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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Hennepin, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Hennepin, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, rely on the honest, experienced and aggressive legal advocacy of Burger Law to defend your rights and secure you the best possible recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have pledged their careers the vulnerable in Hennepin and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists all but invisible on the Hennepin, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle provides a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can provide a great sense of brotherhood with other bikers. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: that can all come to a crashing halt when a careless driver fails to notice 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 despises bullies who think the road belongs to them and dishonest insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders accountable. That is why we spend every day investigating claims, trying cases and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those who sustain damages through no fault of their own. You deserve justice, and the Hennepin, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Call us immediately at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until you get your settlement or verdict check.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Hennepin and Illinois?

Despite the fact that motorcycles make up only .06 percent of total vehicle miles traveled in the country, they made up four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of total fatalities 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 deaths. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle wrecks, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Regrettably, the majority of those crashes came when the motorcycle was driving straight, which means the accidents were often because of another driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Crashes are most common in densely populated areas, especially major city streets.

According to data 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.

Nearly 50 percent of fatal motorcycle collisions occur in the summer months, and 50 percent happen between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.

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

A diligent and committed motorcycle accident lawyer will stand by your side when it seems like everything is going against you. From initial consultation to our final victory in a settlement or in court, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

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

    We have seen just about every auto accident case imaginable, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will acquire all the necessary evidence, including proof of your damages, pictures, medical reports and more. Then, we will utilize our experience and network of crash experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine how much your injuries are worth

    Then, 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 write the insurance company on your behalf informing them that we will settle for nothing less than the maximum compensation. How much you receive depends on a variety of factors. Some successful resolutions end up being tens of thousands of dollars, while others can reach the millions.

  • Play hardball with the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to devalue your claim to the fullest extent they believe that are able to. Our Hennepin, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Hennepin and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know how tough we are. 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. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Hennepin, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to discover more about what we can do for you.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Hennepin, IL?

No two crashes are totally identical, but research points to some common trends that lead to motorcyclists being injured on the road. Most motorcycle wrecks are the result of:

However your accident unfolded, once you hire us the Hennepin, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to conduct a thorough investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for not respecting your right to ride safely.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Hennepin, IL

As motorcyclists are are not protected by doors, roofs and airbags, the injuries sustained can often be significant and even result in permanent disability. While just 11.7 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 figure increases to over a third of motorcycle drivers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

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

Hennepin, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never been in an accident and are not entirely sure what to expect in a motorcycle accident claim. Below are the answers to many of the questions our clients ask us:

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

The National Safety Council reports that over the course of 15 years in the early 2000s, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. Indeed, 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, 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. While an insurance company may try to blame your injuries on your decision not to wear a helmet, an experienced Hennepin, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will not let them get away with it.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

That is incredibly unlikely. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 civil lawsuits 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?

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 had no choice but to try an emergency maneuver because a driver did not see you when turning left, you you can still hold the other driver accountable because you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

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 Hennepin, 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 you are fairly compensated. 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 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 Hennepin, IL motorcycle crash lawyers will only take on your case if it is in your best interest.

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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 it is true that we may not be able to add much value to your claim, with injuries that require more extensive medical treatment and more time off work, 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 we take our percentage. The council also concluded that motorcycle accident lawyers also help people get help people get the full medical treatment they need to recover. A second study concluded that 91 percent of people who hired a lawyer made any kind of financial recovery, compared to barely over half of people without a lawyer.

What Other Parties Can I Hold Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on things such as road conditions, if the driver was operating a vehicle 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 there are other parties you can make a claim against:

  • You can file a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle manufacturer if a defective product such as faulty frames played a part in 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 repair a known road hazard.
  • A construction company if you were injured near a construction site if they did not securely zone it off.

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, 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 to Blame?

Yes. If someone else caused the accident, you may still bear some responsibility for your injuries if you did not follow certain safety protocols. 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 fact-finder determines your injuries are worth $100,000 but that the other driver is only 80 percent at fault for your injuries, you would be awarded $80,000.

It is important to note that under 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if your injuries are more than 50 percent your fault.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Hennepin, 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 hospital cost, time lost from work, possibly disability and emotional scarring as well. You will receive a financial recovery for two types of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the economic impact of your injuries. That includes all medical costs like follow up doctors' appointments, surgeries, crutches and more. It also includes any money you lost from not being able to perform the tasks of your job for a period because of your injuries. In the most awful situations, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. For example, if you were a landscaper who is now confined to a wheelchair, or if you need a knee 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 compensate you for other costs such as transportation to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but essentially compensate you for how your life has been affected in non-financial ways. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you have experienced to not being able to play with your kids like before. If you used to draw as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Hennepin, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will demand that your recovery reflects that.

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

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Hennepin, IL

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when not driven properly. It is important to never overestimate your abilities on a motorcycle. Some important steps to take to stay safe include:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will get you familiar with 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.
  • Not forgetting about safety equipment — In the event of a collision, safety equipment such as helmets and boots specifically made for bikers is key to preventing injuries.
  • Obeying traffic laws — While it may be tempting to wave in between cars, we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others on the road. Avoid weaving in between cars, drive the speed limit and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Staying visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights no matter what time of day it is. Having a bike and gear with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are occasionally invisible on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and more susceptible to road hazards such as potholes. Pay attention 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 when Burger Law steps in. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Hennepin, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get maximum compensation.

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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Chicago, Illinois | Burger Law

In our three decades years of experience, we have represented hundreds of clients in Hennepin and throughout Illinois. We know all to well the devastation other people can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. These trying times will not last forever. With the help of Burger Law's Hennepin, 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 an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Hennepin, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.

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