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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Niles, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Niles, IL. If someone broke the rules of the road and injured you, believe in the compassionate, veteran and dedicated legal representation of Burger Law to defend your rights and demand full compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the vulnerable in Niles 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 Niles, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle offers a sense of freedom and excitement and can provide a close sense of companionship with other bikers. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: you can be robbed of that feeling 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 abhors bullies who think the road belongs to them and resistant insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders responsible. That is why we have dedicated our lives to filing lawsuits, convincing jury members and accepting nothing less than a maximum financial recovery for those harmed through no fault of their own. You deserve justice, and the Niles, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Speak to a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until you get your settlement or verdict check.

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Niles, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle deaths and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only only .06 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, of 3,077 motorcycle collisions, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were deadly, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Regrettably, the majority of those crashes came when a passenger car or truck collided with a motorcycle when the biker was driving in a straight line, which leads us to believe that the accidents were often because of a car or truck driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Most of the crashes occurred in metropolitan areas, especially major city streets.

According to findings from the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the nation in terms of both registered motorcycles and motorcycle crash fatalities.

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 Niles, IL My Claim?

A tenacious and talented motorcycle accident lawyer will fight on your behalf when it seems like everything is going against you. From our first phone call to securing you maximum compensation, our team will:

  • Investigate your claim and determine who is at fault

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine who is responsible. We will gather every bit of evidence available, including insurance policies, pictures, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will use our familiarity with the law and liability and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    Then, 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 demanding full payment. 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.

  • Fight back against the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to minimize your claim as much as they believe that are able to. Our Niles, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure they understand that we will not let them take advantage of you. Insurance companies in Niles and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know that partial compensation is unacceptable to us. 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 work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Niles, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your journey to true recovery.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Niles, IL?

No two crashes are entirely the same, but evaluation of available data paints a stark picture of troubling similarities. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

However your accident unfolded, once you hire us the Niles, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to conduct a thorough investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for injuring you.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Niles, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily flung from their vehicles, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have lifelong consequences. While just over ten percent of Illinois car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that include severe lacerations, broken bones, skull or chest injuries and abdominal injuries — that number goes 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:

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

Niles, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for help never had to go through a claims process 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 approximates 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.

Persuading people to drive safely is an important part of what we do, and that means wearing a helmet if you are on a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that requires motorcycle drivers to wear a helmet. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not to blame. There is no reason for your claim to be affected if you did not wear a helmet.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to trial. According to research 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 Get Compensation if I Was Injured by an Emergency Fall?

If another driver is responsible for your emergency maneuver. Proving a personal injury claim means showing someone was negligent and that their negligence caused the accident that injured you. So if you had no choice but to try an emergency maneuver after a driver tried to merge into your lane without looking, you you still deserve compensation because their negligence caused your injuries.

Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

No one anticipates being injured, and injuries often create unexpected financial hardships. Our Niles, 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. 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 are sure we can put a lot more money into your pocket.
  2. We have no reason to give you the run around.

At Burger Law, our Niles, IL motorcycle crash lawyers will only take on your case if it is in your best interest.

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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 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 more severe injuries that affect your life in greater ways, you will almost certainly get get a higher payout if you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer.

According to the study "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 considering attorneys' fees. The council also found that motorcycle accident lawyers also help people get help people get the full medical treatment they need. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims 91 percent of people with an attorney made any kind of financial recovery, compared to barely over half of people who did not seek legal representation.

Are There Any Third Parties Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the specifics of your accident, but it is very possible that after looking extensively into your case your motorcycle accident lawyer will determine that one or more other parties are liable for your injuries:

  • You can make a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty frames played a part in your injuries.
  • A business can be responsible 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 a road hazard or poorly designed road caused your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction site 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 manufacturer, so it is essential to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who knows 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 who was responsible for what part of the vehicle reaching the market.

Can I Still Recover Compensation for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially Responsible?

With the help of a seasoned attorney, yes. If someone else caused the accident, you may still bear some responsibility for your injuries if you did not follow certain safety protocols. Illinois is classified 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 mediator determines you need $100,000 to reimburse you for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering but that the other driver is only 80 percent to blame for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to remember that according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if your injuries are more than 50 percent your fault.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Niles, 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 hospital bills, lost wages, possibly disfigurement and mental anguish as well. You will receive a financial recovery for two types of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the economic impact of your injuries. That includes all medical expenses like medication, surgeries, assistive devices and more. It also includes any wages you lost from not being able to perform the tasks of your job for a period because of your injuries. In the worst cases, your finances may be impacted in the future 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 consult with economic experts to determine what those costs will be in the future.

Economic damages also cover other costs such as the cost of repairing your motorcycle.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but basically they are intended to compensate you for how your life has been affected in non-financial ways. This can be anything from 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 Niles, 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 have helped the injured throughout Illinois receive compensation for a variety types of cases, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Niles, IL

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration they instill. Being judicious about safety is a must 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. There are also more advanced courses with advanced turning and emergency falls techniques.
  • Planning for the weather — Inclement weather such as rain or snow not only makes your bike harder to control, but affects how well other drivers can see you.
  • Not forgetting about safety equipment — If a collision is unavoidable, safety gear such as helmets and visors specifically manufactured for bikers work wonders in not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Obeying the rules of the road — While it is natural to want to wave in between cars, we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others on the road. Stay in your lane, do not drive too fast and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights no matter what time of day it is. Having a bike and jacket with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are often unseen on the road, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some motorists even drive hostilely around. Pay attention at all times and do not assume others will see you.

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 Niles, 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 Niles and throughout Illinois. We have seen firsthand the damage negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. This too shall pass. Burger Law's Niles, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will not let someone get away with hurting you. We are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest for a reason: we fight until there is nothing left to fight. Contact a seasoned motorcycle accident lawyer in Niles, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.

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