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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Champaign, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Champaign, IL. If someone was negligent and injured you, count on the honest, veteran and committed legal representation of Burger Law to defend your rights and secure you the best possible compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have pledged their careers those who need help in Champaign and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law 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 Champaign, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a great sense of friendship with other bikers. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a thoughtless driver does not respect your safety and injures you. You should not have to pay for what somebody else did. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team cannot stand bullies who think the road belongs to them and dubious insurance companies that try to avoid their duty. That is why we work tirelessly filing lawsuits, standing up in trial and demanding a maximum financial recovery for those harmed through no fault of their own. This injustice needs to be undone, and the Champaign, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will see to it that it is. Speak to a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until you receive the compensation you deserve.

If you were injured because of someone else's negligence, find out how much your claim may be worth by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.



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Champaign, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle 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. Nationwide, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 deaths. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle accidents, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, the majority of those occurred when the motorcycle was going in a straight line, which means the accidents were often due to another driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Wrecks happen most frequently in densely populated areas, especially major city streets.

According to data 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 deaths in 2017.

Just under half of deadly motorcycle collisions occur in the between June and September, and half occur between Friday night and Monday morning.

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

A prudent and committed motorcycle accident lawyer will do what needs to be done 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, we will:

  • Investigate your case and ascertain who is at fault

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will gather every type of evidence we can, including how much coverage is available, surveillance footage, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will use our knowledge of accidents and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine how much your injuries are 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 send a settlement letter to the insurance company demanding that you receive all of it. How much you are owed depends on the specifics of your case. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be in the millions.

  • Keep the insurance company on their toes

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to devalue your injuries to the fullest extent they believe that are able to. Our Champaign, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Champaign and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly because they know we know how to get great results. 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 claim without delay and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Champaign, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true healing.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Champaign, IL?

Every accident is its own beast, but evaluation of historical data indicates some common trends that lead to motorcyclists being injured because of other people's negligence. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

Whatever caused your collision, trust in the Champaign, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to perform a thorough investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for injuring you.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Champaign, IL

As motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just one in ten Illinois 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 the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

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

Champaign, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the calls we get are from people who have often never had to go through a claims process and therefore do not know what to expect in a motorcycle accident claim. 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 over a recent 15 year period, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. Indeed, 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. Still, 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. While an insurance company may bring it up in an attempt to devalue your claim, an experienced Champaign, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will tell them that they know that is nonsense.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

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

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 led to your damages. So if you had no choice but to try an emergency maneuver because another motorist was looking at their phone, you you still deserve compensation because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

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

No one anticipates being injured, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to make an injury claim. That is why our Champaign, 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 you are fairly compensated. 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 can put a lot more money into your pocket.
  2. We have no reason to give you the run around.

At Burger Law, our Champaign, 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 love telling injured people that an attorney is not in their best interest. 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 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 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 the contingency fee has been paid. The council also determined that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. According to respondents in a different survey 91 percent of people with an attorney made any kind of financial recovery, compared to roughly half of people without an attorney.

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 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 protective gear caused your injuries.
  • A commercial company can owe you compensation for their driver's actions if you were injured in a bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government agency if problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road contributed to your accident.
  • A construction company if you were injured in a construction zone 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 familiar with 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 Make a Recovery for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially Responsible?

Yes. If someone else caused the accident, you may still bear some responsibility for your injuries if you did not follow certain safety protocols. Illinois is what is known 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 you need $100,000 to reimburse you for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering but that you are 20 percent to to blame for your injuries, you would be awarded $80,000.

It is important to mention that according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are barred from receiving compensation if you are responsible for half of your damages.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Champaign, 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 bills, time lost from work, possibly disfigurement and emotional scarring 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 expenses like medication, chiropractic appointments, 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 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 a joint replacement that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we consult with economic experts to adjust for inflation and rising costs of medical care.

Economic damages also compensate you for other costs such as gas costs when driving to and from medical appointments.

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 have undergone to having difficulty sleeping. If you used to play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Champaign, 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 have helped the injured throughout Illinois receive compensation for numerous types of cases, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Champaign, IL

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when not driven properly. Being meticulous about safety is a must 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 both creates hazards for you and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Wearing safety equipment — In the event of a collision, safety equipment such as helmets and boots specifically designed for bikers work wonders in avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Following traffic laws — While it may seem fun to stretch your freedom, we all have a responsibility to keep the roads safe. Avoid weaving in between cars, ride at an appropriate speed and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights throughout the day. Investing in a bike and jacket with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are occasionally invisible on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and are affected much more by road hazards such as potholes. Prioritize your safety at all times and do not assume others will see 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. Call a motorcycle crash lawyer in Champaign, 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 Champaign and throughout Illinois. We know all to well the horrible injuries reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. This too shall pass. With the help of Burger Law's Champaign, 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 skilled motorcycle accident lawyer in Champaign, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation.

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