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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Cook County, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Cook County, IL. If someone was negligent and injured you, count on the empathetic, experienced and dedicated legal representation of Burger Law to protect your future and win you a complete recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the injured in Cook County and throughout Illinois. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists all but invisible on the Cook County, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle provides a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a great sense of fellowship with others who enjoy the same feelings. Unfortunately, that can come at a cost: you can be robbed of that feeling when a negligent 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 despises bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and resistant insurance companies that try to avoid their obligations. That is why we work tirelessly filing lawsuits, trying cases and demanding full compensation for those hurt by someone else's poor decisions. You deserve justice, and the Cook County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until we win your claim.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Cook County and Illinois?

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 the National Safety Council. In the entire country, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 deaths. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle crashes, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were deadly, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over 50 percent of those occurred when the motorcycle was driving straight, insinuating that the accidents were often caused by a car or truck driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Wrecks happen most frequently in metropolitan areas, especially around tolls.

According to research from the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with over 280,000 registered motorcycles, and proportionately was eighth in the country in fatalities in 2017.

Nearly half of fatal motorcycle wrecks occur in the summer months, and 50 percent happen between Friday night and Monday morning.

What Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Cook County, IL Do for

A diligent and talented motorcycle accident lawyer will do what needs to be done when it seems like everything is going against you. From our first phone call to securing you maximum compensation, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and determine liability

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all categories of auto accidents, and know how to determine who is responsible. We will gather all the necessary evidence, including how much coverage is available, dash or helmet cameras, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will rely on our knowledge of accidents and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine how much your case is 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 write the insurance company on your behalf demanding you be paid for all of the compensation you are owed. 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. Some successful resolutions end up being tens of thousands of dollars, while others can reach the millions.

  • Keep the insurance company on their toes

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to minimize your injuries as much as they can. Our Cook County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Cook County and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly 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 investigating your accident and communicating with the insurance company right away and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Cook County, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your journey to true recovery.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Cook County, IL?

Every accident is its own beast, but research illuminates some troubling similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, once you hire us the Cook County, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to carry out a full investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for injuring you.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Cook County, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily hurled from their vehicles, the injuries sustained can often be significant and even result in permanent disability. While just 11.7 percent of 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 figure goes up to over a third of motorcycle riders, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

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

Cook County, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the calls we get are from people who have often never had to hire an attorney before and are not entirely sure the motorcycle accident claim process. Some of the most common questions we get are:

Do I Still Have a Case if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council estimates that between 2002 and 2017, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. That is because head injuries account for 41.4 percent of fatal motorcycle injuries.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers always recommend driving safely, including wearing the right equipment when you are on a motorcycle. Still, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that compels 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 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 decided 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 Recover if I Was Injured by an Emergency Fall?

If you performed the maneuver because another driver broke the rules of the road, yes. 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 after another motorist was looking at their phone, you you still deserve compensation because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and injuries often create sudden financial hardships. That is why our Cook County, 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 benefits for you:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we are sure we can add significant value to it.
  2. You can trust that we are not inflating our earnings with busy work.

At Burger Law, our Cook County, 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 it is true that we may not be able to add much value to your claim, with injuries that require more extensive medical treatment and more time off work, 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, you are likely to get up to 350 percent more for an auto accident with an attorney, even after considering attorneys' fees. The same study also concluded that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. Another survey reported that 91 percent of people with an attorney received a payout, compared to roughly half of people without a lawyer.

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 looking extensively into your case your motorcycle accident lawyer will determine that one or more other parties are liable for your injuries:

  • You can file a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty brakes caused your injuries.
  • A commercial company can owe you compensation for their driver's negligence 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 repair a known road hazard.
  • A construction company if you were injured in a construction site if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable danger.

Different laws apply to making claims against different liable parties, so it is crucial to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with Illinois statutes and who understands how to litigate against different entities. 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?

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 the compensation you receive may be reduced by the portion of blame you share. For example, if a jury 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 liable for your injuries, you would be awarded $80,000.

It is important to note that pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you will not be able to make any sort of recovery if you are responsible for 50 percent of your damages.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Cook County, 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, time lost from work, possibly disability and emotional scarring as well. You will receive a financial recovery 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 prescriptions, physical therapy, crutches 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, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. Such as if you can only safely work 20 hours a week now, or if you need a knee replacement 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 general expenses such as the cost of repairing your motorcycle.

Noneconomic damages are harder to define, but essentially compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you feel to experiencing pain when going up the stairs. If you used to draw as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Cook County, 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 a variety types of cases, including:

Cook County, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the freedom they instill. It is important to never underestimate how dangerous road hazards and other drivers are to you. The best ways to reduce the risk of accident and injury is by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will help you learn 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.
  • Wearing safety gear — In the event of a crash, safety equipment such as helmets and visors specifically made for motorcyclists go a long way in avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Adhering to traffic laws — While it may be tempting to stretch your freedom, we all have a duty to keep the roads safe. Stay in your lane, ride at an appropriate velocity and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights on at all times. Having a bike and gear 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, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and are affected much more by road hazards such as poorly places signs. 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 when Burger Law steps in. Call a motorcycle crash lawyer in Cook County, 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 30 years of experience, we have represented hundreds of clients in Cook County and throughout Illinois. We have seen firsthand the horrible injuries reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. These trying times will not last forever. Burger Law's Cook County, 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 do not back down. Speak directly to a talented motorcycle accident lawyer in Cook County, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case review.

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