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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Herrin, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, count on the compassionate, accomplished and aggressive legal advocacy of Burger Law to stand by your side and win you the best possible compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have committed their careers the injured in Herrin and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists are not given the same respect other vehicles on the Herrin, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can offer 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 careless driver fails to notice you. You should not have to pay for another person's recklessness. 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 are constantly investigating claims, trying cases and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those harmed when they did nothing wrong. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Herrin, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will see to it that it is. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until you get your settlement or verdict check.

If another person broke the rules and injured you, find out the value of your claim by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.



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Herrin, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Despite the fact that motorcycles account for less than one percent of total traffic miles traveled in the United States, they made up four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all deaths in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to the National Safety Council. In the entire country, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 passed away in motorcycle crashes. 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, the majority of those occurred when a passenger car or truck collided with a motorcycle when the biker was driving in a straight line, insinuating that the accidents were often caused by a car or truck driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Wrecks happen most frequently in metropolitan areas, especially around tolls.

According to data from 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.

Almost half of deadly motorcycle accidents occur in the in the summer when the weather is nicer, and half happen on the weekends.

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

A prudent and dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer will fight on your behalf 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 accident and ascertain liability

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will obtain all the necessary evidence, including proof of your damages, pictures, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will utilize our knowledge of accidents and consult with accident recreation experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine how much your case is worth

    Then, we will use our network of physicians and economic experts to put an exact dollar amount on your injuries, and write a settlement letter demanding that you receive all of it. 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. Some successful resolutions end up being tens of thousands of dollars, while others can reach the millions.

  • Stand up to the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to diminish your injuries as much as they can. Our Herrin, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Herrin and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly because they know how tough we are. 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 claim right away and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Herrin, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your journey to true healing.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Herrin, IL?

No two crashes are completely the same, but analysis illuminates some troubling similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

However your accident unfolded, once you hire us the Herrin, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to conduct a full investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your accident.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Herrin, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily hurled from their vehicles, the injuries sustained can often be significant and sometimes cause permanent disability. While just one in ten people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that include severe lacerations, broken limbs, skull or chest injuries and abdominal injuries — that number jumps up to 36 percent of motorcycle riders, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

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

Herrin, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for help never had to go through a claims process 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 reports that over a recent 15 year period, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. Indeed, head injuries account for 41.4 percent of fatal motorcycle injuries.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers always recommend driving safely, including wearing appropriate safety gear when riding a motorcycle. Still, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, it is not illegal to drive a motorcycle without a helmet in Illinois. 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 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 civil lawsuits 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 Get Compensation if I Was Injured by an Emergency Maneuver?

If you performed the maneuver because another driver broke the rules of the road, 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 were injured because you were forced into an emergency maneuver after someone was driving erratically, you you can still hold the other driver responsible because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

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 Herrin, 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. 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. We have no reason to give you the run around.

At Burger Law, our Herrin, 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. 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 certainly get get a higher payout if you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer.

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 the contingency fee has been paid. The same study also found that motorcycle accident lawyers also help people get help people get the full medical treatment they need. A second survey concluded that over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney got compensation, compared to only 51 percent of people who did not seek legal representation.

Is Anybody Besides the Other Driver Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the circumstances surrounding your crash, but it is very possible that after looking extensively into your case your motorcycle accident lawyer will determine that one or more other parties are liable for your injuries:

  • You can file a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty handlebars played a part in your injuries.
  • A commercial company can owe you compensation for their driver's negligence if you were injured in a bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government entity 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 site if important safety measures were not implemented.

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 is not afraid to stand up to powerful corporations. 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. 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 considered 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 depending on how much you contributed to it. For example, if a jury determines your economic and noneconomic damages add up to $100,000 but that the other driver is only 80 percent liable for your injuries, you would make a recovery of $80,000.

It is important to remember that under 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 Compensation Can I Recover for My Herrin, 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 work, possibly disfigurement and mental anguish as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is largely broken down into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the economic impact of your injuries. That includes all medical treatments like prescriptions, physical therapy, braces and more. It also includes any earnings you lost from not being able to perform the tasks of your job for a period while recovering. In severe cases, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. Such as 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 determine what those costs will be in the future.

Economic damages also provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses such as gas costs when driving to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, 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 feel to having difficulty sleeping. If you used to play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Herrin, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will demand that your recovery reflects that.

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

How to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle in Herrin, IL

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration they instill. Being thorough about safety is a must on a motorcycle. The best ways to reduce the risk of accident and injury is by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will help you learn how to use good judgment on a motorcycle. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches advanced turning and emergency braking techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather both creates hazards for you and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Using the right safety equipment — In the event of a collision, protective equipment such as helmets and boots specifically designed for bikers is key to avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Following the rules of the road — While it may be tempting to see just how much you and your bike are capable of, we all have a duty 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 the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Staying visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights on at all times. Investing in 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 poorly places signs. Pay attention at all times and do not assume that passenger car drivers will do what is best for 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. Call a motorcycle crash lawyer in Herrin, 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 three decades years of experience, we have beaten large corporations, resistant insurance companies and gotten great results for our clients. We have seen firsthand the damage other people can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. This too shall pass. Burger Law's Herrin, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will balance the scales of justice and deliver a full financial recovery. It is not for nothing 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 skilled motorcycle accident lawyer in Herrin, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation.

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