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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Elgin, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Elgin, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, count on the principled, veteran and committed legal representation of Burger Law to stand by your side and secure you the best possible compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for those who need help in Elgin and throughout Illinois. Call our office now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

No one can deny that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Elgin, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides relieves tension and stress and can provide a close sense of companionship with others who enjoy the same feelings. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: you can be robbed of that feeling when a careless driver causes you to crash. You should not have to pay for what somebody else did. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team despises bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and dishonest insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders accountable. That is why we work tirelessly investigating claims, convincing jury members and demanding full compensation for those harmed by someone else's poor decisions. This injustice needs to be undone, and the Elgin, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney now at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until you get your settlement or verdict check.

If another person broke the rules and injured you, find out how much your claim may be worth by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.



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Elgin, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle deaths and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only barely over half a percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to research from the National Safety Council. In the United States, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 passed away in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle collisions, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over half of those occurred when a passenger car or truck collided with a motorcycle when the biker was driving in a straight line, which leads us to believe that the accidents were often caused by a car or truck driver was not looking out for bikers. Most of the crashes occurred in metropolitan areas, especially on arterial roads.

According to 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 on the weekends.

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

A diligent and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will be your rock when you need help the most. From our first phone call to securing you maximum compensation, our team will:

  • Investigate your accident and ascertain liability

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all categories of auto accidents, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will obtain all the necessary evidence, including insurance policies, surveillance footage, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will rely on our familiarity with the law and liability and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    Then, we will use our network of doctors and economists to put a precise figure on your injuries, and write the insurance company on your behalf informing them that we will settle for nothing less than the maximum compensation. 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.

  • Stand up to the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's number one goal is to minimize your claim as much as they can. Our Elgin, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Elgin and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know how tough we are. 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 immediately and do not stop until you are awarded the best possible recovery. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Elgin, 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 Elgin, IL?

No two crashes are totally alike, but research reveals some common trends that lead to motorcyclists being put in harm's way on the road. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

Whatever caused your collision, once you hire us the Elgin, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to perform an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Elgin, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily hurled from their vehicles, the injuries sustained can often be grave and even lead to permanent disability. While just 11.7 percent of Illinois passenger car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that include severe lacerations, broken bones, skull or chest injuries and abdominal injuries — that number goes up to 36 percent of motorcycle drivers and passengers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

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

Elgin, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never had to go through a claims process and naturally have questions about the motorcycle accident claim process. 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 a recent 15 year period, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. Indeed, head injuries are the number one cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers always recommend driving safely, including wearing appropriate safety gear when riding 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 to blame. While an insurance company may bring it up in an attempt to devalue your claim, an experienced Elgin, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will tell them that they know that is nonsense.

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

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to court. According to research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 civil lawsuits 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 Get Compensation if I Was Injured by an Emergency Maneuver?

If you performed the maneuver because of another driver's negligence, yes. 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 were injured because you were forced into an emergency maneuver because another motorist was looking at their phone, you you still deserve compensation because you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

No one anticipates being injured, and injuries often create sudden financial hardships. That is why our Elgin, IL motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means we take a percentage of your final compensation as our fees. We only get paid once we win your case. Beyond easier access to quality legal representation, there are two other benefits for you:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we genuinely believe in its merits and that we can add significant value to it.
  2. We will always be straight with you.

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

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Will I Pay a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer More Money Than It Is Worth?

Insurance companies want you to believe that it is actually the attorney that cannot be trusted. That is false. 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 more severe injuries that have higher damages, 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 same study also determined that motorcycle accident lawyers connect people to the full medical treatment they need to recover. A second survey found that over nine in 10 respondents who hired a lawyer made any kind of financial recovery, compared to only 51 percent of people who did not seek legal representation.

Is Anybody Besides the Other Driver 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 make a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle manufacturer if a defective product such as faulty brakes contributed to your injuries.
  • A commercial company can be responsible for their driver's negligence if you were injured in a 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 repair a known road hazard.
  • A construction company if you were injured in a construction zone if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable risk harm.

The claims and lawsuit process can vary greatly when it involves different types of defendants, so it is imperative to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who knows 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. 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 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 you need $100,000 to reimburse you for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering but that the other driver is only 80 percent to blame for your injuries, you would be awarded $80,000.

It is important to mention that pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if you were more than 50 percent to blame.

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

Your injuries affect you in more ways than just physical pain and needing to recover. There are also medical expenses, consequences for your ability to make a living, possibly disability 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 all medical treatments like emergency room visits, physical rehabilitation, assistive devices and more. It also includes any wages you lost from not being able to perform the tasks of your job for a period because of your injuries. In the most awful situations, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. For example, if you were a landscaper who is now confined to a wheelchair, or if you need assistive devices that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we work with our network of economic experts to adjust for inflation and rising costs of medical care.

Economic damages also cover out-of-pocket expenses such as having to put your kids in a daycare while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, 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 have experienced to experiencing pain when going up the stairs. If you used to play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Elgin, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure the insurance adjuster or jury understands just how big of an impact your injuries have had.

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 Elgin, IL

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when not driven properly. Being thorough about safety is a must on a motorcycle. Some important steps to take to stay safe include:

  • 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 falls techniques.
  • Planning for the weather — Inclement weather both results in slippery roads and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Using the right safety equipment — In the event of a crash, safety gear such as helmets and visors specifically designed for bikers is key to not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Adhering to traffic laws — While it may be tempting to stretch your freedom, we all have an obligation to keep the roads safe. Pay close attention to your surroundings, 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. Investing in a bike and jacket 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 drivers are even aggressive towards them. Keep an eye out at all times and do not assume that others see you or are looking out for your safety.

Of course, do everything right and still pay the price when someone else breaks the rules of the road. That is what we are here for. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in Elgin, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get maximum compensation.

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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Chicago, Illinois | Burger Law

In our three decades years of experience, we have represented hundreds of clients in Elgin and throughout Illinois. We know all to well the damage other people can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. These trying times will not last forever. With the help of Burger Law's Elgin, 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 respect our clients, we fight hard for our clients and we take their cases personally. Contact a tenacious motorcycle accident lawyer in Elgin, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case review.

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