, consequences for your ability to work, possibly disability and mental burdens 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 expenses like medication, physical therapy, 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 most awful situations, you may have future economic damages as well. Such as if you can only safely work 20 hours a week now, or if you need a wheelchair 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 other costs such as Ubers or bus fare to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but essentially compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. 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 Boone County, 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 numerous types of claims, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Boone County, IL

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when not driven properly. Being thorough 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 instill in you the rules of the road for motorcyclists. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches advanced turning and emergency braking techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather both creates hazards for you and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Wearing safety gear — If a collision is unavoidable, safety equipment such as helmets and jackets specifically made for bikers work wonders in avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Adhering to traffic laws — While it is natural to want to see just how much you and your bike are capable of, we all have an obligation to keep the roads safe. Pay close attention to your surroundings, drive the speed limit and make sure your bike is compliant with other regulations set out in the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights throughout the day. Having a bike and gear 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. Keep an eye out 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 Boone County, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get the best possible results in your claim.

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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Chicago, Illinois | Burger Law

In our three decades years of experience, we have represented hundreds of clients in Boone County and throughout Illinois. We have seen firsthand the devastation other people can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. You do not have to go through this alone. With the help of Burger Law's Boone County, 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 for nothing that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we fight until there is nothing left to fight. Contact a veteran motorcycle accident lawyer in Boone County, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary consultation.

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