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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Decatur, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Decatur, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, trust in the ethical, accomplished and committed legal representation of Burger Law to stand by your side and demand a complete recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the vulnerable in Decatur and throughout Illinois. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

No one can deny that motorcyclists all but invisible on the Decatur, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle offers a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a great sense of fellowship with others who enjoy the same freedoms. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: that can all come to a crashing halt when a negligent 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 despises bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dishonest insurance companies that try to avoid their duty. That is why we have dedicated our lives to investigating claims, trying cases and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those injured by someone else's poor decisions. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Decatur, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will see to it that it is. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until you get your settlement or verdict check.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Decatur and Illinois?

Even though motorcycles make up less than one percent of total vehicle miles traveled in the country, they accounted for four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all deaths in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to data from the National Safety Council. Nationwide, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 deaths. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle crashes which caused 2,404 injuries and 152 deaths, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over 50 percent of those happened when the motorcycle was going straight ahead, which leads us to believe that the accidents were often because of another driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Crashes are most common in metropolitan 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.

Just under 50 percent of deadly motorcycle accidents occur in the between June and September, and half happen between Friday night and Monday morning.

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

A diligent and talented motorcycle accident lawyer will be your rock when it seems like everything is going against you. From initial consultation to our final victory in a settlement or in court, we will:

  • Investigate your claim and determine liability

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine fault. We will obtain all the necessary evidence, including insurance policies, pictures, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will rely on our familiarity with the law and liability and network of crash experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held responsible.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    Then, we will use our network of medical and economic experts to put an exact dollar amount on your injuries, 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. We have settled auto crash cases for anything from $20,000 to $5,000,000.

  • Play hardball with the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to diminish your injuries as much as they believe that are able to. Our Decatur, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Decatur and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know that partial compensation is unacceptable to us. 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 case without delay and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Decatur, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to find out more about the tremendous care and attention we offer our clients.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Decatur, IL?

Every accident is different, but data paints a stark picture of concerning similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

Whatever caused your collision, you can be sure the Decatur, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will conduct a thorough investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for injuring you.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Decatur, IL

As motorcyclists are are not protected by doors, roofs and airbags, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just 11.7 percent of Illinois passenger 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 almost 40 percent of motorcycle drivers and passengers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

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

Decatur, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never had to hire an attorney before and therefore do not know what to expect in a motorcycle accident claim. Below are the answers to many of the questions our clients ask us:

Can I Still Get Compensation 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 hardly surprising, as 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 a helmet if you are on a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, it is not illegal to drive a motorcycle without a helmet in Illinois. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not to blame. While defense lawyer may bring it up in an attempt to devalue your claim, an experienced Decatur, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will not let them get away with it.

Will I Have to Go to Court to Get Compensation for My Motorcycle Injuries?

That is incredibly unlikely. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 civil lawsuits are resolved by a jury. With a strong attorney on your side, the insurance company will not want to go into a lengthy trial they are likely to lose.

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 you had no choice but to try an emergency maneuver because someone was driving erratically, you could still pursue a claim because their negligence caused your injuries.

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 Decatur, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, not an hourly fee. You pay nothing upfront. 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 believe your damages are worth much more than what the insurance company is currently offering.
  2. You can trust that we are not inflating our earnings with busy work.

At Burger Law, our Decatur, 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 love telling injured people that an attorney is not in their best interest. While in some cases with mild injuries 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 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 considering attorneys' fees. The same research also concluded 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 only 51 percent of people who did not seek legal representation.

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 file a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty frames contributed to your injuries.
  • A business 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 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 near 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 who is well-versed in 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 Recover Compensation for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially to Blame?

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 referred to 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 mediator determines your economic and noneconomic damages add up to $100,000 but that the other driver is only 80 percent to blame for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to mention that under 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you will not be able to make any sort of recovery if you were more than 50 percent to blame.

What Compensation Can I Receive for My Decatur, 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 expenses, consequences for your ability to make a living, possibly disfigurement and mental tribulations as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is largely broken down into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the financial impact of your injuries. That includes any medical costs like follow up doctors' appointments, chiropractic appointments, braces and more. If you could not work while recovering, you will get that money back as well. In severe cases, you may have future economic damages 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 adjust for inflation and rising costs of medical care.

Economic damages also compensate you for other costs such as the cost of repairing your motorcycle.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but essentially 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 used to play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Decatur, 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 claims, including:

Decatur, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

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. The best ways to reduce the risk of accident and injury is by:

  • 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 maneuver techniques.
  • Planning for the weather — 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 — In the event of a collision, safety gear such as helmets and visors specifically designed for motorcyclists is key to avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Obeying traffic laws — While it is natural to want to wave in between cars, 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'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 throughout the day. Investing in 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, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some people are even aggressive towards them. Keep an eye out 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 what we are here for. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in Decatur, 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 have secured our clients in Decatur and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We know all to well the devastation other people can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. These trying times will not last forever. Burger Law's Decatur, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will balance the scales of justice and deliver a full financial recovery. It is not for nothing that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we always get great results for our clients. Call a knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer in Decatur, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation.

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