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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Hampshire, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Hampshire, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, believe in the ethical, experienced and committed personal injury law firm of Burger Law to protect your future and secure you maximum compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for those who need help in Hampshire and throughout Illinois. Call our office now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Hampshire, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle offers a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can offer a close sense of brotherhood with others who enjoy the same freedoms. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a negligent driver does not respect your safety and injures you. 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 cannot stand bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dishonest insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders responsible. That is why we spend every day filing lawsuits, convincing jury members and demanding full compensation for those who sustain damages through no fault of their own. You deserve justice, and the Hampshire, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Call us immediately at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until you receive the compensation you are owed.

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



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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Hampshire and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle deaths 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 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 deadly, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over 50 percent of those happened when the motorcycle was going in a straight line, insinuating that the accidents were often due to another driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Wrecks happen most frequently in metropolitan areas, especially on arterial roads.

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

Nearly 50 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents occur in the summer months, and 50 percent happen between Friday night and Monday morning.

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

A tenacious and dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer will be your rock when you need help the most. From initial consultation to securing you maximum compensation, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

  • Investigate your accident and determine 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 proof of your damages, dash or helmet cameras, police reports and more. Then, we will utilize our familiarity with the law and liability and network of crash experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine the value of your claim

    Then, we will use our network of physicians and financial experts to put an exact figure on your injuries, and immediately inform the insurance company that you expect to make a recovery for the entirety of your damages. 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. We have settled auto crash cases for anything from $20,000 to $5,000,000.

  • Keep the insurance company honest

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Hampshire, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure they understand that we will not let them take advantage of you. Insurance companies in Hampshire and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know that partial compensation is unacceptable to us. bad faith failure to settle so they know we will not yield until you receive everything you are owed.

  • Keep you informed and offer sage legal advice

    Client communication is one of our top priorities. Being injured through no fault of your own already leads to enough stress, so you need a law firm that will consistently be by your side. We handle all the technical details of your claim so you can focus on your medical treatment and on your family. As your case progresses, we will provide legal counsel based on our knowledge of the law. We will never be coy about whether or not we believe you can get more money or if it is best to proceed to trial. We believe in what we tell you, but at the end of the day, we leave the ultimate decision up to you.

  • Take the fight to trial if necessary

    You need a motorcycle accident lawyer in Hampshire, IL that does more than consult with experts and fill out paperwork. You need someone who will argue on your behalf in a court of law. Among the many 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 without delay and do not back down until you are awarded the best possible recovery. Discuss the details of your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Hampshire, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true recovery.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Hampshire, IL?

No two crashes are totally identical, but research illuminates some concerning similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

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

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Hampshire, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily launched from their vehicles, the injuries sustained can often be significant and sometimes lead to permanent disability. While just over ten percent of 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 drivers and passengers, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. 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 Hampshire, IL will see to it that you receive compensation for them.

Hampshire, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the calls we get are from people who have often never had to hire an attorney before and therefore do not know the motorcycle accident claim process. Some of the most common questions we get are:

Do I Still Have a Case 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 most common fatal injury in motorcycle crashes.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers always recommend driving safely, including wearing the right equipment when you are on a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that requires motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. That means that there is no basis for blaming you for being negligent under the law. 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 data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of tort claims are decided by a trial verdict. With a strong attorney on your side, the insurance company will not want to go into a lengthy trial they are likely to lose.

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. Proving a personal injury claim means showing someone was negligent and that their negligence led to your damages. So if you had no choice but to try an emergency maneuver because another motorist was looking at their phone, you could still pursue a claim because you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and the economic burden of medical bills and lost wages is often immediately severe. That is why our Hampshire, 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. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we genuinely believe in its merits and that 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 Hampshire, IL motorcycle crash lawyers will only take on your case if it is in your best interest.

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Will I Just End Up Losing Out on Money if I Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Insurance companies always try to say that a lawyer will only take money out of your pocket in the end. 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 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 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 research also determined that motorcycle accident lawyers also help people get help people get the full medical treatment they need. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims 91 percent of people who hired a lawyer got compensation, compared to only 51 percent of people without an attorney.

What Other Parties Can I Hold 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 it is very possible that after a thorough investigation your motorcycle accident lawyer will determine 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 clutches caused 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 problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road contributed to your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured near a construction zone if important safety measures were not implemented.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a business, so it is imperative to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who knows Illinois statutes and who understands how to litigate against different entities. For example, there are special restrictions regarding who you can sue in the government and how long you have to sue them.

Can I Still Recover Compensation for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially at Fault?

Yes. It may be true that you were not faultless in an accident somebody else caused. Illinois is considered a "modified comparative fault" state. That means the compensation you receive may be reduced by the portion of blame you share. For example, if a fact-finder determines your injuries are worth $100,000 but that you are 20 percent to liable for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

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

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

Your injuries affect you in more ways than just physical pain and needing to recover. There are also medical expenses, time lost from work, possibly disability and emotional tribulations as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is largely broken down 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 bills like medication, physical rehabilitation, braces and more. It also includes any earnings you lost from not being able to work for a period while recovering. In the most awful situations, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. For example, if you were a warehouse worker who can no longer lift over 20 pounds, or if you need vehicle or home modifications that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we consult with economic experts to adjust for inflation and rising costs of medical care.

Economic damages also provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses such as having to hire a nanny to take care of your kids while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are harder to define, but basically they are intended to compensate you for how your life has been affected in non-financial ways. This can include the physical pain and suffering you feel to experiencing pain when going up the stairs. If you enjoyed biking on the weekends but now your knee clicks, Burger Law's Hampshire, 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 claims, including:

Hampshire, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration they instill. It is important to never underestimate how dangerous road hazards and other drivers are to you. The best ways to reduce the risk of accident and injury is by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will get you familiar with how to use good judgment on a motorcycle. There are also more advanced courses with advanced turning and emergency braking 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 equipment — In the event of an accident, protective equipment such as helmets and visors specifically designed for bikers is key to avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it is natural to want to stretch your freedom, we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others on the road. 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 — 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 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 poorly places signs. Pay attention at all times and do not assume others will see you.

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. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Hampshire, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get a full financial recovery.

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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 Hampshire and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We know all to well the devastation negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. This too shall pass. Burger Law's Hampshire, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will balance the scales of justice and deliver a full financial recovery. We are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest for a reason: we do not back down. Call a seasoned motorcycle accident lawyer in Hampshire, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case review.

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