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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Northlake, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Northlake, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, rely on the honest, accomplished and tenacious legal advocacy of Burger Law to protect your future and demand maximum compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have pledged their careers the vulnerable in Northlake and throughout Illinois. Call a qualified attorney 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 Northlake, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle provides a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can offer a great sense of camaraderie with others who enjoy the same freedoms. Unfortunately, that can come at a cost: you can be robbed of that feeling when a negligent driver does not respect your safety and injures you. You should not have to pay for another person's recklessness. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team abhors bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness 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 full compensation for those harmed through no fault of their own. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Northlake, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Call us immediately at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until you receive the compensation you are owed.

If another person broke the rules and injured you, find out the value of your claim by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.



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Northlake, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle fatalities and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only only .06 percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to research from the National Safety Council. Nationwide, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 fatalities. 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, over half of those happened when the motorcycle was driving straight, which leads us to believe that the accidents were often due to another driver was not looking out for bikers. Wrecks happen most frequently in densely populated areas, especially around tolls.

According to the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with over 280,000 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 between Friday night and Monday morning.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Northlake, IL

A tenacious and talented motorcycle accident lawyer will be your rock when no one else will. From the first time we meet to securing you maximum compensation, we will:

  • Investigate your case and ascertain liability

    We have seen just about every auto accident case imaginable, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will obtain all the necessary evidence, including insurance policies, dash or helmet cameras, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will utilize our knowledge of accidents and consult with accident recreation experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held responsible.

  • 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. How much you are owed depends on the specifics of your case. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be $5,000,000.

  • Keep the insurance company honest

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Northlake, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Northlake and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know we accept nothing but full compensation. bad faith failure to settle so they know we will not give up until you get the best possible compensation.

  • Be responsive and offer sound legal advice

    Client communication is one of our top priorities. Being injured through no fault of your own already leads to enough doubt, so you need a law firm that will consistently keep you updated on the status of your claim. We oversee all the technical details of your claim so you can focus on healing. As your case progresses, we will offer advice based on what we believe is in your best interest. We are always honest about whether or not we believe you can get more money or if we need to take the fight to court to get what you deserve. We fight on your behalf, but when all is said and done, your future is in your hands.

  • Take your case 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 Northlake, IL who knows how to win trials. 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 various 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 work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Northlake, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your journey to true recovery.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Northlake, IL?

Every accident is different, but research indicates some concerning similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

However your accident unfolded, you can be sure the Northlake, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will carry out an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your accident.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Northlake, IL

As motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other motorists, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have permanent consequences. While just one in ten 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 percentage goes up to over a third of motorcycle drivers and passengers, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. 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 Northlake, IL is here to fight for you and make sure the insurance company cannot minimize the impact of your damages.

Northlake, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never had to go through a claims process and are not entirely sure how a motorcycle accident claim works. 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 between 2002 and 2017, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. That is hardly surprising, as head injuries account for 41.4 percent of fatal motorcycle injuries.

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, it is not illegal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet in Illinois. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not at-fault. 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 court. According to research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of civil lawsuits are decided 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?

In most cases, you can still obtain a recovery even if another driver did not directly hit you. 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 had no choice but to try an emergency maneuver because a driver tried to merge into your lane without looking, you you still deserve compensation because you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and injuries often create unexpected financial hardships. That is why our Northlake, IL motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means we take a percentage of your final compensation as our fees. We only get paid once you are fairly compensated. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we are sure we can add significant value to it.
  2. You will not receive any empty promises.

At Burger Law, our Northlake, IL motorcycle crash lawyers work for you, the injured, and only you.

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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. 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 certainly get more money if you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer.

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 found that motorcycle accident lawyers connect people to the full medical treatment they need to recover. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney made any kind of financial recovery, compared to only 51 percent of people without an attorney.

What Other Parties Can I Hold Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the specifics of your accident, but motorcycle accident lawyers often uncover other liable parties:

  • You can file a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty handlebars caused your injuries.
  • A business can owe you compensation for their driver's negligence if you were injured in a bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government entity if a road hazard or poorly designed road contributed to your accident.
  • A construction company if you were injured near a construction zone if they did not securely zone it off.

The claims and lawsuit process can vary greatly when it involves different types of defendants, so it is essential to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who is well-versed in 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 Make a Recovery for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially to Blame?

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 classified as a "modified comparative fault" state. That means that compensation is still available if you were partially to blame for your accident, but the amount will be less depending on how much you contributed to it. For example, if a jury 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 at fault 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 half your fault.

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

Your injuries affect you in more ways than just physical pain and needing to recover. There are also medical cost, time lost from work, 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 all medical bills like follow up doctors' appointments, chiropractic appointments, crutches and more. It also includes any wages you lost from not being able to work for a period while recovering. In the most awful situations, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. Such as if you were a landscaper who is now confined to a wheelchair, or if you need a knee replacement 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 provide reimbursement for general expenses such as the cost of fixing your motorcycle.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but essentially compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. 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 used to draw as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Northlake, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will demand that your recovery reflects that.

Our motorcycle crash and personal injury lawyers have helped the injured throughout Illinois receive compensation for numerous types of cases, including:

Northlake, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration they instill. Being thorough 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 instill in you how to stay safe on a motorcycle. There are also more advanced courses with advanced turning and emergency maneuver techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather both creates hazards for you and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Wearing safety equipment — In the event of a collision, safety equipment such as helmets and gloves specifically designed for bikers go a long way in preventing injuries.
  • Following the rules of the road — While it may be tempting to stretch your freedom, the rules are meant to keep everyone safe, including you. Pay close attention to your surroundings, ride at an appropriate speed and make sure your bike is compliant with other regulations set out in 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights no matter what time of day it is. 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, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some drivers even drive hostilely around. Pay attention at all times and do not assume others will see 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 Northlake, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get maximum compensation.

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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Chicago, Illinois | Burger Law

In our three decades years of experience, we have have secured our clients in Northlake and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We know all to well the horrible injuries reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. You do not have to go through this alone. Burger Law's Northlake, 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 respect our clients, we fight hard for our clients and we take their cases personally. Contact a talented motorcycle accident lawyer in Northlake, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

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