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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Geneva, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Geneva, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, believe in the honest, experienced and dedicated legal advocacy of Burger Law to defend your rights and win you the best possible compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the vulnerable in Geneva and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Geneva, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle offers a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a close sense of camaraderie with others who enjoy the same freedoms. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: you can be robbed of that feeling when a negligent driver causes you to crash. You did not ask to be in this situation, but now you are forced to deal with it. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team loathes bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dubious insurance companies that try to avoid their duty. That is why we work tirelessly filing lawsuits, standing up in trial and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those harmed through no fault of their own. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Geneva, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will see to it that it is. Speak to a qualified attorney now 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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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Geneva 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 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 deaths. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle crashes which caused 2,404 injuries and 152 fatalities, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Unfortunately, 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, which leads us to believe that the accidents were often caused by another driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Crashes are most common in urban areas, especially on arterial roads.

According to the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with close to 300,000 registered motorcycles, and fittingly was eighth in the country in deaths in 2017.

Just under half of fatal motorcycle accidents occur in the in the summer when the weather is nicer, and half happen between Friday night and Monday morning.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Geneva, IL

A tenacious and dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer will stand by your side when it seems like everything is going against you. From the first time we meet to the day you receive your payment, our team will:

  • Investigate your case and ascertain liability

    We have seen just about every auto accident case imaginable, and know how to determine who is responsible. We will obtain every bit of evidence available, including insurance policies, dash or helmet cameras, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will utilize our experience and network of crash experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    Then, we will use our network of physicians 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.

  • Stand up to the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Geneva, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Geneva 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 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 do not stop until you get the full compensation you deserve. Discuss the details of your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Geneva, 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 Geneva, IL?

Every accident is its own beast, but evaluation of historical data shows some concerning similarities. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

Whatever caused your collision, you can be sure the Geneva, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will perform an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your accident.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Geneva, IL

As motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just one in ten people injured in car accidents 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 number jumps up to over a third of motorcycle riders, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

No matter how bad your injuries are, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Geneva, IL will see to it that you receive compensation for them.

Geneva, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for legal representation never had to hire an attorney before and therefore do not know the motorcycle accident claim process. Below are the answers to many of the questions people ask us:

Does it Matter if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

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

Driving safely saves lives, and that means wearing the right equipment when you are on a motorcycle. However, 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 My Case Go to Trial?

That is incredibly unlikely. According to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 tort claims are resolved 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. 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 can still hold the other driver responsible because their negligence caused your injuries.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

We know that injuries are always unexpected, and injuries often create sudden financial hardships. That is why our Geneva, 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. Beyond easier access to quality legal representation, there are two other advantages for you:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we are confident we can put a lot more money into your pocket.
  2. We will always be straight with you.

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

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Can I Really Get More Money With 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 you can usually get a fair settlement on your own, with injuries that require more extensive medical treatment and more time off work, you will almost always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to keep the insurance company honest.

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 found that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney made any kind of financial recovery, compared to only 51 percent of people without an attorney.

What Other Parties Can I Hold 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 conclude 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 tires caused your injuries.
  • A business can be held liable for their driver's negligence if you were injured in a bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government agency 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 important safety measures were not implemented.

Different laws apply to making claims against different liable parties, so it is vital to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with 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 at Fault?

With the help of a seasoned 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 what is known 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 fact-finder 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, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to note that according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you will not be able to make any sort of recovery if you are responsible for half of your damages.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Geneva, 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 bills, consequences for your ability to make a living, possibly disability and mental anguish as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is divided into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are all the money you either spent or lost because of your injuries. That includes any medical treatments like medication, physical therapy, 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 consult with economic experts to determine what those costs will be in the future.

Economic damages also provide reimbursement for other costs such as having to hire a nanny to take care of your kids while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but essentially 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 enjoyed biking on the weekends but now your knee clicks, Burger Law's Geneva, 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 a variety types of cases, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Geneva, IL

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the freedom they instill. Being judicious 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 the rules of the road for motorcyclists. 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.
  • Using the right safety equipment — If a crash is unavoidable, safety equipment such as helmets and visors specifically designed for bikers go a long way in not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Following the rules of the road — While it may seem fun to wave in between cars, the rules are in place for a reason. Avoid weaving in between cars, do not drive too fast and make sure your bike is compliant with other regulations set out in the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights throughout the day. Having a bike and gear with visibility stripes goes a long way in helping others see you too.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are hard for other drivers to see on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and are affected much more by road hazards such as potholes. Keep an eye out at all times and do not assume that passenger car drivers will do what is best for you.

Of course, you can still become injured through no fault of your own. That is when Burger Law steps in. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Geneva, 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 have seen up close the damage negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. This too shall pass. With the help of Burger Law's Geneva, 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 an accident 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 knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer in Geneva, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation.

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