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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Machesney Park, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Machesney Park, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, trust in the honest, experienced and dedicated personal injury law firm of Burger Law to defend your rights and demand a maximum recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have committed their careers the injured in Machesney Park 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 Machesney Park, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can offer a close sense of friendship with others who enjoy the same freedoms. Unfortunately, that can come at a cost: that can all come to a crashing 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 loathes bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dishonest insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders responsible. That is why we have dedicated our lives to filing lawsuits, standing up in trial and demanding full compensation for those injured when they did nothing wrong. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Machesney Park, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney immediately at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until you get your settlement or verdict check.

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Machesney Park, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Even though motorcycles account for less than one percent of total vehicle miles traveled in the country, they made up four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of total deaths in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to research 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 crashes which caused 2,404 injuries and 152 deaths, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Unfortunately, over 50 percent 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 caused by another driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Crashes are most common in metropolitan areas, especially major city streets.

According to the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with over 280,000 registered motorcycles, and proportionately was eighth in the country in deaths in 2017.

Nearly half of fatal motorcycle collisions occur in the summer months, and 50 percent happen on the weekends.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Machesney Park, IL

A meticulous and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will be your rock when you need help the most. From our first phone call to our final victory in a settlement or in court, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

  • Investigate your claim and ascertain which parties are liable for your damages

    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 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 exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held accountable.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    Then, we will consult with medical and economic experts to put a precise dollar amount 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. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be $5,000,000.

  • Stand up to the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Machesney Park, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Machesney Park and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know we know how to get great results. 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 keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Discuss the details of your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Machesney Park, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to learn more about what we can do for you.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Machesney Park, IL?

Every accident is unique, but analysis reveals some troubling similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, trust in the Machesney Park, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to perform 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 Machesney Park, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily flung from their vehicles, the injuries sustained can often be grave and even result in lifelong disability. While just 11.7 percent of Illinois car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that prevents you from walking, driving or otherwise participating in activities you used to be capable of — that number jumps up to almost 40 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 Machesney Park, IL will see to it that you receive compensation for them.

Machesney Park, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for legal representation never had to go through a claims process and therefore do not know what to expect in a motorcycle accident claim. 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 estimates that between 2002 and 2017, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. That is hardly surprising, as 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 appropriate safety gear when riding a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that requires motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. 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 My Case Go to Trial?

That is incredibly unlikely. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 civil lawsuits are resolved by a jury. 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 Fall?

If you performed the maneuver because another driver broke the rules of the road, yes. Proving a personal injury claim means showing someone was negligent and that their negligence led to your damages. So if your performed your emergency maneuver after a driver tried to merge into your lane without looking, you could still pursue a claim 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. That is why our Machesney Park, IL motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means we take a percentage of your final compensation as our fees. You pay nothing upfront. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we are confident we believe your damages are worth much more than what the insurance company is currently offering.
  2. We will always be straight with you.

At Burger Law, our Machesney Park, IL motorcycle crash lawyers work for you, the injured, and only you.

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Will I Pay a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer More Money Than It Is Worth?

Insurance companies always try to say that a lawyer will only cost you more money in the end. If your injury only required an appointment with your primary care doctor it is true that we may not be able to add much value to your claim, with more severe injuries that have higher medical bills and cause more pain and suffering, 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, 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 council also concluded that motorcycle accident lawyers are integral in getting the full medical treatment they need to recover. According to respondents in a different survey over nine in 10 respondents who hired a lawyer got compensation, compared to barely over half 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 conclude that there are other parties you can make a claim against:

  • You can file a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty brakes caused your injuries.
  • A business can owe you compensation for your injuries if they were caused by bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A local, state or federal government if a road hazard or poorly designed road caused your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction zone if important safety measures were not implemented.

Different laws apply to making claims against different liable parties, so it is essential to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who is well-versed in Illinois statutes and who is not afraid to go after every liable party. 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 to Blame?

Yes. It may be true that you were not faultless in an accident somebody else caused. 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 you need $100,000 to reimburse you for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering but that you are 20 percent to liable for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to mention that pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are barred from receiving compensation if you were more than 50 percent to blame.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Machesney Park, IL Motorcycle Accident?

You deserve a financial recovery for more than just the fact that your were inconvenienced by an accident. There are also medical expenses, consequences for your ability to make a living, 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 bills like emergency room visits, chiropractic appointments, crutches and more. If you could not work while recovering, you will get that money back as well. In the worst cases, you may have future economic damages as well. Such as if you were a landscaper who is now confined to a wheelchair, or if you need a wheelchair 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 having to put your kids in a daycare while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but basically they are intended 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 bringing in the groceries. If you used to play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Machesney Park, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will demand that your recovery reflects that.

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

Machesney Park, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

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 how to stay safe on a motorcycle. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches advanced turning and emergency braking techniques.
  • Planning for the weather — Inclement weather both makes your bike less stable and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Using the right safety equipment — If a crash is unavoidable, safety equipment such as helmets and jackets specifically made for motorcyclists is key to preventing injuries.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it is natural to want to stretch your freedom, the rules are meant to keep everyone safe, including you. Stay in your lane, ride at an appropriate speed and make sure your bike is compliant with other regulations set out in 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Staying visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights throughout the day. Investing in a bike and equipment with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are hard for other drivers to see on the road, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some motorists even drive hostilely around. Prioritize your safety at all times and do not assume others will see you.

Of course, you can still become injured through no fault of your own. That is what we are here for. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in Machesney Park, 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 30 years of experience, we have represented hundreds of clients in Machesney Park and throughout Illinois. We know all to well the damage reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. This too shall pass. Burger Law's Machesney Park, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will balance the scales of justice and deliver a full financial recovery. It is not an accident 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 their cases mean something to us. Speak directly to a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer in Machesney Park, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case review.

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