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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Morris, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Morris, IL. If someone did not respect your safety and injured you, believe in the honest, seasoned and dedicated personal injury law firm of Burger Law to protect your future and secure you full compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the injured in Morris 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 Morris, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can provide a close sense of fellowship with others who enjoy the same feelings. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: that can all come to a crashing halt when a careless driver fails to notice 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 despises bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dubious insurance companies that try to avoid their duty. That is why we are constantly filing lawsuits, standing up in trial and accepting nothing less than a maximum financial recovery for those injured by someone else's negligence. You deserve justice, and the Morris, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until we win your claim.

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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Morris, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle deaths and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only barely over half a percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to the National Safety Council. In the United States, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 deaths. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle accidents which resulted in 2,404 injuries and 152 deaths, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over 50 percent of those crashes came when the motorcycle was going straight ahead, which leads us to believe that the accidents were often due to another driver was not looking out for bikers. Most of the crashes occurred in urban areas, especially major city streets.

According to data from 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.

Almost half of fatal motorcycle accidents occur in the between June and September, and half happen between Friday night and Monday morning.

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

A tenacious and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will do what needs to be done when you need help the most. From our first phone call to the day you receive your payment, we 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 determine the causes of accidents. We will acquire every bit of evidence available, including insurance policies, surveillance footage, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will utilize our familiarity with the law and liability and network of crash experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine the value of your claim

    Then, we will consult with doctors and financial experts to put a precise figure on your injuries, and immediately inform the insurance company that you expect to be fully compensated. 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 priority is to diminish your claim to the fullest extent they can. Our Morris, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Morris and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know how tough we are. 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 without delay and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Morris, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your journey to true healing.

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

No two crashes are totally alike, but research reveals some common scenarios that lead to motorcyclists being put in harm's way when other people break the rules. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

However your accident unfolded, once you hire us the Morris, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to conduct a thorough investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your accident.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Morris, IL

As motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, the injuries sustained can often be severe and sometimes result in permanent disability. While just one in ten people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that include severe lacerations, fractures, skull or chest injuries and abdominal injuries — that number jumps up to almost 40 percent of motorcycle riders, 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 Morris, IL is here to fight for you and make sure the insurance company cannot minimize the impact of your damages.

Morris, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never had to go through a claims process and naturally have questions about how a motorcycle accident claim works. Below are the answers to many of the questions our clients ask us:

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

The National Safety Council found that over a recent 15 year period, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. That is hardly surprising, as head injuries are the number one cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

Persuading people to drive safely is an important part of what we do, and that means wearing the right equipment when you are on a motorcycle. However, 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 liable. While defense lawyer may bring it up in an attempt to devalue your claim, an experienced Morris, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will set them straight.

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

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to court. According to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of 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 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 were injured because you were forced into an emergency maneuver because someone was driving erratically, you you can still hold the other driver liable because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to deal with being injured because somebody else broke the rules. Our Morris, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, instead of an hourly fee. 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 genuinely 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 Morris, 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 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 you can usually get a fair settlement without an attorney, with more severe injuries that affect your life in greater ways, 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 the contingency fee has been paid. The same study also determined that motorcycle accident lawyers connect people to the full medical treatment they need. Another study concluded that 91 percent of people with an attorney got compensation, compared to barely over half of people without an attorney.

Are There Any Third Parties 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 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 tires caused your injuries.
  • A commercial company can be held liable for their driver's actions 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 they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable risk harm.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a company, so it is crucial 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 Responsible?

With the help of an experienced 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 you are owed $100,000 in damages 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 barred from receiving compensation if you were more than 50 percent to blame.

What Compensation Can I Receive for My Morris, 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 mental anguish as well. You will compensated for two types of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the economic impact of your injuries. That includes any medical treatments like follow up doctors' appointments, physical rehabilitation, assistive devices and more. It also includes any earnings you lost from not being able to perform the tasks of your job for a period because of your injuries. In severe cases, you may have future economic damages as well. Such as if you can only safely work 20 hours a week now, or if you need vehicle or home modifications that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we work with our network of economic experts to adjust for inflation and rising costs of medical care.

Economic damages also provide reimbursement for general expenses such as Ubers or bus fare to and from medical appointments.

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 feel to not being able to enjoy your favorite activities like you used to. If you used to draw as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Morris, 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:

Morris, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when not driven properly. 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 braking techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather both creates hazards for you and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Wearing safety equipment — If a crash is unavoidable, safety equipment such as helmets and boots specifically designed for motorcyclists go a long way in 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. Avoid weaving in between cars, ride at an appropriate velocity 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 throughout the day. Having a bike and clothing with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • 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 potholes. Pay attention 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 when Burger Law steps in. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Morris, 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 Morris and throughout Illinois. We have seen firsthand the horrible injuries reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. You do not have to go through this alone. With the help of Burger Law's Morris, 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 do not back down. Contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Morris, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case review.

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