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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident North Chicago, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in North Chicago, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, count on the honest, seasoned and aggressive legal advocacy of Burger Law to protect your future and demand a complete recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have dedicated their careers those who need help in North Chicago and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists all but invisible on the North Chicago, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle offers relieves tension and stress and can offer a close sense of camaraderie with others who enjoy the same freedoms. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: that can all come to a screeching 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 cannot stand bullies who think the road belongs to them and dishonest insurance companies that try to avoid their responsibility. That is why we are constantly investigating claims, convincing jury members and demanding full compensation for those harmed by someone else's poor decisions. This injustice needs to be undone, and the North Chicago, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney now at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until we win your claim.

If another person broke the rules and injured you, find out how much your injuries may be worth by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.



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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in North Chicago and Illinois?

Even though motorcycles make up only .06 percent of total vehicle miles traveled in the country, they accounted for four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all fatalities in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to the National Safety Council. In the United States, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 died in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle crashes, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, the majority of those happened 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 was not looking out for bikers. Wrecks happen most frequently in densely populated areas, especially on arterial roads.

According to research 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 deaths in 2017.

Almost 50 percent of deadly motorcycle accidents occur in the summer months, and half occur on the weekends.

How Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in North Chicago, IL My Claim?

A meticulous and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will be your rock when you need help the most. From our first phone call to the day you receive your payment, our team will:

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

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all categories of auto accidents, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will gather every type of evidence we can, including how much coverage is available, dash or helmet cameras, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will rely on our experience and consult with accident recreation experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held accountable.

  • Determine how much your case is worth

    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 you be paid for all of the compensation you are owed. 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. Some successful resolutions end up being tens of thousands of dollars, while others can reach the millions.

  • Keep the insurance company on their toes

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to minimize your claim to the fullest extent they can. Our North Chicago, IL motorcycle accident lawyers do not let them get away with it. Insurance companies in North Chicago 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 give up until you receive everything you are owed.

  • Be responsive and offer wise legal advice

    We are firm believers in providing our clients with clear and timely communication. Being injured through no fault of your own already causes enough worry, so you need a law firm that will consistently be by your side. We manage all documentation, negotiation and litigation so you can spend your energy on healing. As your case progresses, we will offer advice based on what we believe is in your best interest. We will never be dishonest about whether or not we believe you can get more money or what your chances might be in front of a judge and jury. We know what we believe is best, but when all is said and done, we know you need to make the best decision for your family and future.

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

    While most claims settle out of court, you may need a motorcycle accident lawyer in North Chicago, IL who knows how to win trials. You need a trial attorney who will argue on your behalf in a court of law. Among the many awards, honors and accolades that Burger Law has 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 working on your claim without delay and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in North Chicago, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to find out more about the tremendous care and attention we offer our clients.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in North Chicago, IL?

No two crashes are completely alike, but analysis illuminates some troubling similarities. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

Whatever caused your collision, trust in the North Chicago, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to conduct a full investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in North Chicago, IL

As motorcyclists are are not protected by doors, roofs and airbags, the injuries sustained can often be severe and even cause permanent disability. While just over ten percent of people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that figure increases to 36 percent of motorcycle drivers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

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

North Chicago, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never had to hire an attorney before and naturally have questions about the motorcycle accident claim process. Below are the answers to many of the questions people ask us:

Does it Matter 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 account for 41.4 percent of fatal motorcycle injuries.

Driving safely saves lives, and that means wearing appropriate safety gear when riding a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, it is not illegal to drive a motorcycle without a helmet in Illinois. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not at-fault. While an insurance company may bring it up in an attempt to devalue your claim, an experienced North Chicago, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will tell them that they know that is nonsense.

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

Most likely, no. According to research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 tort claims are resolved by a jury. With a strong attorney on your side, the insurance company will not want to go into a lengthy trial they are likely to lose.

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

If you performed the maneuver because another driver broke the rules of the road, 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 you were injured because you were forced into an emergency maneuver because another motorist was looking at their phone, you you still deserve compensation because you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

What if I Do Not Have the Money to Pay for a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

We know that injuries are always unexpected, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to make an injury claim. Our North Chicago, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, not an hourly fee. 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 will only agree to take on your case if we are confident 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 North Chicago, 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 Just End Up Losing Out on Money if I Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Insurance companies love telling injured people that an attorney is not in their best interest. If your injury only required a quick trip to the emergency room 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 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 the contingency fee has been paid. The council also found that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. An additional study reported that over nine in 10 respondents who hired a lawyer made any kind of financial recovery, compared to only 51 percent 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 operating a vehicle in the course of their employment and motorcycle or car parts, but it is very possible that after looking extensively into your case your motorcycle accident lawyer will conclude that one or more other parties are liable for your injuries:

  • You can make a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle manufacturer if a defective product such as faulty frames played a part in your injuries.
  • A business can be held liable 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 problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road caused your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured near a construction zone if important safety measures were not implemented.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a government entity, so it is imperative to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with Illinois statutes and who is not afraid to go after every liable party. 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. If someone else caused the accident, you may still bear some responsibility for your injuries if you did not follow certain safety measures. 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 fact-finder determines you need $100,000 to reimburse you for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering but that you are 20 percent to liable 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 not eligible for compensation if you are responsible for half of your damages.

What Compensation Can I Receive for My North Chicago, IL Motorcycle Accident?

You deserve a financial recovery for more than just the fact that your were inconvenienced by an accident. There are also hospital cost, consequences for your ability to work, possibly disability 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 financial impact of your injuries. That includes any medical bills like follow up doctors' appointments, surgeries, 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 the most awful situations, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. For example, if you can only safely work 20 hours a week now, or if you need a knee replacement that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we work with our network of economic experts to determine what those costs will be in the future.

Economic damages also provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses such as the cost of repairing your motorcycle.

Noneconomic damages are harder to define, but basically they are intended to compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. 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 North Chicago, 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 numerous types of cases, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in North Chicago, IL

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration they instill. Being thorough about safety is a must on a motorcycle. Some important steps to take to stay safe include:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will instill in you how to stay safe on a motorcycle. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches advanced turning and emergency falls techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather both creates hazards for you and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Not forgetting about safety gear — In the event of a crash, safety gear such as helmets and jackets specifically made for motorcyclists go a long way in preventing injuries.
  • Following traffic laws — While it may seem fun to test your limits, we all have a duty to keep the roads safe. Stay in your lane, ride at an appropriate velocity and make sure you are following the regulations set out in the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights throughout the day. Having a bike and equipment 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 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 North Chicago, 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 North Chicago and throughout Illinois. We know all to well the devastation reckless drivers 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 North Chicago, 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 respect our clients, we fight hard for our clients and we take their cases personally. Call an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in North Chicago, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary consultation.

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