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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Kewanee, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Kewanee, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, count on the principled, experienced and dedicated legal representation of Burger Law to stand by your side and secure you a maximum recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for those who need help in Kewanee 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 Kewanee, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers relieves tension and stress and can offer a close sense of fellowship with other bikers. Unfortunately, that can come at a cost: that can all come to a screeching halt when a thoughtless driver does not respect your safety and injures you. You did nothing to deserve the hospital bills and physical and mental pain that are haunting you right now. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team cannot stand bullies who think the road belongs to them and dubious insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders responsible. That is why we spend every day litigating cases, trying cases and accepting nothing less than a maximum financial recovery for those injured when they did nothing wrong. You deserve justice, and the Kewanee, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will get it for you. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until we win your claim.

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Kewanee, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle fatalities and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only less than one percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, 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, of 3,077 motorcycle crashes, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were deadly, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over half of those crashes came when a passenger car or truck collided with a motorcycle when the biker was driving in a straight line, which means the accidents were often because of another driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Crashes are most common in urban areas, especially major city streets.

According to data from 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 Friday night and Monday morning.

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

A persistent and committed motorcycle accident lawyer will fight on your behalf when you need help the most. From initial consultation to the day you receive your payment, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and ascertain who is at fault

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will obtain every bit of evidence available, including proof of your damages, pictures, police reports and more. Then, we will rely on our experience and consult with accident recreation experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held accountable.

  • Determine how much your injuries are worth

    Then, we will use our network of medical and economic experts to put an exact figure on your injuries, and immediately inform the insurance company that you expect to be fully compensated. How much you receive depends on a variety of factors. We have settled auto crash cases for anything from $20,000 to $5,000,000.

  • Fight back against the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Kewanee, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Kewanee and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name because they know how tough we are. 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. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Kewanee, 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 Kewanee, IL?

No two crashes are entirely identical, but data reveals some common trends that lead to motorcyclists being injured because of other people's negligence. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

Whatever caused your collision, you can be sure the Kewanee, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will carry out 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 Kewanee, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily tossed from their vehicles, 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 figure increases to almost 40 percent of motorcycle drivers and passengers, 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 Kewanee, IL is here to fight for you and make sure the insurance company cannot minimize the impact of your damages.

Kewanee, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our clients are people who have often never had to hire an attorney before and therefore do not know the motorcycle accident claim process. 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 approximates that between 2002 and 2017, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. That is because head injuries are the most common fatal injury in motorcycle crashes.

Driving safely saves lives, and that means wearing a helmet if 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 at-fault. 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 data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 tort claims are resolved by a jury. Settlements are usually favorable to both parties, as long as you have a great lawyer on your side.

Can I Still Recover if I Was Injured by an Emergency Fall?

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 led to your damages. So if you had no choice but to try an emergency maneuver after another motorist was looking at their phone, you you can still hold the other driver liable because you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

We know that injuries are always unexpected, and injuries often create sudden financial hardships. That is why our Kewanee, 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 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 will not receive any empty promises.

At Burger Law, our Kewanee, IL motorcycle crash lawyers will only take on your case if it is in your best interest.

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Can I Really Get More Money With a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Insurance companies want you to believe that it is actually the attorney that cannot be trusted. That is false. 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 injuries that require more extensive medical treatment and more time off work, you will almost always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to keep the insurance company honest.

According to a paper called "Attorney Involvement in Auto Injury Claims" from the Insurance Research Council, people who hire an attorney for an auto accident receive three and half times more money than people who do not, even after the contingency fee has been paid. The same study also found that motorcycle accident lawyers connect people to the full medical treatment they need. According to respondents in a different survey 91 percent of people with an attorney received a payout, compared to roughly half of people who did not seek legal representation.

What Other Parties Can I Hold Liable for My Injuries?

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

  • You can make a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle manufacturer if a defective product such as faulty fuel systems caused your injuries.
  • A business can owe you compensation for their driver's negligence if you were injured in a bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A local, state or federal government if problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road contributed to your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured in a construction site if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable danger.

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 knows Illinois statutes and who is not afraid to stand up to powerful corporations. For example, there are special restrictions regarding who you can sue in the government and how long you have to sue them.

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

With the help of a seasoned attorney, yes. While somebody else may have caused the accident, a poor decision on your part may mean that you are partially responsible for your injuries. Illinois is classified 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 the other driver is only 80 percent at fault for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to note that under 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if the accident was more than half your fault.

What Compensation Can I Recover for My Kewanee, 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 cost, consequences for your ability to work, possibly disfigurement and mental anguish as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is divided into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are the sum total of your financial loss. That includes all medical treatments like medication, physical rehabilitation, assistive devices 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 worst cases, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. Such as if you were a warehouse worker who can no longer lift over 20 pounds, or if you need a knee 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 compensate you for other costs such as Ubers or bus fare to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but basically they are meant to compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can include the physical pain and suffering you have undergone to experiencing pain when going up the stairs. If you were the MVP in your local basketball league and now can no longer jump the same, Burger Law's Kewanee, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure the insurance adjuster or jury understands just how big of an impact your injuries have had.

Our motorcycle crash and personal injury lawyers have helped the injured throughout Illinois receive compensation for a variety types of cases, including:

Kewanee, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the freedom they instill. It is important to never overestimate your abilities on a motorcycle. The best ways to reduce the risk of accident and injury is by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will get you familiar with how to use good judgment on a motorcycle. There are also more advanced courses with advanced turning and emergency braking techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather both results in slippery roads and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Not forgetting about safety gear — In the event of an accident, protective gear such as helmets and jackets specifically designed for motorcyclists go a long way in avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it may seem fun to wave in between cars, we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others on the road. Pay close attention to your surroundings, do not drive too fast and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Staying visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights throughout the day. Having a bike and jacket 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 are affected much more by road hazards such as potholes. Prioritize your safety at all times and do not assume others will see you.

Of course, even when you do not do anything wrong you can still be injured by another person's negligence. That is what we are here for. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Kewanee, 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 Kewanee and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We have seen firsthand the horrible injuries other people can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. These trying times will not last forever. With the help of Burger Law's Kewanee, 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 do not back down. Call a knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer in Kewanee, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary consultation.

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