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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Ogle County, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Ogle County, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, rely on the honest, experienced and committed legal representation of Burger Law to defend your rights and secure you maximum compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the vulnerable in Ogle County and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists all but invisible on the Ogle County, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can provide a close sense of camaraderie with other bikers. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: you can be robbed of that feeling when a negligent driver causes you to crash. You should not have to pay for another person's recklessness. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team loathes bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and resistant insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their responsibility. That is why we spend every day litigating cases, standing up in trial and demanding full compensation for those hurt through no fault of their own. You deserve justice, and the Ogle County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will get it for you. Speak to a qualified attorney today at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until we win your claim.

If you were injured because of someone else's negligence, find out the value of your claim by using our free personal injury calculator.



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Ogle County, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Even though motorcycles make up only .06 percent of all traffic miles traveled in the United States, they made up four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all deaths in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to the National Safety Council. Nationwide, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 died in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle collisions, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over half of those occurred when the motorcycle was driving straight, insinuating that the accidents were often due to another driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Most of the crashes occurred in urban areas, especially major city streets.

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

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

Why You Need a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Ogle County, IL

A prudent and committed motorcycle accident lawyer will stand by your side when you need help the most. From initial consultation to securing you maximum compensation, our team will:

  • Investigate your claim and determine who is at fault

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all categories of auto accidents, and know how to determine fault. 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 familiarity with the law and liability and network of crash experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    Then, we will consult with medical and financial experts to put a precise dollar amount on your injuries, and write the insurance company on your behalf informing them that we will settle for nothing less than the maximum compensation. How much you receive depends on the specifics of your case. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be $5,000,000.

  • Fight back against the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Ogle County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Ogle County and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly because they know we accept nothing but full compensation. 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 investigating your accident and communicating with the insurance company without delay and do not stop until you are awarded the best possible recovery. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Ogle County, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your journey to true recovery.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Ogle County, IL?

Every accident is its own beast, but data paints a stark picture of troubling similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

However your accident unfolded, you can be sure the Ogle County, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will conduct a thorough investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Ogle County, IL

As motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, the injuries sustained can often be significant and sometimes lead to lifelong disability. While just one in ten Illinois passenger car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that include severe lacerations, broken bones, skull or chest injuries and abdominal injuries — that percentage increases to 36 percent of motorcycle riders, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

Whatever the extent of your or your loved one's injuries, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Ogle County, IL is here to fight for you and make sure the insurance company cannot minimize the impact of your damages.

Ogle County, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never had to hire an attorney before and are not entirely sure how a motorcycle accident claim works. Some of the most common questions we get are:

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

The National Safety Council estimates that between 2002 and 2017, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. Indeed, head injuries are the number one cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

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

Will My Case Go to Trial?

Most likely, no. According to research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 tort claims are decided by a jury. 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 Maneuver?

If another driver made you do the emergency fall. Proving a personal injury claim means showing someone was negligent and that their negligence caused the accident that injured you. So if you were injured because you were forced into an emergency maneuver after someone was driving erratically, you could still pursue a claim because their negligence caused your injuries.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and the economic burden of medical bills and lost wages is often immediately severe. Our Ogle County, 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 will only agree to take on your case if we are confident we believe your damages are worth much more than what the insurance company is currently offering.
  2. You will not receive any empty promises.

At Burger Law, our Ogle County, 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. While in some cases with mild injuries you can usually get a fair settlement on your own, 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 a paper called "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 council also concluded that motorcycle accident lawyers connect people to the full medical treatment they need to recover. Another survey concluded that 91 percent of people who hired a lawyer received a payout, 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 things such as road conditions, if the driver was operating a vehicle in the course of their employment and motorcycle or car parts, but motorcycle accident lawyers often uncover other liable parties:

  • You can make a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle manufacturer if a defective product such as faulty protective gear contributed to 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 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 near a construction site if they did not securely zone it off.

Different laws apply to making claims against different liable parties, so it is imperative to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with Illinois statutes and who has won all of these types of cases before. For example, product liability cases become complicated when the manufacturer no longer exists.

Can I Still Make a Recovery for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially Responsible?

Yes. While somebody else may have been largely responsible for the accident, a poor decision on your part may mean that you are partially responsible for your injuries. 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 fact-finder determines your economic and noneconomic damages add up to $100,000 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 note that pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are barred from receiving compensation if your injuries are more than 50 percent your fault.

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

Your injuries affect you in more ways than just physical pain and needing to recover. There are also medical expenses, consequences for your ability to work, possibly disfigurement and mental hardships as well. Compensation in personal injury claims falls into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are all the money you either spent or lost because of your injuries. That includes all medical bills like medication, physical therapy, braces and more. If you could not fulfill the normal tasks of your job while recovering, you will get that money back as well. In severe cases, you may have future economic damages as well. For example, if you can only safely work 20 hours a week now, or if you need a joint replacement that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we work with our network of economic experts to how much you need to continue a comfortable lifestyle and pay for those medical expenses.

Economic damages also compensate you for out-of-pocket expenses such as having to put your kids in a daycare while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but basically they are meant to compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you have experienced to not being able to play with your kids like before. If you used to play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Ogle County, 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 numerous types of cases, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Ogle County, IL

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the freedom they instill. It is important to never overestimate your abilities on a motorcycle. Some important steps to take to stay safe include:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will help you learn how to stay safe on a motorcycle. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches advanced turning and emergency braking techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather such as rain or snow not only makes your bike harder to control, but affects how well other drivers can see you.
  • Wearing safety equipment — In the event of a crash, protective equipment such as helmets and gloves specifically made for bikers work wonders in preventing injuries.
  • Obeying the rules of the road — While it may seem fun to wave in between cars, the rules are meant to keep everyone safe, including you. Avoid weaving in between cars, drive the speed limit and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • 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, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some drivers even drive hostilely around. Pay attention at all times and do not assume that passenger car drivers will do what is best for you.

Of course, you can still become injured through no fault of your own. That is what we are here for. Call a motorcycle crash lawyer in Ogle County, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get a full financial recovery.

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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 Ogle County and throughout Illinois. We know all to well the devastation negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. This too shall pass. With the help of Burger Law's Ogle County, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team, you will get the full compensation you need to truly recover and be made whole again. It is not for nothing that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we always get great results for our clients. Call a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer in Ogle County, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case review.

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