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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Dakota, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Dakota, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, believe in the ethical, accomplished and committed personal injury law firm of Burger Law to stand by your side and win you full compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for those who need help in Dakota and throughout Illinois. Call our office now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists all but invisible on the Dakota, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle offers a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can offer a great sense of camaraderie with other bikers. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: that can all come to a screeching halt when a careless 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 abhors bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and dishonest insurance companies that try to avoid their duty. That is why we have dedicated our lives to litigating cases, standing up in trial and demanding full compensation for those injured by someone else's poor decisions. This injustice needs to be undone, and the Dakota, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Call us immediately at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until you receive the compensation you are owed.

If another person broke the rules and injured you, find out the value of your claim by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.



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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Dakota and Illinois?

Even though motorcycles account for less than one percent of total vehicle miles traveled nationwide, they accounted for four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all fatalities in traffic-related accidents in 2020, 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, of 3,077 motorcycle wrecks, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Unfortunately, the majority of those happened when the motorcycle was driving straight, which means the accidents were often due to another driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Most of the crashes occurred in metropolitan areas, especially around tolls.

According to data from the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with over 280,000 registered motorcycles, and fittingly was eighth in the country in deaths in 2017.

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.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Dakota, IL

A prudent and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will be your rock when you need help the most. From initial consultation to our final victory in a settlement or in court, we will:

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

    We have seen just about every auto accident case imaginable, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will acquire all the necessary evidence, including how much coverage is available, pictures, medical reports and more. Then, we will utilize our experience and network of crash experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine the value of your claim

    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 immediately inform the insurance company that you expect to make a recovery for the entirety of your damages. How much you are owed depends on a variety of factors. 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 devalue your injuries to the fullest extent they believe that are able to. Our Dakota, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Dakota and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name because they know that partial compensation is unacceptable to us. 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 working on your claim immediately and work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Discuss the details of your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Dakota, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to learn more about the tremendous care and attention we offer our clients.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Dakota, IL?

Every accident is its own beast, but data points to some troubling similarities. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

Whatever caused your collision, once you hire us the Dakota, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to perform a full investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for not respecting your right to ride safely.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Dakota, IL

As motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, the injuries sustained can often be significant and sometimes result in permanent disability. While just over ten percent of people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that include severe lacerations, broken limbs, skull or chest injuries and abdominal injuries — that percentage increases to over a third of motorcycle drivers and passengers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

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

Dakota, 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 how a motorcycle accident claim works. Below are the answers to many of the questions people ask us:

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

The National Safety Council estimates that over the course of 15 years in the early 2000s, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. That is because head injuries account for 41.4 percent of fatal motorcycle injuries.

Persuading people to drive safely is an important part of what we do, and that means wearing appropriate safety gear when riding a motorcycle. Still, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, it is not illegal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet in Illinois. 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 Dakota, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will set them straight.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

That is incredibly unlikely. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of tort claims are decided by a jury. 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?

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 after a driver did not see you when turning left, you could still pursue a claim because their negligence caused your injuries.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

We know that injuries are always unexpected, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to deal with being injured because somebody else broke the rules. Our Dakota, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, instead of 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 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 Dakota, 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 try to say that a lawyer will only take money out of your pocket in the end. If your injury only required a quick trip to the emergency room 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 more money 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 same study also concluded that motorcycle accident lawyers are integral in getting the full medical treatment they need to recover. According to respondents in a different survey 91 percent of people 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 specifics of your accident, but motorcycle accident lawyers often reveal other liable parties:

  • You can file a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty steering systems played a part in your injuries.
  • A business can owe you compensation for your injuries if they were caused by bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government entity 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 in a construction zone if important safety measures were not implemented.

Different laws apply to making claims against different liable parties, so it is imperative 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 Recover Compensation for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially Responsible?

With the help of a talented attorney, yes. Accidents usually happen at high speeds and are the product of quick decisions or indecision. As a result, it is possible to contribute to an accident without it entirely being your fault. 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 depending on how much you contributed to it. For example, if a mediator determines you are owed $100,000 in damages but that the other driver is only 80 percent liable for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to note that under 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if you are responsible for 50 percent of your damages.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Dakota, 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 hospital bills, time lost from work, possibly disfigurement and mental anguish as well. Compensation in personal injury claims falls into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the financial impact of your injuries. That includes all medical expenses like prescriptions, physical rehabilitation, braces and more. If you could not fulfill the normal tasks of your job while recovering, you will be compensated for that as well. In the worst cases, you may have future economic damages as well. For example, if you were a potential professional athlete who now has a career-ending injury, 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 out-of-pocket expenses such as Ubers or bus fare to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but basically they are meant to compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. 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 Dakota, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure you are compensated for that.

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

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Dakota, IL

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 underestimate how dangerous road hazards and other drivers are to you. You can keep you and others as safe as possible 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 maneuver techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather such as rain or snow not only makes your bike harder to control, but decreases how visible you are to other drivers.
  • Not forgetting about safety equipment — If a crash is unavoidable, protective equipment such as helmets and gloves specifically made for bikers work wonders in avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Following the rules of the road — While it is natural to want to stretch your freedom, the rules are meant to keep everyone safe, including you. Pay close attention to your surroundings, drive the speed limit and make sure your bike is compliant with other regulations set out in the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Staying visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights on at all times. Investing in a bike and clothing with visibility stripes goes a long way in helping others see you too.
  • 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 uneven pavement. Keep an eye out 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. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Dakota, 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 beaten large corporations, resistant insurance companies and gotten great results for our clients. We have seen firsthand the damage negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. This too shall pass. With the help of Burger Law's Dakota, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team, you will get the full compensation you need to truly recover and be made whole again. It is not for nothing that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we fight until there is nothing left to fight. Speak directly to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Dakota, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary consultation.

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