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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Cahokia, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Cahokia, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, count on the principled, experienced and dedicated legal advocacy of Burger Law to stand by your side and secure you a complete recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the injured in Cahokia and throughout Illinois. Call our office now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

No one can deny that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Cahokia, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a close sense of brotherhood with others who enjoy the same feelings. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a thoughtless driver fails to see you. You should not have to pay for another person's recklessness. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team despises bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and resistant insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their responsibility. That is why we are constantly investigating claims, standing up in trial and demanding full compensation for those injured through no fault of their own. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Cahokia, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Speak to a qualified 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 Cahokia and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle deaths 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 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 passed away in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle accidents which resulted in 2,404 injuries and 152 fatalities, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Regrettably, over 50 percent of those happened when a passenger car or truck collided with a motorcycle when the biker was driving in a straight line, which leads us to believe that the accidents were often because of a car or truck driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Crashes are most common in densely populated areas, especially around tolls.

According to data 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.

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

A tenacious and committed motorcycle accident lawyer will fight on your behalf when it seems like everything is going against you. From our first phone call to securing you maximum compensation, our team will:

  • Investigate your accident and determine liability

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all types of auto accidents, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will obtain all the necessary evidence, including proof of your damages, pictures, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will utilize our familiarity with the law and liability and network of crash experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine the value of your claim

    Next, we will consult with doctors and financial experts to put an exact dollar amount on your injuries, and write a settlement letter demanding that you receive all of it. 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. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be $5,000,000.

  • Keep the insurance company honest

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to minimize your injuries as much as they can. Our Cahokia, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Cahokia and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know we know how to get great results. awards, honors and accolades that we are proud to have 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 investigating your accident and communicating with the insurance company immediately and do not stop until you get the full compensation you deserve. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Cahokia, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your journey to true healing.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Cahokia, IL?

No two crashes are totally the same, but analysis reveals some common scenarios that lead to motorcyclists being injured when other people break the rules. Most motorcycle wrecks are the result of:

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, once you hire us the Cahokia, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to conduct an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for injuring you.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Cahokia, IL

As motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just over ten percent of Illinois passenger car occupants 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 number goes up to over a third of motorcycle riders, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

Whatever the extent of your or your loved one's injuries, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Cahokia, IL will see to it that you receive compensation for them.

Cahokia, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our clients are people who have often never had to go through a claims process and are not entirely sure how a motorcycle accident claim works. Below are the answers to many of the questions people ask us:

Does it Matter if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council reports 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.

Driving safely saves lives, 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 drivers to wear 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 I Have to Go to Court to Get Compensation for My Motorcycle Injuries?

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to trial. According to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 tort claims are decided by a trial verdict. 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 Fall?

If another driver is responsible for your emergency maneuver. 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 because a driver tried to merge into your lane without looking, you could still pursue a claim because their negligence caused your injuries.

Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and injuries often create unexpected financial hardships. Our Cahokia, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, not an hourly fee. You pay nothing upfront. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we truly believe in its merits and that we can add significant value to it.
  2. We have no reason to give you the run around.

At Burger Law, our Cahokia, 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 always claim that a lawyer will only take money out of your pocket in the end. 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 always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to hold the insurance company accountable.

According to a paper called "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 council also determined that motorcycle accident lawyers are integral in getting the full medical treatment they need to recover. Another survey reported that over nine in 10 respondents who hired a lawyer 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 the circumstances surrounding your crash, but it is very possible that after a thorough investigation your motorcycle accident lawyer will determine that there are other parties you can make a claim against:

  • You can file a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty steering systems played a part in 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 fix a known road hazard.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction site if they did not securely zone it off.

The claims and lawsuit process can vary greatly when it involves different types of defendants, so it is vital to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who knows Illinois statutes and who has won all of these types of cases before. 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 to Blame?

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 considered a "modified comparative fault" state. That means that compensation is still available if you were partially to blame for your accident, but the amount will be less based on how much responsibility you bear. 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 liable for your injuries, you would make a recovery of $80,000.

It is important to mention that according to 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 Compensation Can I Recover for My Cahokia, 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 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 compensate you for the financial impact of your injuries. That includes any medical treatments like medication, surgeries, braces and more. It also includes any earnings you lost from not being able to perform the tasks of your job for a period because of your injuries. In severe cases, you may have future economic damages as well. Such as 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 cover 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 intended to compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. This can include the physical pain and suffering you feel to not being able to play with your kids like before. If you were the MVP in your local basketball league and now can no longer jump the same, Burger Law's Cahokia, 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:

Cahokia, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

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 overestimate your abilities on a motorcycle. Some important steps to take to stay safe include:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will help you learn 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.
  • Planning for the weather — Inclement weather such as rain or snow not only makes your bike harder to control, but decreases how visible you are to other drivers.
  • Using the right safety equipment — In the event of a crash, protective gear such as helmets and gloves specifically made for motorcyclists is key to preventing injuries.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it may be tempting to wave in between cars, we all have a responsibility to keep the roads safe. Stay in your lane, ride at an appropriate velocity and make sure you are following the regulations set out in the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights on at all times. Having 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 uneven pavement. Prioritize your safety at all times and do not assume that passenger car drivers will do what is best for you.

Of course, even when you do not do anything wrong you can still be injured by another person's negligence. That is what we are here for. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in Cahokia, 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 represented hundreds of clients in Cahokia and throughout Illinois. We have seen firsthand the horrible injuries negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. You do not have to go through this alone. Burger Law's Cahokia, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will balance the scales of justice and deliver a full financial recovery. It is not an accident 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. Speak directly to a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer in Cahokia, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

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