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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident New Lenox, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in New Lenox, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, trust in the empathetic, seasoned and committed legal advocacy of Burger Law to defend your rights and secure you the best possible compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have pledged their careers those who need help in New Lenox and throughout Illinois. Call a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the New Lenox, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle provides relieves tension and stress and can offer a great sense of companionship with other bikers. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: that can all come to a screeching 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 despises bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and resistant insurance companies that try to avoid their duty. That is why we work tirelessly litigating cases, standing up in trial and accepting nothing less than a maximum financial recovery for those who sustain damages when they did nothing wrong. You deserve justice, and the New Lenox, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will get it for you. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney 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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New Lenox, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Despite the fact that motorcycles account for barely over half a percent of all traffic miles traveled in the United States, they accounted for four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of total fatalities in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to data from the National Safety Council. Nationwide, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 passed away in motorcycle crashes. 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. Regrettably, the majority of those occurred when the motorcycle was going in a straight line, which means the accidents were often because of another driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Crashes are most common in urban areas, especially on arterial roads.

According to findings from the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with close to 300,000 registered motorcycles, and proportionately was eighth in the country in fatalities in 2017.

The most common season for motorcycle crashes is summer, and half of all wrecks happen on the weekends.

How Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in New Lenox, IL My Claim?

A prudent and talented motorcycle accident lawyer will be your legal advocate when you need help the most. From initial consultation to our final victory in a settlement or in court, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

  • Investigate your case and determine liability

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will acquire all the necessary evidence, including how much coverage is available, dash or helmet cameras, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will utilize our familiarity with the law and liability and network of crash experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine how much your case is worth

    Next, we will consult with doctors and financial experts to put an exact dollar amount on your injuries, and send a settlement letter to the insurance company demanding that you receive all of it. How much you receive depends on a variety of factors. Some successful resolutions end up being tens of thousands of dollars, while others can reach the millions.

  • Stand up to the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's number one goal is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our New Lenox, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in New Lenox and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly because they know we accept nothing but full compensation. bad faith failure to settle so they know we will not back down until you receive everything you are owed.

  • Be responsive and offer sage legal advice

    We are firm believers in providing our clients with clear and timely communication. Being injured in a motorcycle accident already causes enough confusion, so you need a law firm that answer the phone and tell you when anything has changed. We manage all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on your medical treatment and on your family. As communicate with the insurance company, we will recommend certain actions based on what we believe to be your best path forward. We are always straightforward about what we believe a fair settlement is or if we need to take the fight to court to get what you deserve. We know what we believe is best, but in the end, your future is in your hands.

  • Take your case to trial if we do not secure a fair offer in negotiations

    While most claims settle out of court, you may need a motorcycle accident lawyer in New Lenox, IL who knows how to win over a jury. You need someone who will argue on your behalf in a court of law. Among the myriad 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 claim without delay and work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in New Lenox, 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 New Lenox, IL?

No two crashes are completely the same, but evaluation of historical data indicates some concerning similarities. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

Whatever caused your collision, you can be sure the New Lenox, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will perform a full investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your accident.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in New Lenox, IL

As motorcyclists are are not protected by doors, roofs and airbags, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have lifelong consequences. While just over ten percent of people injured in car accidents 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 figure jumps up to over a third of motorcycle riders, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

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

New Lenox, 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 are not entirely sure the motorcycle accident claim process. Below are the answers to many of the questions people ask us:

Do I Still Have a Case if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council reports that over the course of 15 years in the early 2000s, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. Indeed, head injuries are the most common fatal injury in motorcycle crashes.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers always recommend driving safely, including 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. There is no reason for your claim to be affected if you did not wear a helmet.

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

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to court. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 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 Fall?

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 led to your damages. So if you had no choice but to try an emergency maneuver because another motorist was looking at their phone, you could still pursue a claim because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

No one anticipates being injured, and injuries often create sudden financial hardships. Our New Lenox, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, instead of an hourly fee. You pay nothing upfront. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we truly believe in its merits and that we can add significant value to it.
  2. You can trust that we are not inflating our earnings with busy work.

At Burger Law, our New Lenox, IL motorcycle crash lawyers believe that honesty and integrity are as important as any other quality in a law firm.

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

Insurance companies love telling injured people that an attorney is not in their best interest. 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 keep the insurance company honest.

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 we take our percentage. The same research also found that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. A second study reported that 91 percent of people with an attorney received a payout, compared to roughly half of people without an attorney.

Is Anybody Besides the Other Driver 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 fuel systems caused your injuries.
  • A business 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 problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road caused your accident.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction site if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable risk harm.

The claims and lawsuit process can vary greatly when it involves different types of defendants, so it is crucial to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who knows Illinois statutes and who has won all of these types of cases before. 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 an aggressive 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 what is known 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 jury determines you are owed $100,000 in damages but that the other driver is only 80 percent at fault 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 are responsible for half of your damages.

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

Your injuries affect you in more ways than just physical pain and needing to recover. There are also medical bills, time lost from work, possibly disfigurement and emotional scarring as well. Compensation in personal injury claims falls into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the economic impact of your injuries. That includes all medical treatments like follow up doctors' appointments, surgeries, assistive devices and more. It also includes any earnings you lost from not being able to work for a period because of your injuries. In the most awful situations, 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 assistive devices 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 compensate you for other costs such as having to put your kids in a daycare while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are harder to define, but essentially compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can include the physical pain and suffering you have undergone to not being able to enjoy your favorite activities like you used to. If you enjoyed biking on the weekends but now your knee clicks, Burger Law's New Lenox, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure you are compensated for 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 New Lenox, 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. You can keep you and others as safe as possible 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 such as rain or snow not only makes your bike harder to control, but decreases how visible you are to other drivers.
  • Wearing safety equipment — In the event of a crash, safety gear such as helmets and visors specifically made for motorcyclists is key to preventing injuries.
  • Adhering to traffic laws — While it may seem fun to test your limits, we all have an obligation to protect ourselves and others on the road. Stay in your lane, do not drive too fast 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 jacket with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are occasionally invisible on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and more susceptible to road hazards such as poorly places signs. Pay attention 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 what we are here for. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in New Lenox, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get maximum compensation.

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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 New Lenox and throughout Illinois. We have seen firsthand the horrible injuries other people 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 New Lenox, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will not let someone get away with hurting you. It is not an accident that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we fight until there is nothing left to fight. Contact a veteran motorcycle accident lawyer in New Lenox, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

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