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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Hillsboro, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Hillsboro, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, rely on the principled, accomplished and tenacious personal injury law firm of Burger Law to protect your future and win you full compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have pledged their careers the vulnerable in Hillsboro and throughout Illinois. Call us 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 Hillsboro, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a great sense of fellowship with other bikers. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: that can all come to a crashing halt when a thoughtless driver fails to see 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 hates bullies who think the road belongs to them and resistant insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their duty. That is why we work tirelessly investigating claims, trying cases and demanding full compensation for those harmed through no fault of their own. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Hillsboro, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will see to it that it is. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until you get your settlement or verdict check.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Hillsboro and Illinois?

Despite the fact that motorcycles make up only .06 percent of total vehicle miles traveled in the United States, they accounted for four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all deaths in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to data from the National Safety Council. Nationwide, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 died in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle wrecks which resulted in 2,404 injuries and 152 fatalities, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over half of those happened 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 due to a car or truck driver was not looking out for bikers. Most of the crashes occurred in metropolitan areas, especially major city streets.

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 fatalities in 2017.

The most common season for motorcycle crashes is summer, and half of all wrecks happen between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.

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

A diligent and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will stand by your side when no one else will. From our first phone call to securing you maximum compensation, our team will:

  • Investigate your case and ascertain liability

    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 how much coverage is available, surveillance footage, medical reports and more. Then, we will use our knowledge of accidents and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine the value of your claim

    Next, we will use our network of physicians and financial experts to put a precise 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. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be $5,000,000.

  • Keep the insurance company honest

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Hillsboro, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure they understand that we will not let them take advantage of you. Insurance companies in Hillsboro and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know we accept nothing but full compensation. 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 immediately and do not back down until you are awarded the best possible recovery. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Hillsboro, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your journey to true recovery.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Hillsboro, IL?

No two crashes are totally the same, but research indicates some common scenarios that lead to motorcyclists being put in harm's way because of other people's negligence. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, you can be sure the Hillsboro, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will conduct an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for injuring you.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Hillsboro, IL

As motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other motorists, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have permanent consequences. While just over ten percent of 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 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 Hillsboro, IL motorcycle accident lawyers have recovered compensation for people with minor whiplash injuries as well as permanent disabilities like paralysis.

Hillsboro, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never had to hire an attorney before and naturally have questions about how a motorcycle accident claim works. Below are the answers to many of the questions our clients ask us:

Does it Matter if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council reports that over a recent 15 year period, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. That is because head injuries are the most common fatal injury in motorcycle crashes.

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. While defense lawyer may try to blame your injuries on your decision not to wear a helmet, an experienced Hillsboro, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will not let them get away with it.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to court. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 civil lawsuits are resolved by a jury. 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 Fall?

If another driver made you do the emergency fall. Proving a personal injury claim means showing someone was negligent and that their negligence caused the accident that injured you. So if your performed your emergency maneuver because a driver did not see you when turning left, you you can still hold the other driver responsible because you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

No one anticipates being injured, and injuries often create sudden financial hardships. That is why our Hillsboro, 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 benefits for you:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we genuinely 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 Hillsboro, IL motorcycle crash lawyers believe that honesty and integrity are as important as any other quality in a law firm.

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Will I Just End Up Losing Out on Money if I Hire 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 the insurance company may cover all your damages just to get the claim out of the way, with more severe injuries that have higher damages, you will almost certainly get more money 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 we take our percentage. The same research also found that motorcycle accident lawyers connect people to 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 only 51 percent of people without a lawyer.

Are There Any Third Parties Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on things such as road conditions, if the driver was driving in relation to their job and motorcycle or car parts, but motorcycle accident lawyers often uncover other liable parties:

  • You can make a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty brakes caused your injuries.
  • A business can be responsible for your injuries if they were caused by bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A local, state or federal government if problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road caused your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured in a construction zone if they did not securely zone it off.

The claims and lawsuit process can vary greatly when it involves different types of defendants, so it is imperative to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with 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 who was responsible for what part of the vehicle reaching the market.

Can I Still Make a Recovery for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially Responsible?

Yes. It may be true that you were not faultless in an accident somebody else caused. Illinois is classified as 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 fact-finder determines you are owed $100,000 in damages but that you are 20 percent to liable for your injuries, you would receive $80,000.

It is important to mention that pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you will not be able to make any sort of recovery if you were more than half to blame.

What Compensation Can I Receive for My Hillsboro, IL Motorcycle Accident?

Your injuries affect you in more ways than just physical pain and needing to recover. There are also hospital expenses, consequences for your ability to work, possibly disfigurement and emotional scarring as well. Compensation in personal injury claims falls into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are the sum total of your financial loss. That includes all medical costs like follow up doctors' appointments, surgeries, assistive devices and more. It also includes any earnings 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, you may have future economic damages as well. Such as if you were a potential professional athlete who now has a career-ending injury, 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 provide reimbursement for other costs such as gas costs when driving to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but basically they are intended to 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 Hillsboro, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will demand that your recovery reflects that.

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

Hillsboro, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the freedom 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 instill in you 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.
  • Wearing safety equipment — In the event of a crash, safety equipment such as helmets and visors specifically manufactured for bikers work wonders in avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it is natural to want to test your limits, the rules are meant to keep everyone safe, including you. Avoid weaving in between cars, do not drive too fast and make sure your bike is compliant with other regulations set out in 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights on at all times. Having a bike and clothing with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • 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 uneven pavement. 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 what we are here for. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Hillsboro, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get maximum compensation.

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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 Hillsboro and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We have seen firsthand the horrible injuries reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. This too shall pass. Burger Law's Hillsboro, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will not let someone get away with hurting you. It is not an accident that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we do not back down. Call a knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer in Hillsboro, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary consultation.

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