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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Jacksonville, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Jacksonville, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, believe in the compassionate, veteran and aggressive legal representation of Burger Law to defend your rights and win you the best possible recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have pledged their careers the injured in Jacksonville and throughout Illinois. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists all but invisible on the Jacksonville, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides relieves tension and stress and can provide a great sense of brotherhood with other bikers. Unfortunately, that can come at a cost: that can all come to a screeching halt when a thoughtless driver causes you to crash. You should not have to pay for another person's recklessness. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team loathes bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dishonest insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders accountable. That is why we have dedicated our lives to investigating claims, standing up in trial and demanding full compensation for those injured by someone else's poor decisions. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Jacksonville, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Speak to a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until you receive the compensation you are owed.

If you were injured through no fault of your own, find out how much your claim may be worth by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.



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Jacksonville, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle fatalities and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only only .06 percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to data 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 wrecks, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Regrettably, over half of those occurred when a passenger car or truck collided with a motorcycle when the biker was driving in a straight line, which leads us to believe that the accidents were often because of a car or truck driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Most of the crashes occurred in metropolitan areas, especially around tolls.

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

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 Jacksonville, IL My Claim?

A persistent and dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer will be your rock 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 claim and determine which parties are liable for your damages

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine who is responsible. We will acquire every bit of evidence available, including how much coverage is available, pictures, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will use our experience and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine how much your case is worth

    Next, 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 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 in the millions.

  • Play hardball with the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Jacksonville, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure they understand that we will not let them take advantage of you. Insurance companies in Jacksonville and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly 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 right away and do not stop until you get the full compensation you deserve. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Jacksonville, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true recovery.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Jacksonville, IL?

Every accident is unique, but research indicates some concerning similarities. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, trust in the Jacksonville, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to conduct a full investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your accident.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Jacksonville, IL

As motorcyclists are are not protected by doors, roofs and airbags, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have lifelong consequences. While just over ten percent of people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that include severe lacerations, fractures, skull or chest injuries and abdominal injuries — that percentage jumps up to 36 percent of motorcycle drivers and passengers, 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 Jacksonville, IL will see to it that you receive compensation for them.

Jacksonville, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our clients are people who have often never been in an accident and are not entirely sure 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 found that between 2002 and 2017, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. 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. Still, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that compels motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not to blame. While defense lawyer may bring it up in an attempt to devalue your claim, an experienced Jacksonville, 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 percent of civil lawsuits are decided by a trial verdict. This is because either the injured party accepts a low settlement without consulting with a lawyer, or because they hire a motorcycle accident lawyer who knows how to fight back against a resistant insurance company and get them the compensation they deserve.

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. 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 your performed your emergency maneuver because a driver did not see you when turning left, you you can still hold the other driver accountable because their negligence caused your injuries.

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 the economic burden of medical bills and lost wages is often immediately severe. Our Jacksonville, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, instead of an hourly fee. We only get paid once we win your case. 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 add significant value to it.
  2. We will always be straight with you.

At Burger Law, our Jacksonville, 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 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 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 council also found that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. A second study found that over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney got compensation, compared to only 51 percent of people without an attorney.

Are There Any Third Parties Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the circumstances surrounding your crash, but motorcycle accident lawyers often reveal other liable parties:

  • You can file a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty handlebars contributed to your injuries.
  • A commercial company can be held liable for your injuries if they were caused by bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government agency if a road hazard or poorly designed road caused your accident.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction site if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable risk harm.

The claims and lawsuit process can vary greatly when it involves different types of defendants, so it is vital to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who knows Illinois statutes and who understands how to litigate against different entities. 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?

With the help of an experienced 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 you will only be compensated for the part of accident that liable party is responsible for. For example, if a mediator determines you are owed $100,000 in damages 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 under 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are barred from receiving compensation if you were more than half to blame.

What Compensation Can I Recover for My Jacksonville, IL Motorcycle Accident?

Your injuries affect you in more ways than just physical pain and needing to recover. There are also hospital bills, time lost from work, possibly disfigurement and mental tribulations as well. Compensation in personal injury claims falls 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 all medical bills like prescriptions, physical rehabilitation, braces and more. It also includes any money you lost from not being able to work for a period while recovering. In the worst cases, 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 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 cover other costs such as having to put your kids in a daycare while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but basically they are intended to compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you have experienced to not being able to enjoy your favorite activities like you used to. If you were the MVP in your local basketball league and now can no longer jump the same, Burger Law's Jacksonville, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure you are compensated for that.

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

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Jacksonville, 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 underestimate how dangerous road hazards and other drivers are to you. Some important steps to take to stay safe include:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will help you learn how to stay safe on a motorcycle. There are also more advanced courses with advanced turning and emergency maneuver techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — 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, safety equipment such as helmets and visors specifically made for motorcyclists work wonders in not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Following traffic laws — While it is natural to want to wave in between cars, the rules are meant to keep everyone safe, including you. Avoid weaving in between cars, ride at an appropriate velocity and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Staying visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights throughout the day. Investing in a bike and equipment with visibility stripes helps other drivers be aware to your presence.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are occasionally invisible on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and are affected much more by road hazards such as potholes. Prioritize your safety 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. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in Jacksonville, 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 represented hundreds of clients in Jacksonville and throughout Illinois. We have seen up close the damage other people can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. You do not have to go through this alone. With the help of Burger Law's Jacksonville, 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 an accident that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we do not back down. Contact a talented motorcycle accident lawyer in Jacksonville, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.

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