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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Bucktown, IL. If someone was negligent and injured you, trust in the ethical, accomplished and aggressive legal representation of Burger Law to defend your rights and secure you full compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the vulnerable in Bucktown and throughout Illinois. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

No one can deny that motorcyclists all but invisible on the Bucktown, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a close sense of camaraderie with others who enjoy the same freedoms. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: that can all come to a screeching halt when a thoughtless driver does not respect your safety and injures you. You did not ask to be in this situation, but now you are forced to deal with it. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team cannot stand bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and resistant insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their responsibility. That is why we have dedicated our lives to filing lawsuits, standing up in trial and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those injured when they did nothing wrong. This injustice needs to be undone, and the Bucktown, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will see to it that it is. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until you receive the compensation you deserve.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Bucktown 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 data from the National Safety Council. In the United States, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 passed away in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle collisions, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were deadly, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Unfortunately, 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 not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Most of the crashes occurred in densely populated areas, especially on arterial roads.

According to findings 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 fatalities in 2017.

Almost half of fatal motorcycle collisions occur in the between June and September, and 50 percent occur on the weekends.

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

A diligent and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will do what needs to be done when you need help the most. From the first time we meet to our final victory in a settlement or in court, we will:

  • Investigate your claim and determine which parties are liable for your damages

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will acquire every type of evidence we can, including insurance policies, dash or helmet cameras, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will use our experience and network of crash experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held responsible.

  • Determine how much your injuries are worth

    Then, we will use our network of physicians and economists to put a precise dollar amount on your injuries, and immediately inform the insurance company that you expect to be fully compensated. 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 honest

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Bucktown, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Bucktown and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly 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 working on your case immediately and work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Bucktown, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to find out more about the tremendous care and attention we offer our clients.

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

No two crashes are completely identical, but analysis reveals some troubling similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

Whatever caused your collision, you can be sure the Bucktown, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will conduct an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for not respecting your right to ride safely.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Bucktown, IL

As motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just one in ten people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that percentage jumps up to 36 percent of motorcycle drivers, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

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

Bucktown, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never had to go through a claims process and are not entirely sure the motorcycle accident claim process. 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 over the course of 15 years in the early 2000s, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. Indeed, head injuries account for 41.4 percent of fatal motorcycle injuries.

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. Still, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that compels 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 bring it up in an attempt to devalue your claim, an experienced Bucktown, 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?

Most likely, no. According to research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 civil lawsuits 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?

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 you were injured because you were forced into an emergency maneuver because a driver did not see you when turning left, you you can still hold the other driver responsible because their negligence caused your injuries.

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

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to deal with being injured because somebody else broke the rules. That is why our Bucktown, 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 advantages for you:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we truly 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 Bucktown, 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 injuries that require more extensive medical treatment and more time off work, 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 same study also determined that motorcycle accident lawyers are integral in getting the full medical treatment they need to recover. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney got compensation, compared to roughly half of people who did not seek legal representation.

What Other Parties Can I Hold Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on things such as road conditions, if the driver was driving 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 make a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty handlebars caused your injuries.
  • A commercial company can be held liable for your injuries if they were caused by 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 around a construction zone if important safety measures were not implemented.

The claims and lawsuit process can vary greatly when it involves different types of defendants, so it is crucial to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who is well-versed in Illinois statutes and who has won all of these types of cases before. For example, who can be held liable in a product liability case depends on who was responsible for what part of the vehicle reaching the market.

Can I Still Make a Recovery for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially to Blame?

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 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 jury determines you need $100,000 to reimburse you for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering but that you are 20 percent to 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 are not eligible for compensation if you were more than half to blame.

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

Your injuries affect you in more ways than just physical pain and needing to recover. There are also medical expenses, lost wages, possibly disfigurement and emotional scarring as well. You will compensated for two types of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are the sum total of your financial loss. That includes all medical costs like follow up doctors' appointments, surgeries, crutches 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. For example, if you can only safely work 20 hours a week now, 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 determine what those costs will be in the future.

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

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but essentially compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. This can include the physical pain and suffering you feel to having difficulty sleeping. If you enjoyed biking on the weekends but now your knee clicks, Burger Law's Bucktown, 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:

Bucktown, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the freedom they instill. Being judicious 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 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 braking techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather such as rain or snow not only makes your bike harder to control, but decreases how visible you are to other drivers.
  • Not forgetting about safety gear — In the event of a crash, protective equipment such as helmets and visors specifically manufactured for bikers is key to avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it is natural to want to wave in between cars, we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others on the road. Stay in your lane, drive the speed limit and make sure your bike is compliant with other regulations set out in the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Staying visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights no matter what time of day it is. 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 more susceptible to road hazards such as potholes. Keep an eye out 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. Call a motorcycle crash lawyer in Bucktown, 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 Bucktown and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We have seen up close the devastation reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. This too shall pass. Burger Law's Bucktown, 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 always get great results for our clients. Call a tenacious motorcycle accident lawyer in Bucktown, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case review.

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