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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Bradley, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Bradley, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, believe in the principled, veteran and committed legal representation of Burger Law to stand by your side and demand maximum compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have pledged their careers the injured in Bradley and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Bradley, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers a sense of freedom and excitement and can provide a great sense of brotherhood with others who enjoy the same freedoms. Unfortunately, that can come at a cost: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a careless driver fails to see 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 hates bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and resistant insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their responsibility. That is why we are constantly filing lawsuits, convincing jury members and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those who sustain damages by someone else's failures. You deserve justice, and the Bradley, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until you receive the compensation you are owed.

If you were injured through no fault of your own, see how much your claim may be worth by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.



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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Bradley and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle deaths 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. Nationwide, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 perished in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle wrecks, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were deadly, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over 50 percent of those happened when the motorcycle was going straight ahead, insinuating that the accidents were often caused by a car or truck driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Wrecks happen most frequently 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 between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.

What Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Bradley, IL Do for

A tenacious and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will stand by your side when no one else will. From our first phone call to the day you receive your payment, we will:

  • Investigate your case and determine liability

    We have seen just about every auto accident case imaginable, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will obtain every bit of evidence available, including proof of your damages, surveillance footage, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will utilize our knowledge of accidents and network of crash experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held accountable.

  • Determine how much your case is worth

    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 write the insurance company on your behalf informing them that we will settle for nothing less than the maximum compensation. 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. Some successful resolutions end up being tens of thousands of dollars, while others can reach the millions.

  • Play hardball with the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Bradley, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure they understand that we will not let them take advantage of you. Insurance companies in Bradley and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name 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 work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Discuss the details of your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Bradley, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to discover more about what we can do for you.

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

No two crashes are totally the same, but research indicates some troubling similarities. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

Whatever caused your collision, once you hire us the Bradley, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to conduct a full investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for not respecting your right to ride safely.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Bradley, IL

As motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other motorists, the injuries sustained can often be severe and even lead to permanent 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 figure jumps up to 36 percent of motorcycle riders, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

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

Bradley, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our clients are people who have often never been in an accident and are not entirely sure how a motorcycle accident claim works. Below are the answers to many of the questions people ask us:

Can I Still Get Compensation if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council reports that between 2002 and 2017, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. That is because head injuries are the number one cause of death 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 to blame. There is no reason for your claim to be affected if you did not wear a helmet.

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

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to trial. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 tort claims are decided by a jury. With a strong attorney on your side, the insurance company will not want to go into a lengthy trial they are likely to lose.

Can I Still Get Compensation 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. 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 because a driver did not see you when turning left, you you still deserve compensation because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and injuries often create unexpected financial hardships. That is why our Bradley, IL motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means we take a percentage of your final compensation as our fees. You pay nothing upfront. Beyond easier access to quality legal representation, there are two other benefits for you:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we genuinely believe in its merits and that we can put a lot more money into your pocket.
  2. We will always be straight with you.

At Burger Law, our Bradley, 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. If your injury only required a quick trip to the emergency room you can usually get a fair settlement without an attorney, with more severe injuries that have higher medical bills and cause more pain and suffering, you will almost certainly get get a higher payout if you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer.

According to the study "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 research also concluded that motorcycle accident lawyers also help people get help people get 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 a lawyer.

Is Anybody Besides the Other Driver Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the circumstances surrounding your crash, but it is very possible that after a thorough investigation 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 handlebars played a part in your injuries.
  • A commercial company can owe you compensation for their driver's negligence if you were injured in a bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A local, state or federal government if a road hazard or poorly designed road contributed to your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction zone if important safety measures were not implemented.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a government entity, so it is crucial to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who is well-versed in Illinois statutes and who is not afraid to stand up to powerful corporations. 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 Responsible?

Yes. It may be true that you were not faultless in an accident somebody else caused. Illinois is considered 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 you are owed $100,000 in damages but that you are 20 percent to liable for your injuries, you would receive $80,000.

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

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

Economic damages compensate you for the financial impact of your injuries. That includes any medical bills like medication, surgeries, braces and more. If you could not work while recovering, you will be compensated for that as well. In severe cases, you may have future economic damages as well. Such as 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 work with our network of economic experts to adjust for inflation and rising costs of medical care.

Economic damages also provide reimbursement for general expenses such as transportation 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 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 Bradley, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure you are compensated for that.

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

Bradley, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration they instill. Being meticulous about safety is a must on a motorcycle. You can keep you and others as safe as possible by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will help you learn how to use good judgment on a motorcycle. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches advanced turning and emergency falls techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather both results in slippery roads and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Not forgetting about safety gear — In the event of a crash, safety equipment such as helmets and boots specifically designed for motorcyclists is key to avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Following traffic laws — While it may seem fun to test your limits, the rules are meant to keep everyone safe, including you. Avoid weaving in between cars, drive the speed limit and make sure you are following the regulations set out in 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights no matter what time of day it is. Having a bike and clothing with visibility stripes helps other drivers be aware to your presence.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are often unseen on the road, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some people are even aggressive towards them. Prioritize your safety at all times and do not assume others will see you.

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. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in Bradley, 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 have secured our clients in Bradley and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We have seen firsthand the horrible injuries other people can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. These trying times will not last forever. Burger Law's Bradley, 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 respect our clients, we fight hard for our clients and we take their cases personally. Contact a veteran motorcycle accident lawyer in Bradley, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary consultation.

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