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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Dekalb County, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Dekalb County, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, count on the empathetic, experienced and aggressive personal injury law firm of Burger Law to protect your future and win you the best possible compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have dedicated their careers the vulnerable in Dekalb County and throughout Illinois. Call a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Dekalb County, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can offer a great sense of friendship with others who enjoy the same feelings. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: all of those freedoms can be taken from you 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 hates bullies who think the road belongs to them and resistant insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders responsible. That is why we spend every day filing lawsuits, standing up in trial and demanding a maximum financial recovery for those who sustain damages when they did nothing wrong. You deserve justice, and the Dekalb County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Speak to a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until you get your settlement or verdict check.

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Dekalb County, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of traffic fatalities and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only less than one percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to research from the National Safety Council. In the entire country, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 perished in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle accidents, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were deadly, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Regrettably, the majority of those crashes came when a passenger car or truck collided with a motorcycle when the biker was driving in a straight line, insinuating that the accidents were often due to a car or truck driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Most of the crashes occurred in urban areas, especially on arterial roads.

According to research 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 Friday night and Monday morning.

How Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Dekalb County, IL My Claim?

A tenacious and dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer will fight on your behalf when you need help the most. From our first phone call to our final victory in a settlement or in court, our team will:

  • Investigate your case and ascertain who is at fault

    We have seen just about every auto accident case imaginable, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will obtain every type of evidence we can, including insurance policies, surveillance footage, police reports and more. Then, we will utilize our experience and network of crash experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held accountable.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    Next, we will use our network of medical and financial experts to put a precise dollar amount 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. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be $5,000,000.

  • Stand up to the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to diminish your injuries as much as they can. Our Dekalb County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers do not let them get away with it. Insurance companies in Dekalb 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 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 investigating your accident and communicating with the insurance company without delay and work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Dekalb County, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to find out more about what we can do for you.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Dekalb County, IL?

No two crashes are entirely identical, but data points to some troubling similarities. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

However your accident unfolded, trust in the Dekalb County, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to conduct a full investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your accident.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Dekalb County, IL

As motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other motorists, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have permanent consequences. While just 11.7 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 number increases to almost 40 percent of motorcycle drivers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

Whatever the extent of your or your loved one's injuries, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Dekalb County, IL is here to fight for you and make sure the insurance company cannot minimize the impact of your damages.

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

Most of the people who come to us for help never been in an accident 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 found that over a recent 15 year period, 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 a helmet if you are on a motorcycle. Still, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, Illinois does not require the use of a helmet. 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?

Most likely, no. According to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 civil lawsuits are resolved 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 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 another motorist was looking at their phone, 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?

No one anticipates being injured, and injuries often create unexpected financial hardships. Our Dekalb County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, not 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 genuinely believe in its merits and that we can put a lot more money into your pocket.
  2. We have no reason to give you the run around.

At Burger Law, our Dekalb County, 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 Just End Up Losing Out on Money if I Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Insurance companies want you to believe that it is actually the attorney that cannot be trusted. That is false. While in some cases with mild injuries the insurance company may cover all your damages just to get the claim out of the way, with more severe injuries that affect your life in greater ways, 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 motorcycle accident lawyers also help people get help people get the full medical treatment they need. A second survey reported that over nine in 10 respondents who hired a lawyer made any kind of financial recovery, compared to barely over half of people without a lawyer.

Is Anybody Besides the Other Driver 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 against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty steering systems caused 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 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 near a construction site if they did not securely zone it off.

Different laws apply to making claims against different liable parties, so it is imperative to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who knows 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 Responsible?

With the help of an aggressive attorney, yes. It may be true that you were not faultless in an accident somebody else caused. Illinois is classified 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 you are 20 percent to at fault for your injuries, you would receive $80,000.

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

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Dekalb 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, lost wages, possibly disability and mental anguish as well. You will compensated for two types of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the economic impact of your injuries. That includes all medical bills like medication, chiropractic appointments, braces and more. It also includes any earnings you lost from not being able to perform the tasks of your job for a period because of your injuries. In the worst cases, you may have future economic damages as well. Such as if you were a landscaper who is now confined to a wheelchair, or if you need a wheelchair that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we work with our network of economic experts to how much you need to continue a comfortable lifestyle and pay for those medical expenses.

Economic damages also compensate you for other costs such as having to put your kids in a daycare while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but basically they are intended 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 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 Dekalb County, 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 a variety types of claims, including:

How to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle in Dekalb County, IL

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the freedom they instill. Being meticulous 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 stay safe on a motorcycle. There are also more advanced courses with advanced turning and emergency falls 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.
  • Wearing safety gear — If a crash is unavoidable, protective equipment such as helmets and gloves specifically manufactured for motorcyclists work wonders in preventing injuries.
  • Obeying 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. Avoid weaving in between cars, do not drive too fast and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Staying visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights throughout the day. Having a bike and equipment with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are hard for other drivers to see on the road, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some motorists are even aggressive towards them. 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 Dekalb 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 three decades years of experience, we have beaten large corporations, resistant insurance companies and gotten great results for our clients. We know all to well the devastation negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. These trying times will not last forever. With the help of Burger Law's Dekalb County, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team, you will get the full compensation you need to truly recover and be made whole again. We are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest for a reason: we respect our clients, we fight hard for our clients and we take their cases personally. Call a talented motorcycle accident lawyer in Dekalb County, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.

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