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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Danforth, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Danforth, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, trust in the empathetic, accomplished and committed legal advocacy of Burger Law to defend your rights and secure you maximum compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have dedicated their careers those who need help in Danforth and throughout Illinois. Call our office now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists all but invisible on the Danforth, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can offer a close sense of brotherhood with others who enjoy the same freedoms. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a thoughtless driver fails to see 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 dubious insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders accountable. That is why we are constantly investigating claims, convincing jury members and demanding full compensation for those injured by someone else's failures. You deserve justice, and the Danforth, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will get it for you. Call us today 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 Danforth and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of traffic deaths and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only barely over half a 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 fatalities. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle crashes which caused 2,404 injuries and 152 fatalities, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over 50 percent of those occurred 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 caused by a car or truck driver was not looking out for bikers. Wrecks happen most frequently in metropolitan areas, especially major city streets.

According to data from the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the nation in terms of both registered motorcycles and motorcycle crash fatalities.

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.

What Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Danforth, IL Do for

A persistent and talented motorcycle accident lawyer will do what needs to be done when no one else will. From initial consultation to the day you receive your payment, our 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 acquire all the necessary evidence, including insurance policies, pictures, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will utilize our knowledge of accidents and network of crash experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    Next, we will consult with physicians and economic experts to put a precise figure on your injuries, and write a settlement letter demanding that you receive all of it. 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. We have settled auto crash cases for anything from $20,000 to $5,000,000.

  • Keep the insurance company honest

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to minimize your claim as much as they can. Our Danforth, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Danforth and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly because they know that partial compensation is unacceptable to us. 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 working on your claim right away and work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Danforth, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to find out more about what we can do for you.

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

Every accident is different, but evaluation of available data indicates some troubling similarities. Most motorcycle wrecks are the result of:

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, you can be sure the Danforth, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will carry out a full investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for injuring you.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Danforth, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily launched from their vehicles, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have lifelong consequences. While just one in ten 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 number increases to almost 40 percent of motorcycle riders, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

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

Danforth, 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 naturally have questions about 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 over the course of 15 years in the early 2000s, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. That is because head injuries are the most common fatal injury in motorcycle crashes.

Persuading people to drive safely is an important part of what we do, and that means wearing the right equipment when you are on a motorcycle. However, 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. 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 a report 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 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 caused the accident that injured you. So if your performed your emergency maneuver after a driver did not see you when turning left, you could still pursue a claim 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?

We know that injuries are always unexpected, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to make an injury claim. That is why our Danforth, 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 advantages for you:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we truly believe in its merits and that we can put a lot more money into your pocket.
  2. You will not receive any empty promises.

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

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Will I Just End Up Losing Out on Money if I Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Insurance companies always claim that a lawyer will only cost you more money in the end. 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 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 a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney got compensation, compared to only 51 percent of people without an attorney.

Is Anybody Besides the Other Driver Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on things such as road conditions, if the driver was operating a vehicle in the course of their employment and motorcycle or car parts, but motorcycle accident lawyers often uncover 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 frames played a part in 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 agency if problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road contributed to your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction site if important safety measures were not implemented.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a manufacturer, so it is essential to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who is well-versed in Illinois statutes and who is not afraid to stand up to powerful corporations. 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 at Fault?

With the help of a talented 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 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 your injuries are worth $100,000 but that the other driver is only 80 percent at fault for your injuries, you would be awarded $80,000.

It is important to note that according 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 Danforth, 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 expenses, lost wages, possibly disability and mental pain as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is divided into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are the sum total of your financial loss. That includes all medical expenses like medication, surgeries, assistive devices and more. It also includes any wages you lost from not being able to work for a period while recovering. In severe 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 other costs such as the cost of fixing your motorcycle.

Noneconomic damages are harder to define, but basically they are intended to compensate you for how your life has been affected in non-financial ways. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you feel to not being able to enjoy your favorite activities like you used to. If you enjoyed biking on the weekends but now your knee clicks, Burger Law's Danforth, 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 a variety types of claims, including:

How to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle in Danforth, IL

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when not driven properly. 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 get you familiar with 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.
  • 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 gear — In the event of a collision, protective gear such as helmets and visors specifically made for bikers work wonders in preventing injuries.
  • Following the rules of the road — While it is natural to want to stretch your freedom, we all have an obligation to keep the roads safe. Stay in your lane, drive the speed limit and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights throughout the day. Having a bike and gear with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are often unseen on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and more susceptible to road hazards such as potholes. Prioritize your safety 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 when Burger Law steps in. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Danforth, 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 three decades years of experience, we have have secured our clients in Danforth and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We know all to well the horrible injuries other people can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. This too shall pass. Burger Law's Danforth, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will balance the scales of justice and deliver a full financial recovery. We are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest for a reason: we fight until there is nothing left to fight. Speak directly to a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer in Danforth, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.

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