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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Frankfort, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Frankfort, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, rely on the honest, accomplished and aggressive legal advocacy of Burger Law to protect your future and demand the best possible compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the injured in Frankfort and throughout Illinois. Call a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Frankfort, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle offers a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can offer a close sense of companionship with other bikers. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: that can all come to a screeching halt when a thoughtless driver does not respect your safety and injures you. You did not ask to be in this situation, but now you are forced to find some manner of recovery. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team cannot stand bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and resistant insurance companies that try to avoid their responsibility. That is why we spend every day investigating claims, standing up in trial and accepting nothing less than a maximum financial recovery for those hurt when they did nothing wrong. You deserve justice, and the Frankfort, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Speak to a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until we win your claim.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Frankfort and Illinois?

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 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 accidents, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over 50 percent of those occurred when the motorcycle was going in a straight line, insinuating that the accidents were often caused by another driver was not looking out for bikers. Most of the crashes occurred in densely populated areas, especially major city streets.

According to data from the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with 280,322 registered motorcycles, and proportionately was eighth in the country in fatalities in 2017.

Just under 50 percent of deadly motorcycle accidents occur in the in the summer when the weather is nicer, and 50 percent occur on the weekends.

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

A prudent and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will be your rock when it seems like everything is going against you. From initial consultation to securing you maximum compensation, we will:

  • Investigate your claim and ascertain which parties are liable for your damages

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine who is responsible. We will obtain every bit of evidence available, including insurance policies, surveillance footage, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will use our familiarity with the law and liability and network of crash experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine how much your injuries are worth

    Next, we will put a precise dollar amount on all of your medical expenses, lost wages and the way your injuries have emotionally and physically harmed you, and send a settlement letter to the insurance company demanding that you receive all of it. How much you are owed depends on the specifics of your case. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be $5,000,000.

  • Fight back against the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's number one goal is to minimize your claim to the fullest extent they can. Our Frankfort, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Frankfort and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name 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 investigating your accident and communicating with the insurance company immediately and do not back down until you get the full compensation you deserve. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Frankfort, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your journey to true healing.

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

Every accident is different, but evaluation of available data points to some common scenarios that lead to motorcyclists being put in harm's way on the road. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, once you hire us the Frankfort, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to conduct a thorough investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Frankfort, IL

As motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have lifelong consequences. While just over ten percent of Illinois car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that number goes up to over a third of motorcycle drivers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

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

Frankfort, 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 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 over the course of 15 years in the early 2000s, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. That is because 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. 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 try to blame your injuries on your decision not to wear a helmet, an experienced Frankfort, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will set them straight.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to trial. According to data 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?

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 you were injured because you were forced into an emergency maneuver after another motorist was looking at their phone, you you can still hold the other driver accountable because their negligence caused your injuries.

Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

We know that injuries are always unexpected, and the economic burden of medical bills and lost wages is often immediately severe. Our Frankfort, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, not an hourly fee. We only get paid once you are fairly compensated. 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 sure 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 Frankfort, 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 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 always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to make a full recovery.

According to a paper called "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 the contingency fee has been paid. The same study also determined that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. According to respondents in a different survey 91 percent of people with an attorney made any kind of financial recovery, compared to barely over half of people without an attorney.

Are There Any Third Parties Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the circumstances surrounding your crash, but it is very possible that after a thorough investigation your motorcycle accident lawyer will determine that there are other parties you can make a claim against:

  • You can make a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle manufacturer if a defective product such as faulty handlebars played a part in 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 fix a known road hazard.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction zone if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable risk harm.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a business, so it is vital 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 Recover Compensation for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially to Blame?

Yes. It may be true that you were not faultless in an accident somebody else caused. Illinois is referred to as 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 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 at fault for your injuries, you would receive $80,000.

It is important to remember that pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you will not be able to make any sort of recovery if the accident was more than 50 percent your fault.

What Compensation Can I Recover for My Frankfort, 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 disability and emotional pain as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is divided into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the economic impact of your injuries. That includes any medical bills like medication, physical rehabilitation, assistive devices and more. If you could not work while recovering, you will get that money back as well. In the most awful situations, your finances may be impacted in the future 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 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 out-of-pocket expenses such as having to put your kids in a daycare while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but basically they are meant to compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you have undergone to having difficulty sleeping. If you enjoyed biking on the weekends but now your knee clicks, Burger Law's Frankfort, 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:

How to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle in Frankfort, 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. The best ways to reduce the risk of accident and injury is by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will help you learn how to use good judgment on a motorcycle. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches advanced turning and emergency maneuver techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather both makes your bike less stable and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Wearing safety gear — If a crash is unavoidable, safety gear such as helmets and boots specifically manufactured for motorcyclists is key to not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it may seem fun to test your limits, we all have a responsibility to keep the roads safe. Stay in your lane, do not drive too fast and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Staying visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights no matter what time of day it is. Investing in a bike and clothing with visibility stripes goes a long way in helping others see you too.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are often unseen 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 others will be respectful.

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. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in Frankfort, 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 Frankfort and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We have seen firsthand the horrible injuries other people can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. This too shall pass. Burger Law's Frankfort, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will not let someone get away with hurting you. It is not an accident that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we fight until there is nothing left to fight. Contact a talented motorcycle accident lawyer in Frankfort, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary consultation.

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