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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Oquawka, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Oquawka, IL. If someone broke the rules of the road and you ended up injured, believe in the ethical, experienced and dedicated personal injury law firm of Burger Law to protect your future and win you the best possible recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the vulnerable in Oquawka and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

No one can deny that motorcyclists are not given the same respect other vehicles on the Oquawka, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a close sense of friendship with other bikers. Unfortunately, that can come at a cost: you can be robbed of that feeling when a thoughtless driver does not respect your safety and injures you. You should not have to pay for what somebody else did. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team despises bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and resistant insurance companies that try to avoid their obligations. That is why we are constantly filing lawsuits, trying cases and demanding a maximum financial recovery for those injured through no fault of their own. You deserve justice, and the Oquawka, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Call us immediately at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until we win your claim.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Oquawka and Illinois?

Even though motorcycles make up less than one 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. Nationwide, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 fatalities. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle collisions, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Regrettably, the majority of those happened when the motorcycle was going in a straight line, insinuating that the accidents were often because of a car or truck driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Wrecks happen most frequently in metropolitan areas, especially around tolls.

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

Just under 50 percent of fatal motorcycle collisions occur in the between June and September, and half occur on the weekends.

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

A persistent and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will be your legal advocate when no one else will. From initial consultation to our final victory in a settlement or in court, our team will:

  • Investigate your accident 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 bit of evidence available, including how much coverage is available, dash or helmet cameras, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will utilize our knowledge of accidents and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine how much your injuries are worth

    Then, we will use our network of medical and financial experts to put an exact dollar amount on your injuries, and write a settlement letter demanding that you receive all of it. How much you are owed depends on the specifics of your case. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be in 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 Oquawka, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Oquawka and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name because they know that partial compensation is unacceptable to us. 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 work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Discuss the details of your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Oquawka, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true healing.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Oquawka, IL?

No two crashes are completely the same, but data paints a stark picture of concerning similarities. Most motorcycle wrecks are the result of:

However your accident unfolded, trust in the Oquawka, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to carry out a full investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Oquawka, IL

As motorcyclists are are not protected by doors, roofs and airbags, the injuries sustained can often be grave and sometimes cause lifelong disability. While just one in ten Illinois car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that percentage jumps up to 36 percent of motorcycle drivers and passengers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

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

Oquawka, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never been in an accident and are not entirely sure the motorcycle accident claim process. 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 reports that between 2002 and 2017, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. Indeed, head injuries are the most common fatal injury in motorcycle crashes.

Driving safely saves lives, and that means wearing appropriate safety gear when riding a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that compels motorcycle drivers to wear 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?

That is incredibly unlikely. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 civil lawsuits are decided by a trial verdict. 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 Recover if I Was Injured by an Emergency Fall?

If another driver made you do the emergency fall. Proving a personal injury claim means showing someone was negligent and that their negligence led to your damages. So if you were injured because you were forced into an emergency maneuver after a driver did not see you when turning left, you could still pursue a claim because their negligence caused your injuries.

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

No one anticipates being injured, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to make an injury claim. Our Oquawka, 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 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 Oquawka, IL motorcycle crash lawyers will only take on your case if it is in your best interest.

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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 you can usually get a fair settlement without an attorney, with more severe injuries that have higher medical bills and cause more pain and suffering, you will almost always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to fight for you and demand justice.

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 the contingency fee has been paid. The council also found that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims over nine in 10 respondents who hired a lawyer received a payout, compared to barely over half of people without a lawyer.

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 relation to their job and motorcycle or car parts, 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 handlebars contributed to your injuries.
  • A commercial company can owe you compensation 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 injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured near a construction site 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 who is well-versed in Illinois statutes and who understands how to litigate against different entities. For example, product liability cases become complicated when the manufacturer no longer exists.

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

With the help of a seasoned 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 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 are owed $100,000 in damages but that the other driver is only 80 percent liable for your injuries, you would be awarded $80,000.

It is important to mention that under 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you will not be able to make any sort of recovery if you are responsible for half of your damages.

What Compensation Can I Recover for My Oquawka, IL Motorcycle Accident?

Your injuries affect you in more ways than just physical pain and needing to recover. There are also hospital bills, 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 are all the money you either spent or lost because of your injuries. That includes all medical treatments like medication, physical therapy, braces and more. If you could not work while recovering, you will be compensated for that as well. In the most awful situations, you may have future economic damages as well. Such as if you were a warehouse worker who can no longer lift over 20 pounds, or if you need a joint replacement that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we consult with economic experts to adjust for inflation and rising costs of medical care.

Economic damages also compensate you for other costs such as transportation to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but basically they are intended 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 enjoy your favorite activities like you used to. If you enjoyed biking on the weekends but now your knee clicks, Burger Law's Oquawka, 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 claims, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Oquawka, IL

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration they instill. Being meticulous 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 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 falls techniques.
  • Planning for the weather — Inclement weather both creates hazards for you and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Not forgetting about safety gear — If a crash is unavoidable, safety equipment such as helmets and boots specifically made for bikers work wonders in preventing injuries.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it is natural to want to stretch your freedom, the rules are in place for a reason. 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.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights throughout the day. Having a bike and gear with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are often unseen on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and more susceptible to road hazards such as potholes. 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 when Burger Law steps in. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Oquawka, 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 three decades years of experience, we have have secured our clients in Oquawka and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We have seen up close the devastation other people can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. These trying times will not last forever. Burger Law's Oquawka, 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 their cases mean something to us. Contact a veteran motorcycle accident lawyer in Oquawka, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation.

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