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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Lake County, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Lake County, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, trust in the principled, seasoned and tenacious legal advocacy of Burger Law to defend your rights and win you a complete recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the vulnerable in Lake County and throughout Illinois. Call our office now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

No one can deny that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Lake County, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can provide a great sense of friendship with others who enjoy the same feelings. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a negligent driver does not respect your safety and injures 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 cannot stand bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and dishonest insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their responsibility. That is why we are constantly filing lawsuits, convincing jury members and demanding full compensation for those harmed through no fault of their own. This injustice needs to be undone, and the Lake County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will see to it that it is. Call us immediately at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until you receive the compensation you are owed.

If you were injured through no fault of your own, find out the value of your claim by using our free personal injury calculator.



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Lake County, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Even though motorcycles make up less than one percent of all traffic miles traveled nationwide, they accounted for four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all fatalities in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to research from the National Safety Council. In the United States, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 died in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle wrecks, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Unfortunately, over 50 percent of those occurred when the motorcycle was going straight ahead, which leads us to believe that the accidents were often due to a car or truck driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Most of the crashes occurred in metropolitan areas, especially on arterial roads.

According to research 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 fatalities in 2017.

The most common season for motorcycle crashes is summer, and half of all wrecks happen between Friday night and Monday morning.

What Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Lake County, IL Do for

A diligent and knowledgeable 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, our team will:

  • Investigate your case and ascertain liability

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all types of auto accidents, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will acquire every bit of evidence available, including insurance policies, dash or helmet cameras, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will use our knowledge of accidents and consult with accident recreation 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 send a settlement letter to the insurance company 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 priority is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Lake County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Lake County and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly because they know that partial compensation is unacceptable to us. bad faith failure to settle so they know we will not give up until you receive everything you are owed.

  • Be responsive and offer sage legal counsel

    Client communication is one of our top priorities. Being injured in a motorcycle accident already causes enough confusion, so you need a law firm that call you back promptly and tell you how your claim is moving forward. We manage all the technical details of your claim so you can focus on your medical treatment and on your family. As your case progresses, we will provide legal counsel based on what we believe is in your best interest. We are always direct about the best possible results for your case or what your chances might be in front of a judge and jury. We believe in what we tell you, but when all is said and done, we know you need to make the best decision for your family and future.

  • Take the fight in front of a judge and jury if we do not secure a fair offer in negotiations

    You need a motorcycle accident lawyer in Lake County, IL that does more than research and fill out paperwork. You need someone who is not afraid to stand up for you in front of a judge and jury and demonstrate the merits of your case. Among the various 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 immediately and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Lake County, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to discover more about the tremendous care and attention we offer our clients.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Lake County, IL?

No two crashes are totally alike, but research reveals some troubling similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

Whatever caused your collision, once you hire us the Lake County, 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 Lake County, IL

As motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other motorists, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just 11.7 percent of Illinois car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that number increases to almost 40 percent of motorcycle drivers and passengers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

No matter how bad your injuries are, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Lake County, IL will see to it that you receive compensation for them.

Lake County, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the calls we get are from people who have often 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:

Does it Matter 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. That is because head injuries account for 41.4 percent of fatal motorcycle injuries.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers always recommend driving safely, including wearing the right equipment when you are on a motorcycle. Still, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, Illinois does not require the use of 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 Lake County, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will not let them get away with it.

Will I Have to Go to Court to Get Compensation for My Motorcycle Injuries?

Most likely, no. 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 Maneuver?

If you performed the maneuver because of another driver's negligence, yes. 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 another motorist was looking at their phone, you you can still hold the other driver accountable because you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

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 make an injury claim. That is why our Lake County, 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 we win your case. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we are confident 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 Lake County, 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 always claim that a lawyer will only cost you more money in the end. If your injury only required an appointment with your primary care doctor the insurance company may cover all your damages just to get the claim out of the way, with more severe injuries that affect your life in greater ways, 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, 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 determined that motorcycle accident lawyers connect people to the full medical treatment they need to recover. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney made any kind of financial recovery, compared to roughly half 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 uncover other liable parties:

  • You can file a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle manufacturer if a defective product such as faulty protective gear 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 problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road contributed to your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured near 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 vital to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with 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 Recover Compensation for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially at Fault?

With the help of a seasoned attorney, yes. It may be true that you were not faultless in an accident somebody else caused. Illinois is referred to 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 mediator determines your injuries are worth $100,000 but that the other driver is only 80 percent to blame for your injuries, you would make a recovery of $80,000.

It is important to mention that according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if you are responsible for 50 percent of your damages.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Lake County, 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 bills, lost wages, possibly disfigurement and emotional scarring as well. You will receive a financial recovery for two types of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are all the money you either spent or lost because of your injuries. That includes any medical expenses like emergency room visits, physical rehabilitation, assistive devices and more. It also includes any wages 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 warehouse worker who can no longer lift over 20 pounds, or if you need vehicle or home modifications 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 general expenses such as having to hire a nanny to take care of your kids while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but basically they are intended to compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you have undergone to having difficulty sleeping. If you used to draw as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Lake County, 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 numerous types of cases, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Lake County, IL

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration 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 the rules of the road for motorcyclists. There are also more advanced courses with advanced turning and emergency falls techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather both creates hazards for you and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Not forgetting about safety equipment — In the event of a collision, protective gear such as helmets and visors specifically made for motorcyclists work wonders in not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it is natural to want to see just how much you and your bike are capable of, we all have a duty to protect ourselves and others on the road. Stay in your lane, drive the speed limit and make sure you are following the regulations set out in 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights no matter what time of day it is. Having a bike and equipment with visibility stripes goes a long way in helping others see you too.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are often unseen on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and more susceptible to road hazards such as uneven pavement. 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. Call a motorcycle crash lawyer in Lake County, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get the best possible results in your claim.

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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Chicago, Illinois | Burger Law

In our three decades years of experience, we have have secured our clients in Lake County and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We know all to well the horrible injuries reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. This too shall pass. With the help of Burger Law's Lake County, 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. Speak directly to a knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer in Lake County, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

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