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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Manlius, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Manlius, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, believe in the principled, veteran and aggressive personal injury law firm of Burger Law to protect your future and secure you maximum compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the injured in Manlius and throughout Illinois. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists are not given the same respect other vehicles on the Manlius, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a close sense of companionship with other bikers. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a careless driver does not respect your safety and injures you. You did not ask to be in this situation, but now you are forced to deal with it. 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 responsibility. That is why we spend every day filing lawsuits, convincing jury members and demanding a maximum financial recovery for those hurt by someone else's negligence. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Manlius, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Call us immediately at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until you get your settlement or verdict check.

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



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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Manlius and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of traffic fatalities and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only barely over half a percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to data from the National Safety Council. Nationwide, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 deaths. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle crashes which resulted in 2,404 injuries and 152 deaths, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, the majority of those occurred 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 a car or truck driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Crashes are most common in densely populated areas, especially on arterial roads.

According to the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with 280,322 registered motorcycles, and proportionately was eighth in the country in deaths 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 Manlius, IL My Claim?

A tenacious and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will be your rock when it seems like everything is going against you. From our first phone call to securing you maximum compensation, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and determine which parties are liable for your damages

    We have seen just about every auto accident case imaginable, and know how to determine liability. We will acquire all the necessary evidence, including insurance policies, pictures, police reports and more. Then, we will utilize our knowledge of accidents and network of crash experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held responsible.

  • 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 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 in the millions.

  • Keep the insurance company on their toes

    An insurance adjuster's number one goal is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Manlius, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Manlius and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name because they know we accept nothing but full compensation. bad faith failure to settle so they know we will not yield until you receive everything you are owed.

  • Be responsive and offer sound legal advice

    Client communication is one of our top priorities. Being injured through no fault of your own already causes enough stress, so you need a law firm that answer the phone and let you know when there is an update. We oversee all the technical details of your claim so you can spend your energy on healing. As receive settlement offers, we will offer advice based on our experience. We are always direct about the best possible results for your case or if it is best to proceed to trial. We fight on your behalf, but when all is said and done, your future is in your hands.

  • Take the fight in front of a judge and jury if we have to

    You need a motorcycle accident lawyer in Manlius, IL that does more than investigate and fill out paperwork. You need a trial attorney who will argue on your behalf in a court of law. Among the various 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 without delay and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Manlius, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to find out more about what we can do for you.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Manlius, IL?

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

Whatever caused your collision, once you hire us the Manlius, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to carry out an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your accident.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Manlius, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily flung from their vehicles, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. 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 over a third of motorcycle riders, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

Burger Law's Manlius, IL motorcycle accident lawyers have recovered compensation for people with minor whiplash injuries as well as permanent disabilities like paralysis.

Manlius, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for legal representation never been in an accident 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 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.

Driving safely saves lives, and that means wearing appropriate safety gear when riding a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, Illinois does not require the use of a helmet. That means that there is no basis for blaming you for being negligent under the law. While an insurance company may bring it up in an attempt to devalue your claim, an experienced Manlius, 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?

That is incredibly unlikely. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of tort claims are decided 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 Recover if I Was Injured by an Emergency Maneuver?

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 caused the accident that injured you. So if you were injured because you were forced into an emergency maneuver after a driver did not see you when turning left, you could still pursue a claim because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

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 Manlius, 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 advantages for you:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we truly believe in its merits and that 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 Manlius, IL motorcycle crash lawyers believe that honesty and integrity are as important as any other quality in a law firm.

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

Insurance companies always try to say that a lawyer will only take money out of your pocket in the end. 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 hold the insurance company accountable.

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 considering attorneys' fees. The same research also determined that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney received a payout, compared to roughly half of people without a lawyer.

What Other Parties Can I Hold Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on things such as road conditions, if the driver was operating a vehicle in the course of their employment and motorcycle or car parts, but it is very possible that after a thorough investigation your motorcycle accident lawyer will determine that one or more other parties are liable for your injuries:

  • You can file a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle manufacturer if a defective product such as faulty frames contributed to 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 problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road contributed to your accident.
  • A construction company if you were injured in a construction site if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable danger.

Different laws apply to making claims against different liable parties, so it is vital to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with Illinois statutes and who has won all of these types of cases before. 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 at Fault?

With the help of a seasoned 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 considered 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 economic and noneconomic damages add up to $100,000 but that you are 20 percent to liable for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to mention that according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are barred from receiving compensation if your injuries are more than half your fault.

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

Your injuries affect you in more ways than just physical pain and needing to recover. There are also hospital cost, lost wages, possibly disfigurement and emotional scarring as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is largely broken down into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the financial impact of your injuries. That includes all medical treatments like medication, chiropractic appointments, crutches and more. If you could not fulfill the normal tasks of your job while recovering, you will be compensated for that as well. In the most awful situations, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. For example, if you were a potential professional athlete who now has a career-ending injury, or if you need assistive devices 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 out-of-pocket expenses such as having to put your kids in a daycare while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are harder to define, but basically they are meant 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 having difficulty sleeping. If you painted as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Manlius, 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:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Manlius, IL

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. You can keep you and others as safe as possible by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will help you learn how to stay safe on a motorcycle. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches advanced turning and emergency maneuver techniques.
  • Planning for the weather — Inclement weather both creates hazards for you and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Not forgetting about safety gear — In the event of an accident, safety equipment such as helmets and gloves specifically made for motorcyclists is key to not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it is natural to want to wave in between cars, we all have an obligation to protect ourselves and others on the road. Stay in your lane, drive the speed limit and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights throughout the day. Investing in a bike and gear 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 uneven pavement. Pay attention at all times and do not assume others will be respectful.

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. Call a motorcycle crash lawyer in Manlius, 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 Manlius 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. These trying times will not last forever. With the help of Burger Law's Manlius, 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 fight until there is nothing left to fight. Speak directly to a talented motorcycle accident lawyer in Manlius, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case review.

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