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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Crystal Lake, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Crystal Lake, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, trust in the honest, veteran and dedicated legal advocacy of Burger Law to protect your future and demand full compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have dedicated their careers the vulnerable in Crystal Lake and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists are not given the same respect other vehicles on the Crystal Lake, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can provide a great sense of fellowship with other bikers. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a careless driver causes you to crash. You did nothing to deserve the hospital bills and physical and mental pain that are haunting you right now. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team loathes bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and resistant insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders responsible. That is why we work tirelessly litigating cases, standing up in trial and accepting nothing less than a maximum financial recovery for those injured by someone else's poor decisions. You deserve justice, and the Crystal Lake, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will get it for you. Speak to a qualified attorney immediately at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until we win your claim.

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



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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Crystal Lake and Illinois?

Even though motorcycles make up barely over half a percent of all vehicle miles traveled in the country, they made up four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all fatalities in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to the National Safety Council. Nationwide, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 passed away in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle accidents, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Unfortunately, over half of those happened when a passenger car or truck collided with a motorcycle when the biker was driving in a straight line, which means the accidents were often due to a car or truck driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Most of the crashes occurred in urban areas, especially major city streets.

According to 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.

Almost half of deadly motorcycle wrecks occur in the in the summer when the weather is nicer, and 50 percent occur between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.

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

A persistent and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will be your legal advocate when you need help the most. From the first time we meet to securing you maximum compensation, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

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

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will gather every bit of evidence available, including proof of your damages, dash or helmet cameras, medical reports and more. Then, we will use our experience and consult with accident recreation experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine how much your case is worth

    Next, we will use our network of medical and financial experts to put an exact figure on your injuries, and write the insurance company on your behalf demanding full payment. How much you receive depends on the specifics of your case. Some successful resolutions end up being tens of thousands of dollars, while others can reach the millions.

  • Keep the insurance company honest

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to diminish your injuries to the fullest extent they can. Our Crystal Lake, IL motorcycle accident lawyers do not let them get away with it. Insurance companies in Crystal Lake and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name because they know how tough we are. 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 work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Crystal Lake, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true recovery.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Crystal Lake, IL?

No two crashes are totally alike, but data illuminates some common trends that lead to motorcyclists being put in harm's way when other people break the rules. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

However your accident unfolded, you can be sure the Crystal Lake, 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 Crystal Lake, IL

As motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have lifelong consequences. While just 11.7 percent of people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that include severe lacerations, broken bones, skull or chest injuries and abdominal injuries — that percentage jumps up to over a third of motorcycle drivers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. 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 Crystal Lake, IL is here to fight for you and make sure the insurance company cannot minimize the impact of your damages.

Crystal Lake, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our clients are people who have often never had to hire an attorney before and therefore do not know how a motorcycle accident claim works. 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 reports 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 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 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?

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to court. According to data 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 Maneuver?

In most cases, you can still obtain a recovery even if another driver did not directly hit you. 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 your performed your emergency maneuver because a driver tried to merge into your lane without looking, you you still deserve compensation because you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

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

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and injuries often create sudden financial hardships. Our Crystal Lake, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, instead of an hourly fee. We only get paid once we win your case. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we are sure we can add significant value to it.
  2. We have no reason to give you the run around.

At Burger Law, our Crystal Lake, 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 always try to say that a lawyer will only cost you more money in the end. If your injury only required a quick trip to the emergency room 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 always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to make a full recovery.

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 the contingency fee has been paid. The same study also found that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims over nine in 10 respondents who hired a lawyer got compensation, compared to roughly half of people who did not seek legal representation.

Are There Any Third Parties 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 anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty protective gear played a part in your injuries.
  • A commercial company can be held liable for your injuries if they were caused by bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A local, state or federal government if problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road contributed to your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured near a construction site if important safety measures were not implemented.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a government entity, so it is vital to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with Illinois statutes and who is not afraid to stand up to powerful corporations. For example, there are special restrictions regarding who you can sue in the government and how long you have to sue them.

Can I Still Make a Recovery for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially Responsible?

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 what is known as a "modified comparative fault" state. That means you will only be compensated for the part of accident that liable party is responsible for. 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, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to remember that according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are barred from receiving compensation if you were more than half to blame.

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

You deserve a financial recovery for more than just the fact that your were inconvenienced by an accident. There are also medical cost, consequences for your ability to make a living, 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 any medical costs like emergency room visits, surgeries, assistive devices and more. It also includes any money you lost from not being able to perform the tasks of your job for a period while recovering. In severe cases, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. For example, if you were a warehouse worker who can no longer lift over 20 pounds, or if you need a wheelchair that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we consult with economic experts to how much you need to continue a comfortable lifestyle and pay for those medical expenses.

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

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, 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 have undergone to not being able to enjoy your favorite activities like you used to. If you used to play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Crystal Lake, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will demand that your recovery reflects that.

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

How to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle in Crystal Lake, IL

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when not driven properly. Being judicious about safety is a must 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 use good judgment on a motorcycle. There are also more advanced courses with advanced turning and emergency braking techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather both makes your bike less stable and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Using the right safety equipment — In the event of a collision, safety equipment such as helmets and boots specifically made for bikers is key to not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Obeying traffic laws — While it may be tempting to test your limits, we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others on the road. Avoid weaving in between cars, drive the speed limit 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 no matter what time of day it is. Having a bike and equipment 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 drivers are even aggressive towards them. Pay attention at all times and do not assume that others see you or are looking out for your safety.

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 Crystal Lake, 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 30 years of experience, we have represented hundreds of clients in Crystal Lake and throughout Illinois. We know all to well the horrible injuries reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. You do not have to go through this alone. Burger Law's Crystal Lake, 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 always get great results for our clients. Contact a talented motorcycle accident lawyer in Crystal Lake, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation.

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