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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Byron, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Byron, IL. If someone was negligent and you ended up injured, believe in the ethical, experienced and committed legal advocacy of Burger Law to defend your rights and win you full compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for those who need help in Byron and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists all but invisible on the Byron, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle provides a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can provide a close sense of friendship with other bikers. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: you can be robbed of that feeling when a negligent driver does not respect your safety and injures you. You did not ask to be in this situation, but now you are forced to find some manner of recovery. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team despises bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and dubious insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders responsible. That is why we have dedicated our lives to filing lawsuits, convincing jury members and demanding a maximum financial recovery for those injured through no fault of their own. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Byron, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until you receive the compensation you are owed.

If you were injured because of someone else's negligence, find out the value of your claim by using our free personal injury calculator.



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Byron, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of traffic fatalities and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only less than one percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to data from the National Safety Council. In the entire country, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 fatalities. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle accidents, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Regrettably, the majority 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. Most of the crashes occurred in urban areas, especially around tolls.

According to research from the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with 280,322 registered motorcycles, and proportionately 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.

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

A persistent and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will be your rock when it seems like everything is going against you. From initial consultation to the day you receive your payment, our team will:

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

    We have seen just about every auto accident case imaginable, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will gather all the necessary evidence, 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 who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine the value of your claim

    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 be fully compensated. How much you are owed depends on a variety of factors. 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 Byron, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Byron and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name because they know we accept nothing but full compensation. 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 working on your claim immediately and work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Discuss the details of your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Byron, 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 Byron, IL?

No two crashes are entirely alike, but evaluation of available data paints a stark picture of troubling similarities. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

However your accident unfolded, trust in the Byron, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to conduct a full investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Byron, IL

As motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other motorists, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have permanent consequences. While just over ten percent of Illinois passenger car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that include severe lacerations, fractures, skull or chest injuries and abdominal injuries — that percentage increases to almost 40 percent of motorcycle riders, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

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

Byron, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for help never been in an accident and therefore do not know the motorcycle accident claim process. 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 found that between 2002 and 2017, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. That is hardly surprising, as 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. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, Illinois does not require the use of a helmet. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not at-fault. 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 research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 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 Fall?

If you performed the maneuver because of another driver's negligence, yes. Proving a personal injury claim means showing someone was negligent and that their negligence caused the accident that injured you. So if your performed your emergency maneuver after a driver tried to merge into your lane without looking, you you can still hold the other driver responsible because you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

We know that injuries are always unexpected, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to make an injury claim. That is why our Byron, 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 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 have no reason to give you the run around.

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

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Will I Just End Up Losing Out on Money if I Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

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 on your own, with more severe injuries that have higher damages, 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, 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 research also concluded that motorcycle accident lawyers also help people get help people get the full medical treatment they need to recover. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims 91 percent of people who hired a lawyer received a payout, compared to only 51 percent of people without an attorney.

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 relation to their job 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 designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty tires contributed to your injuries.
  • A commercial company can be responsible 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 in a construction site if they did not securely zone it off.

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 go after every liable party. For example, product liability cases become complicated when the manufacturer no longer exists.

Can I Still Recover Compensation for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially at Fault?

Yes. It may be true that you were not faultless in an accident somebody else caused. Illinois is referred to 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 the other driver is only 80 percent to blame for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to remember that according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if your injuries are more than 50 percent your fault.

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

Your injuries affect you in more ways than just physical pain and needing to recover. There are also hospital bills, consequences for your ability to make a living, possibly disfigurement and emotional tribulations 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 bills like prescriptions, physical rehabilitation, braces and more. If you could not fulfill the normal tasks of your job while recovering, you will get that money back as well. In the worst cases, you may have future economic damages as well. For example, if you were a landscaper who is now confined to a wheelchair, or if you need assistive devices 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 general expenses such as transportation to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but basically they are intended to compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you feel to not being able to play with your kids like before. If you used to draw as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Byron, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure you are compensated for that.

Our motorcycle crash and personal injury lawyers have helped the injured throughout Illinois receive compensation for a variety types of claims, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Byron, IL

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when not driven properly. It is important to never overestimate your abilities on a motorcycle. You can keep you and others as safe as possible by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will instill in you how to stay safe 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 both results in slippery roads and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Using the right safety equipment — In the event of a crash, protective gear such as helmets and jackets specifically designed for bikers work wonders in preventing injuries.
  • Following traffic laws — While it may be tempting to stretch your freedom, we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others on the road. Stay in your lane, drive the speed limit and make sure you are following the 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. Having a bike and equipment 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 drivers even drive hostilely around. Prioritize your safety at all times and do not assume that others see you or are looking out for your safety.

Of course, you can still become injured through no fault of your own. That is when Burger Law steps in. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Byron, 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 Byron and throughout Illinois. We have seen up close the devastation negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. This too shall pass. With the help of Burger Law's Byron, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team, you will get the full compensation you need to truly recover and be made whole again. We are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest for a reason: we respect our clients, we fight hard for our clients and we take their cases personally. Speak directly to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Byron, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

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