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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Burbank, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Burbank, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, count on the principled, seasoned and dedicated legal representation of Burger Law to stand by your side and win you maximum compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have committed their careers the injured in Burbank and throughout Illinois. Call our office now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

No one can deny that motorcyclists are not given the same respect other vehicles on the Burbank, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides a sense of freedom and excitement and can provide a great sense of fellowship with others who enjoy the same feelings. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: that can all come to a crashing halt when a negligent driver fails to notice 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 abhors bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dishonest insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their duty. That is why we work tirelessly litigating cases, trying cases and demanding a maximum financial recovery for those hurt when they did nothing wrong. You deserve justice, and the Burbank, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will get it for you. Call us immediately at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until we win your claim.

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Burbank, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle fatalities and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only less than one percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to the National Safety Council. In the United States, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 deaths. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle crashes which resulted in 2,404 injuries and 152 deaths, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, the majority of those happened when a passenger car or truck collided with a motorcycle when the biker was driving in a straight line, which means 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 the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the nation in terms of both registered motorcycles and motorcycle crash fatalities.

Almost 50 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents occur in the in the summer when the weather is nicer, and half happen on the weekends.

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

A diligent and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will fight on your behalf when it seems like everything is going against you. From the first time we meet to our final victory in a settlement or in court, our team will:

  • Investigate your case and determine liability

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all types of auto accidents, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will acquire all the necessary evidence, including how much coverage is available, dash or helmet cameras, medical reports and more. Then, we will use our familiarity with the law and liability 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 demanding you be paid for all of the compensation you are owed. How much you receive depends on a variety of factors. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be in the millions.

  • Keep the insurance company honest

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Burbank, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Burbank and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know that partial compensation is unacceptable to us. bad faith failure to settle so they know we will not yield until you receive everything you are owed.

  • Keep you informed and offer sage legal counsel

    We are firm believers in providing our clients with clear and timely communication. Being injured through no fault of your own already leads to enough uncertainty, so you need a law firm that will consistently let you know how your claim is going. We oversee all the technical details of your claim so you can focus on your medical treatment and on your family. As communicate with the insurance company, we will offer advice based on what we believe is in your best interest. We will never be misleading about the best possible results for your case or what your chances might be in front of a judge and jury. We know what we believe is best, but at the end of the day, your future is in your hands.

  • Take the fight in front of a judge and jury if we have to

    While most claims settle out of court, you may need a motorcycle accident lawyer in Burbank, IL who knows how to win trials. You need someone who is a powerful speaker, expert at presenting evidence and knows how to be tough on cross-examinations. Among the myriad 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 without delay and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Burbank, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to find out more about what we can do for you.

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

No two crashes are entirely the same, but research reveals some common scenarios that lead to motorcyclists being put in harm's way because of other people's negligence. Most motorcycle wrecks are the result of:

However your accident unfolded, trust in the Burbank, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to carry out a thorough investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your accident.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Burbank, IL

As motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other motorists, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have lifelong consequences. While just one in ten 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 increases to over a third of motorcycle drivers and passengers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

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

Burbank, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for legal representation 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:

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

The National Safety Council estimates that between 2002 and 2017, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. That is because 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 the right equipment when you are on a motorcycle. Still, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, Illinois does not require the use of 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?

That is incredibly unlikely. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of civil lawsuits 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 Maneuver?

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 caused the accident that injured you. So if you were injured because you were forced into an emergency maneuver because someone was driving erratically, you could still pursue a claim because their negligence caused your injuries.

Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

No one anticipates being injured, and injuries often create unexpected financial hardships. Our Burbank, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, instead of an hourly fee. We only get paid once we win your case. That is important for two reasons:

  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. You can trust that we are not inflating our earnings with busy work.

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

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Will I Just End Up Losing Out on Money if I Hire 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 injuries that require more extensive medical treatment and more time off work, you will almost certainly get more money 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 we take our percentage. The same study also determined that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. Another study concluded that 91 percent of people who hired a lawyer 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 a thorough investigation your motorcycle accident lawyer will determine 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 tires contributed to your injuries.
  • A business can owe you compensation 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 fix 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 crucial to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who is well-versed in Illinois statutes and who understands how to litigate against different entities. 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. While somebody else may have caused the accident, a poor decision on your part may mean that you are partially responsible for your injuries. Illinois is classified 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 fact-finder determines your economic and noneconomic damages add up to $100,000 but that you are 20 percent to liable for your injuries, you would receive $80,000.

It is important to note that under 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you will not be able to make any sort of recovery if your injuries are more than 50 percent your fault.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Burbank, 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 disfigurement and mental burdens as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is largely broken down into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the financial impact of your injuries. That includes all medical expenses like prescriptions, physical therapy, assistive devices 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 severe cases, 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 a knee replacement 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 other costs such as having to hire a nanny to take care of your kids while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are harder to define, but basically they are meant to compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you have experienced to experiencing pain when going up the stairs. If you painted as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Burbank, 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 cases, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Burbank, IL

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. There are also more advanced courses with advanced turning and emergency maneuver techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather both makes your bike less stable and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Using the right safety gear — In the event of a collision, protective equipment such as helmets and visors specifically manufactured for motorcyclists go a long way in preventing injuries.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it may seem fun to test your limits, 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 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights no matter what time of day it is. Investing in a bike and clothing with visibility stripes helps other drivers be aware to your presence.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are hard for other drivers to see on the road, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some drivers even drive hostilely around. Pay attention at all times and do not assume that passenger car drivers will do what is best for you.

Of course, do everything right and still pay the price when someone else breaks the rules of the road. That is when Burger Law steps in. Call a motorcycle crash lawyer in Burbank, 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 three decades years of experience, we have have secured our clients in Burbank and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We have seen firsthand the horrible injuries negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. This too shall pass. Burger Law's Burbank, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will not let someone get away with hurting you. 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 knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer in Burbank, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case review.

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