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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Hanover Park, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Hanover Park, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, count on the principled, accomplished and dedicated legal advocacy of Burger Law to defend your rights and win you maximum compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have committed their careers those who need help in Hanover Park and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists are not given the same respect other vehicles on the Hanover Park, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle provides relieves tension and stress and can provide a great sense of fellowship with others who enjoy the same freedoms. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: that can all come to a crashing halt when a thoughtless driver does not respect your safety and injures you. You should not have to pay for another person's recklessness. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team loathes bullies who think the road belongs to them and dubious insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their obligations. That is why we work tirelessly filing lawsuits, convincing jury members and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those harmed by someone else's poor decisions. You deserve justice, and the Hanover Park, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will get it for you. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney immediately at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay 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 complimentary personal injury calculator.



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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Hanover Park and Illinois?

Even though motorcycles account for barely over half a percent of total vehicle miles traveled in the country, they accounted for four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all deaths in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to research from the National Safety Council. In the United States, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 fatalities. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle crashes, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Regrettably, over half of those occurred when the motorcycle was going straight ahead, insinuating that the accidents were often caused by another driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Crashes are most common in densely populated areas, especially on arterial roads.

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

The most common season for motorcycle crashes is summer, and half of all wrecks happen on the weekends.

How Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Hanover Park, IL My Claim?

A diligent and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will be your legal advocate when you need help the most. From the first time we meet to the day you receive your payment, our team will:

  • Investigate your accident and determine who is at fault

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will gather 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 consult with accident recreation experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held responsible.

  • Determine how much your injuries are worth

    Then, we will consult with doctors 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. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be in the millions.

  • Fight back against the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Hanover Park, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure they understand that we will not let them take advantage of you. Insurance companies in Hanover Park and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly because they know that partial compensation is unacceptable to us. bad faith failure to settle so they know we will not yield until you get the best possible compensation.

  • Keep you up-to-date and offer sound legal advice

    We pride ourselves on our communication with our clients. Being injured because of someone else's negligence already causes enough worry, so you need a law firm that will consistently be by your side. We handle all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on your medical treatment and on your family. As your case progresses, we will recommend certain actions based on what we believe is in your best interest. We will never be dishonest about the best possible results for your case or if it is best to proceed to trial. We fight on your behalf, but at the end of the day, we leave the ultimate decision up to you.

  • Take your case to trial if we have to

    You need a motorcycle accident lawyer in Hanover Park, IL that does more than research 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 work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Discuss the details of your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Hanover Park, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to discover more about what we can do for you.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Hanover Park, IL?

No two crashes are completely the same, but research points to some concerning similarities. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

Whatever caused your collision, you can be sure the Hanover Park, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will conduct an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for not respecting your right to ride safely.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Hanover Park, IL

As motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other motorists, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just over ten percent of Illinois 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 figure goes up to 36 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:

Whatever the extent of your or your loved one's injuries, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Hanover Park, IL will see to it that you receive compensation for them.

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

Most of the people who come to us for legal counsel never had to go through a claims process and are not entirely sure the motorcycle accident claim process. Some of the most common questions we get are:

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

The National Safety Council found that over the course of 15 years in the early 2000s, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. Indeed, 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 the right equipment when you are on a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, it is not illegal to drive a motorcycle without a helmet in Illinois. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not liable. 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?

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to trial. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of tort claims are decided by a jury. Settlements are usually favorable to both parties, as long as you have a great lawyer on your side.

Can I Still Get Compensation if I Was Injured by an Emergency Maneuver?

If you performed the maneuver because of another driver's negligence, 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 had no choice but to try an emergency maneuver because another motorist was looking at their phone, you you can still hold the other driver accountable because you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

What if I Do Not Have the Money to Pay for a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to deal with being injured because somebody else broke the rules. Our Hanover Park, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, instead of an hourly fee. You pay nothing upfront. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we are sure we can add significant value to it.
  2. We will always be straight with you.

At Burger Law, our Hanover Park, IL motorcycle crash lawyers believe that honesty and integrity are as important as any other quality in a law firm.

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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 it is true that we may not be able to add much value to your claim, with more severe injuries that have higher damages, you will almost always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to make a full recovery.

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 same research also determined that motorcycle accident lawyers are integral in getting the full medical treatment they need. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims over nine in 10 respondents who hired a lawyer received a payout, compared to roughly half of people without a lawyer.

What Other Parties Can I Hold 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 determine that there are other parties you can make a claim against:

  • You can file a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty steering systems contributed to your injuries.
  • A commercial company can be held liable for their driver's actions if you were injured in a bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government agency if problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road contributed to your injuries.
  • 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 business, so it is essential to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who is well-versed in Illinois statutes and who is not afraid to stand up to powerful corporations. For example, who can be held liable in a product liability case depends on a variety of factors.

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

With the help of a talented 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 the compensation you receive may be reduced by the portion of blame you share. For example, if a jury determines your injuries are worth $100,000 but that you are 20 percent to to blame for your injuries, you would make a recovery of $80,000.

It is important to remember that according 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 Hanover Park, 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 bills, lost wages, possibly disfigurement and mental anguish as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is divided into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the financial impact of your injuries. That includes any medical bills like follow up doctors' appointments, chiropractic appointments, assistive devices 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 the worst cases, 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 Ubers or bus fare to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but essentially compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. This can include the physical pain and suffering you have experienced to not being able to enjoy your favorite activities like you used to. If you used to play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Hanover Park, 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 a variety types of cases, including:

How to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle in Hanover Park, IL

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration they instill. Being meticulous 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 the rules of the road for motorcyclists. 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 — If a collision is unavoidable, safety gear such as helmets and visors specifically manufactured for bikers go a long way in not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Obeying the rules of the road — While it may be tempting to test your limits, we all have a responsibility to keep the roads safe. Stay in your lane, ride at an appropriate speed and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights no matter what time of day it is. Having a bike and jacket with visibility stripes goes a long way in helping others see you too.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are occasionally invisible on the road, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some drivers are even aggressive towards them. Keep an eye out at all times and do not assume others will be respectful.

Of course, you can still become injured through no fault of your own. That is what we are here for. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Hanover Park, 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 Hanover Park and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We have seen firsthand the devastation reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. You do not have to go through this alone. With the help of Burger Law's Hanover Park, 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 always get great results for our clients. Call a knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer in Hanover Park, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary consultation.

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