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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Franklin Park, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Franklin Park, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, count on the honest, accomplished and dedicated legal advocacy of Burger Law to defend your rights and win you a complete recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the injured in Franklin Park 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 Franklin Park, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle offers a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can provide a great sense of fellowship with other bikers. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a negligent driver fails to see you. 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 stands up to bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dishonest insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders accountable. That is why we have dedicated our lives to litigating cases, convincing jury members and demanding full compensation for those injured when they did nothing wrong. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Franklin Park, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney immediately at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until we win your claim.

If you were injured through no fault of your own, find out the value of your claim by using our free personal injury calculator.



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Franklin Park, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Despite the fact that motorcycles account for barely over half a percent of total vehicle miles traveled in the United States, they accounted for four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of total deaths in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to data from the National Safety Council. In the entire country, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 fatalities. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle accidents, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Unfortunately, over half of those occurred when the motorcycle was driving straight, insinuating that the accidents were often caused by a car or truck driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Most of the crashes occurred in metropolitan 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 on the weekends.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Franklin Park, IL

A diligent and talented motorcycle accident lawyer will do what needs to be done when it seems like everything is going against you. From the first time we meet to the day you receive your payment, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

  • Investigate your claim and determine who is at fault

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all types of auto accidents, and know how to determine who is responsible. We will gather every type of evidence we can, including insurance policies, pictures, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will utilize our familiarity with the law and liability and consult with accident recreation experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine how much your case is worth

    Next, we will consult with physicians and financial experts to put a precise dollar amount on your injuries, and write a settlement letter demanding that you receive all of it. 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.

  • Keep the insurance company on their toes

    An insurance adjuster's number one goal is to devalue your injuries as much as they can. Our Franklin Park, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure they understand that we will not let them take advantage of you. Insurance companies in Franklin Park 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 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 working on your case without delay and work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Franklin Park, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your journey to true healing.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Franklin Park, IL?

No two crashes are totally alike, but research points to some troubling similarities. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

Whatever caused your collision, once you hire us the Franklin Park, 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 Franklin Park, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily launched from their vehicles, the injuries sustained can often be grave and sometimes cause permanent disability. While just one in ten 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 percentage jumps up to over a third 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 Franklin Park, IL motorcycle accident lawyers have recovered compensation for people with minor whiplash injuries as well as permanent disabilities like paralysis.

Franklin Park, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our clients are people who have often never had to go through a claims process and are not entirely sure the motorcycle accident claim process. Below are the answers to many of the questions people ask us:

Can I Still Get Compensation if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council estimates that between 2002 and 2017, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. 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 appropriate safety gear when riding a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that compels motorcycle riders to wear 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 data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of tort claims are decided by a trial verdict. 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 Fall?

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 your performed your emergency maneuver because someone was driving erratically, you could still pursue a claim because you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

We know that injuries are always unexpected, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to deal with being injured because somebody else broke the rules. That is why our Franklin Park, IL motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means we take a percentage of your final compensation as our fees. You pay nothing upfront. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we truly believe in its merits and that we can put a lot more money into your pocket.
  2. You will not receive any empty promises.

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

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Can I Really Get More Money With a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Insurance companies love telling injured people that an attorney is not in their best interest. If your injury only required a quick trip to the emergency room you can usually get a fair settlement without an attorney, with injuries that require more extensive medical treatment and more time off work, you will almost always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to fight for you and demand justice.

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 the contingency fee has been paid. The same study also determined that motorcycle accident lawyers are integral in getting the full medical treatment they need to recover. According to respondents in a different survey over nine in 10 respondents who hired a lawyer got compensation, compared to barely over half of people without an attorney.

Are There Any Third Parties Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on things such as road conditions, if the driver was driving in relation to their job and motorcycle or car parts, but it is very possible that after looking extensively into your case your motorcycle accident lawyer will determine that there are other parties you can make a claim against:

  • You can make a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty protective gear contributed to your injuries.
  • A business can be held liable for your injuries if they were caused by bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A local, state or federal government if a road hazard or poorly designed road contributed to your accident.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction site if they did not securely zone it off.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a manufacturer, so it is imperative to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who is well-versed in Illinois statutes and who has won all of these types of cases before. 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 Responsible?

Yes. While somebody else may have caused the accident, a poor decision on your part may mean that you are partially responsible for your injuries. Illinois is classified 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 based on how much responsibility you bear. For example, if a jury 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, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to remember that pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are barred from receiving compensation if the accident was more than 50 percent your fault.

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

You deserve a financial recovery for more than just the fact that your were inconvenienced by an accident. There are also hospital expenses, consequences for your ability to make a living, possibly disability and mental pain as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is divided into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are the sum total of your financial loss. That includes any medical treatments like emergency room visits, surgeries, assistive devices and more. If you could not work while recovering, you will be compensated for that as well. In the most awful situations, you may have future economic damages as well. For example, if you were a landscaper who is now confined to a wheelchair, 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 cover general expenses such as having to put your kids in a daycare while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, 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 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 Franklin Park, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure you are compensated for that.

Our motorcycle crash and personal injury lawyers take on numerous types of claims, including:

Franklin Park, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the freedom they instill. Being judicious 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 how to stay safe 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 decreases how visible you are to other drivers.
  • Using the right safety gear — In the event of a crash, protective equipment such as helmets and jackets specifically designed for bikers is key to preventing injuries.
  • Adhering to traffic laws — While it is natural to want to wave in between cars, the rules are in place for a reason. Stay in your lane, drive the speed limit and make sure you are following the regulations set out in 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Staying visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights throughout the day. Investing in a bike and equipment with visibility stripes helps other drivers be aware to your presence.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are occasionally invisible on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and are affected much more by road hazards such as potholes. Pay attention at all times and do not assume others will see you.

Of course, you can still become injured through no fault of your own. That is what we are here for. Call a motorcycle crash lawyer in Franklin Park, 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 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 other people can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. This too shall pass. With the help of Burger Law's Franklin Park, 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 fight until there is nothing left to fight. Contact a veteran motorcycle accident lawyer in Franklin Park, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case review.

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