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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Canton, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Canton, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, rely on the principled, veteran and tenacious legal representation of Burger Law to stand by your side and demand a full recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for those who need help in Canton and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Canton, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a great sense of fellowship with other bikers. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a careless 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 despises bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and dishonest insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders responsible. That is why we are constantly investigating claims, trying cases and demanding full compensation for those who sustain damages through no fault of their own. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Canton, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney immediately at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until you get your settlement or verdict check.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Canton and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle deaths and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only only .06 percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to the National Safety Council. Nationwide, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 fatalities. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle crashes, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Unfortunately, over 50 percent of those crashes came 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 caused by a car or truck driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. 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.

Just under 50 percent of deadly motorcycle accidents occur in the in the summer when the weather is nicer, and 50 percent happen on the weekends.

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

A prudent and committed motorcycle accident lawyer will be your rock when no one else will. From initial consultation to securing you maximum compensation, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and ascertain which parties are liable for your damages

    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 every bit of evidence available, including proof of your damages, surveillance footage, medical reports and more. Then, we will rely on our familiarity with the law and liability and network of crash experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine how much your injuries are worth

    Then, 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 send a settlement letter to the insurance company demanding that you receive all of it. How much you receive depends on a variety of factors. We have settled auto crash cases for anything from $20,000 to $5,000,000.

  • Keep the insurance company on their toes

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to minimize your injuries as much as they can. Our Canton, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure they understand that we will not let them take advantage of you. Insurance companies in Canton and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly because they know we accept nothing but full compensation. bad faith failure to settle so they know we will not give up until you get the best possible compensation.

  • Be responsive and offer sound legal counsel

    We pride ourselves on our communication with our clients. Being injured through no fault of your own already leads to enough anxiety, so you need a law firm that call you back promptly and tell you when there is an update. We handle all the legal aspects of your case so you can spend your energy on recovering. As your case progresses, we will provide legal counsel based on what we believe to be your best path forward. We will never be dishonest about whether or not we believe you can get more money or if we need to take the fight to court to get what you deserve. We believe in what we tell you, but in the end, we know you need to make the best decision for your family and future.

  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury if we do not secure a fair offer in negotiations

    While most claims settle out of court, you may need a motorcycle accident lawyer in Canton, IL who knows how to win over a jury. You need a trial attorney who is a powerful speaker, expert at presenting evidence and knows how to be tough on cross-examinations. Among the many 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 investigating your accident and communicating with the insurance company immediately and do not stop until you are awarded the best possible recovery. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Canton, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to discover more about the tremendous care and attention we offer our clients.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Canton, IL?

Every accident is different, but evaluation of historical data paints a stark picture of troubling similarities. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

Whatever caused your collision, you can be sure the Canton, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will carry out a thorough investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your accident.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Canton, IL

As motorcyclists are are not protected by doors, roofs and airbags, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have permanent consequences. While just 11.7 percent of Illinois car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that number goes 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:

No matter how bad your injuries are, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Canton, IL will see to it that you receive compensation for them.

Canton, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for help never had to go through a claims process and are not entirely sure 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 approximates that over the course of 15 years in the early 2000s, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. That is because head injuries are the number one cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers always recommend driving safely, including wearing a helmet if you are on a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that requires motorcycle riders 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?

Most likely, no. According to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 civil lawsuits are decided by a trial verdict. Settlements are usually favorable to both parties, as long as you have a great lawyer on your side.

Can I Still Recover 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 you were injured because you were forced into an emergency maneuver after another motorist was looking at their phone, you you can still hold the other driver accountable because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

We know that injuries are always unexpected, and injuries often create unexpected financial hardships. That is why our Canton, IL motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means we take a percentage of your final compensation as our fees. We only get paid once we win your case. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we genuinely believe in its merits and that we believe your damages are worth much more than what the insurance company is currently offering.
  2. We have no reason to give you the run around.

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

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Can I Really Get More Money With a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Insurance companies want you to believe that it is actually the attorney that cannot be trusted. That is false. While in some cases with mild injuries you can usually get a fair settlement without an attorney, 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 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 study also found 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 over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney made any kind of financial recovery, compared to only 51 percent 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 motorcycle accident lawyers often reveal other liable parties:

  • You can make a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty steering systems contributed to your injuries.
  • A business can be responsible for their driver's negligence if you were injured in a bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government entity if a road hazard or poorly designed road caused your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction site if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable risk harm.

Different laws apply to making claims against different liable parties, 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 at Fault?

With the help of a seasoned attorney, yes. While somebody else may have been largely responsible for 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 that compensation is still available if you were partially to blame for your accident, but the amount will be less depending on how much you contributed to it. For example, if a fact-finder determines your injuries are worth $100,000 but that the other driver is only 80 percent to blame for your injuries, you would receive $80,000.

It is important to note that pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if the accident was more than half your fault.

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

Your injuries affect you in more ways than just physical pain and needing to recover. There are also medical cost, consequences for your ability to make a living, possibly disability and mental pain as well. You will receive a financial recovery for two types of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are the sum total of your financial loss. That includes any medical costs like follow up doctors' appointments, surgeries, crutches and more. If you could not work while recovering, you will get that money back as well. In severe cases, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. For example, if you were a potential professional athlete who now has a career-ending injury, 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 compensate you for out-of-pocket expenses such as having to put your kids in a daycare while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are harder to define, but essentially compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you have undergone to having difficulty sleeping. If you used to draw as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Canton, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure you are compensated for that.

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

How to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle in Canton, IL

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when appropriate safety measures are not taken. Being meticulous about safety is a must on a motorcycle. The best ways to reduce the risk of accident and injury is by:

  • 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 maneuver techniques.
  • Planning for the weather — Inclement weather such as rain or snow not only makes your bike harder to control, but affects how well other drivers can see you.
  • Not forgetting about safety equipment — If an accident is unavoidable, safety gear such as helmets and gloves specifically made for bikers go a long way in not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • 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. Pay close attention to your surroundings, do not drive too fast and make sure your bike is compliant with other regulations set out in 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Staying visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights no matter what time of day it is. Investing in a bike and jacket with visibility stripes goes a long way in helping others see you too.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are hard for other drivers to see on the road, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some motorists are even aggressive towards them. Pay attention 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. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Canton, 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 Canton and throughout Illinois. We have seen up close the horrible injuries reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. You do not have to go through this alone. With the help of Burger Law's Canton, 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 do not back down. Contact a tenacious motorcycle accident lawyer in Canton, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.

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