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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Montgomery, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Montgomery, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, believe in the compassionate, veteran and aggressive personal injury law firm of Burger Law to stand by your side and demand the best possible compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have committed their careers the vulnerable in Montgomery and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

No one can deny that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Montgomery, IL roads. Riding 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, there can be a price to pay: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a negligent driver fails to see 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 cannot stand bullies who think the road belongs to them and dubious insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their obligations. That is why we are constantly litigating cases, trying cases and demanding a maximum financial recovery for those harmed through no fault of their own. You deserve justice, and the Montgomery, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Speak to a qualified attorney immediately at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until we win your claim.

If you were injured because of someone else's negligence, find out how much your claim may be worth by using our free personal injury calculator.



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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Montgomery and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle deaths 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. In the entire country, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 perished in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle crashes which resulted in 2,404 injuries and 152 fatalities, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Regrettably, over 50 percent of those occurred when the motorcycle was going straight ahead, which means the accidents were often because of another driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Crashes are most common in densely populated areas, especially on arterial roads.

According to data from the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with 280,322 registered motorcycles, and fittingly was eighth in the country in fatalities in 2017.

Just under 50 percent of fatal motorcycle wrecks occur in the summer months, and half occur between Friday night and Monday morning.

What Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Montgomery, IL Do for

A diligent and talented motorcycle accident lawyer will be your rock when you need help the most. From initial consultation to the day you receive your payment, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

  • Investigate your accident and ascertain liability

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all categories of auto accidents, and know how to determine liability. We will gather every bit of evidence available, including insurance policies, dash or helmet cameras, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will rely on our knowledge of accidents and consult with accident recreation experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • 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 the insurance company on your behalf informing them that we will settle for nothing less than the maximum compensation. 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.

  • Fight back against the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Montgomery, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Montgomery and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know that partial compensation is unacceptable to us. bad faith failure to settle so they know we will not back down until you make a full recovery.

  • Be responsive and offer wise legal advice

    We pride ourselves on our communication with our clients. Being injured in a motorcycle accident already leads to enough uncertainty, so you need a law firm that call you back promptly and tell you how your claim is moving forward. We handle all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on your medical treatment and on your family. As receive settlement offers, we will recommend certain actions based on our experience. We will never be coy about whether or not we believe you can get more money 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 your case to trial if we have to

    You need a motorcycle accident lawyer in Montgomery, IL that does more than consult with experts 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 numerous 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 working on your case right away and work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Montgomery, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to find out more about what we can do for you.

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

Every accident is unique, but analysis reveals some common scenarios that lead to motorcyclists being injured when other people break the rules. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, trust in the Montgomery, 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 Montgomery, IL

As motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, the injuries sustained can often be significant and sometimes cause permanent disability. While just 11.7 percent of Illinois passenger 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 percentage jumps up to over a third 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:

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

Montgomery, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for legal representation never had to hire an attorney before and therefore do not know what to expect in a motorcycle accident claim. Some of the most common questions we get are:

Can I Still Get Compensation if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council found that over the course of 15 years in the early 2000s, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. Indeed, head injuries account for 41.4 percent of fatal motorcycle injuries.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers always recommend driving safely, including 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. 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 Montgomery, 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 decided by a trial verdict. Settlements are usually favorable to both parties, as long as you have a great lawyer on your side.

Can I Still Get Compensation if I Was Injured by an Emergency Maneuver?

If you performed the maneuver because of another driver's negligence, yes. 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 someone was driving erratically, you could still pursue a claim because their negligence caused your injuries.

Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

No one anticipates being injured, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to make an injury claim. Our Montgomery, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, instead of an hourly fee. You pay nothing upfront. Beyond easier access to quality legal representation, there are two other advantages for you:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we genuinely believe in its merits and that we can add significant value to it.
  2. You will not receive any empty promises.

At Burger Law, our Montgomery, 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 claim that a lawyer will only take money out of your pocket in the end. If your injury only required an appointment with your primary care doctor you can usually get a fair settlement without an attorney, with injuries that require more extensive medical treatment and more time off work, you will almost always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to be truly compensated.

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 the contingency fee has been paid. The council also concluded that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. According to respondents in a different survey 91 percent of people with an attorney got compensation, compared to roughly half of people who did not seek legal representation.

Is Anybody Besides the Other Driver Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on things such as road conditions, if the driver was driving in relation to their job and motorcycle or car parts, but motorcycle accident lawyers often uncover other liable parties:

  • You can file a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty steering systems played a part in your injuries.
  • A commercial company can be responsible 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 your injuries could have been avoided were it not for the a defect in the design of a road, or if they did not fix a known road hazard.
  • 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 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 Make a Recovery for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially to Blame?

With the help of an aggressive 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 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 at fault for your injuries, you would be awarded $80,000.

It is important to remember that under 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if you were more than half to blame.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Montgomery, 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 mental hardships as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is largely broken down 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 therapy, assistive devices and more. If you could not fulfill the normal tasks of your job while recovering, you will get that money back as well. In the worst cases, 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 a joint replacement that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we consult with economic experts to adjust for inflation and rising costs of medical care.

Economic damages also cover general expenses such as the cost of fixing your motorcycle.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but essentially compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can include the physical pain and suffering you have experienced to not being able to enjoy your favorite activities like you used to. If you painted as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Montgomery, 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 take on a variety types of cases, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Montgomery, IL

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration they instill. Being meticulous about safety is a must on a motorcycle. The best ways to reduce the risk of accident and injury is by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will help you learn how to use good judgment 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 results in slippery roads and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Not forgetting about safety equipment — In the event of a crash, safety equipment such as helmets and jackets specifically made for motorcyclists work wonders in not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Following the rules of the road — 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, do not drive too fast and make sure your bike is compliant with other regulations set out in 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Staying visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights throughout the day. Investing in a bike and clothing with visibility stripes helps other drivers be aware to your presence.
  • 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 poorly places signs. Keep an eye out at all times and do not assume that others see you or are looking out for your safety.

Of course, do everything right and still pay the price when someone else breaks the rules of the road. That is what we are here for. Call a motorcycle crash lawyer in Montgomery, 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 represented hundreds of clients in Montgomery and throughout Illinois. We have seen up close the damage reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. This too shall pass. With the help of Burger Law's Montgomery, 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 always get great results for our clients. Call a tenacious motorcycle accident lawyer in Montgomery, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case review.

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