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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Erie, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Erie, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, count on the compassionate, accomplished and dedicated legal representation of Burger Law to protect your future and secure you a complete recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for those who need help in Erie and throughout Illinois. Call a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists all but invisible on the Erie, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle offers relieves tension and stress and can offer a great sense of camaraderie with others who enjoy the same feelings. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: that can all come to a screeching 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 hates bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dishonest insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their duty. That is why we are constantly filing lawsuits, trying cases and accepting nothing less than a maximum financial recovery for those injured when they did nothing wrong. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Erie, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will see to it that it is. Speak to a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until you get your settlement or verdict check.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Erie and Illinois?

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 the National Safety Council. In the entire country, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 died in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle collisions, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were deadly, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, the majority 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 because of another driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Most of the crashes occurred in densely populated areas, especially around tolls.

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

Just under 50 percent of deadly motorcycle wrecks occur in the between June and September, and 50 percent occur on the weekends.

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

A prudent and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will do what needs to be done when it seems like everything is going against you. From our first phone call to securing you maximum compensation, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

  • Investigate your claim and ascertain liability

    We have seen just about every auto accident case imaginable, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will gather all the necessary evidence, including how much coverage is available, dash or helmet cameras, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will use our knowledge of accidents and consult with accident recreation experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    Next, 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 be fully compensated. 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.

  • 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 Erie, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Erie and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know we accept nothing but full compensation. 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 investigating your accident and communicating with the insurance company without delay and work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Erie, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true recovery.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Erie, IL?

Every accident is different, but analysis indicates some common trends that lead to motorcyclists being put in harm's way when other people break the rules. Most motorcycle wrecks are the result of:

Whatever caused your collision, trust in the Erie, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to conduct a full investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for injuring you.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Erie, IL

As motorcyclists are are not protected by doors, roofs and airbags, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have lifelong consequences. While just over ten percent of people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that figure goes up 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:

No matter how bad your injuries are, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Erie, IL is here to fight for you and make sure the insurance company cannot minimize the impact of your damages.

Erie, 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. Below are the answers to many of the questions our clients ask us:

Does it Matter if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council approximates that between 2002 and 2017, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. That is hardly surprising, as head injuries are the number one cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

Driving safely saves lives, and that means wearing a helmet if you are on a motorcycle. Still, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that compels motorcycle drivers to wear a helmet. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not liable. While an insurance company may bring it up in an attempt to devalue your claim, an experienced Erie, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will set them straight.

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 decided by a trial verdict. Settlements are usually favorable to both parties, as long as you have a great lawyer on your side.

Can I Still Recover if I Was Injured by an Emergency Maneuver?

If you performed the maneuver because another driver broke the rules of the road, 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 after someone was driving erratically, you you can still hold the other driver liable because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

We know that injuries are always unexpected, and injuries often create sudden financial hardships. Our Erie, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, not an hourly fee. You pay nothing upfront. 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 are confident we can add significant value to it.
  2. We have no reason to give you the run around.

At Burger Law, our Erie, IL motorcycle crash lawyers will only take on your case if it is in your best interest.

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

Insurance companies love telling injured people that an attorney is not in their best interest. 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 more money if you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer.

According to the study "Attorney Involvement in Auto Injury Claims" from the Insurance Research Council, you are likely to get up to 350 percent more for an auto accident with an attorney, even after considering attorneys' fees. The council also determined that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. Another survey concluded that over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney got compensation, compared to roughly half of people without a lawyer.

Are There Any Third Parties Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the specifics of your accident, but it is very possible that after a thorough investigation your motorcycle accident lawyer will conclude that one or more other parties are liable for your injuries:

  • You can make 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 negligence if you were injured in a bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government entity if problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road contributed to your accident.
  • A construction company if you were injured near a construction site if important safety measures were not implemented.

Different laws apply to making claims against different liable parties, so it is crucial to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who is well-versed in Illinois statutes and who understands how to litigate against different entities. 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 to Blame?

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 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 your injuries are worth $100,000 but that you are 20 percent to to blame for your injuries, you would receive $80,000.

It is important to mention that pursuant 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 Erie, IL Motorcycle Accident?

Your injuries affect you in more ways than just physical pain and needing to recover. There are also medical bills, time lost from work, possibly disability and emotional scarring as well. You will compensated for two types of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are the sum total of your financial loss. That includes all medical bills like emergency room visits, physical rehabilitation, crutches 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 severe cases, 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 consult with economic experts to how much you need to continue a comfortable lifestyle and pay for those medical expenses.

Economic damages also provide reimbursement for other costs such as gas costs when driving to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but basically they are intended to compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you feel to not being able to play with your kids like before. If you used to play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Erie, 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:

Erie, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration they instill. Being thorough 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 instill in you how to use good judgment on a motorcycle. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches advanced turning and emergency falls techniques.
  • Planning for the weather — Inclement weather such as rain or snow not only makes your bike harder to control, but affects how well other drivers can see you.
  • Using the right safety gear — If an accident is unavoidable, safety equipment such as helmets and jackets specifically designed for bikers go a long way in avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Following traffic laws — While it is natural to want to stretch your freedom, we all have a responsibility 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 the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Staying visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights no matter what time of day it is. 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 uneven pavement. 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 Erie, 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 have secured our clients in Erie and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We know all to well the devastation negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. These trying times will not last forever. With the help of Burger Law's Erie, 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. Call a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer in Erie, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case review.

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