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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Palos Hills, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Palos Hills, IL. If someone broke the rules of the road and injured you, rely on the empathetic, veteran and aggressive legal representation of Burger Law to defend your rights and win you the best possible compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the injured in Palos Hills and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Palos Hills, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides relieves tension and stress and can provide a close sense of friendship with others who enjoy the same feelings. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a thoughtless driver causes you to crash. 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 loathes bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and resistant insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders responsible. That is why we spend every day filing lawsuits, standing up in trial and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those who sustain damages through no fault of their own. You deserve justice, and the Palos Hills, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will get it for you. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney immediately at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until you receive the compensation you deserve.

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



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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Palos Hills and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle deaths and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only barely over half a 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, there were 3,077 motorcycle accidents which resulted in 2,404 injuries and 152 fatalities, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Unfortunately, over half of those crashes came when a passenger car or truck collided with a motorcycle when the biker was driving in a straight line, insinuating that the accidents were often due to a car or truck driver was not looking out for bikers. Wrecks happen most frequently in urban 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.

The most common season for motorcycle crashes is summer, and half of all wrecks happen on the weekends.

What Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Palos Hills, IL Do for

A diligent and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will fight on your behalf when it seems like everything is going against you. From the first time we meet to the day you receive your payment, our team will:

  • Investigate your case and determine who is at fault

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will acquire all the necessary evidence, including how much coverage is available, dash or helmet cameras, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will utilize our familiarity with the law and liability and network of crash experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held accountable.

  • 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 send a settlement letter to the insurance company demanding that you receive all of it. How much you receive depends on a variety of factors. 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 minimize your injuries to the fullest extent they can. Our Palos Hills, IL motorcycle accident lawyers do not let them get away with it. Insurance companies in Palos Hills 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 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 immediately and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Palos Hills, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true recovery.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Palos Hills, IL?

Every accident is different, but evaluation of available data paints a stark picture of concerning similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

However your accident unfolded, you can be sure the Palos Hills, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will conduct an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for not respecting your right to ride safely.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Palos Hills, IL

As motorcyclists are are not protected by doors, roofs and airbags, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just 11.7 percent of 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 36 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:

Whatever the extent of your or your loved one's injuries, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Palos Hills, IL will see to it that you receive compensation for them.

Palos Hills, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for legal representation never had to go through a claims process and naturally have questions about how a motorcycle accident claim works. Below are the answers to many of the questions people ask us:

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

The National Safety Council estimates 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. Still, 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 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 trial verdict. 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 Recover if I Was Injured by an Emergency Maneuver?

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 did not see you when turning left, you could still pursue a claim because their negligence caused your injuries.

Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

No one anticipates being injured, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to deal with being injured because somebody else broke the rules. That is why our Palos Hills, IL motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means we take a percentage of your final compensation as our fees. You pay nothing upfront. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we truly believe in its merits and that we believe your damages are worth much more than what the insurance company is currently offering.
  2. You can trust that we are not inflating our earnings with busy work.

At Burger Law, our Palos Hills, 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 claim that a lawyer will only take money out of your pocket in the end. If your injury only required an appointment with your primary care doctor it is true that we may not be able to add much value to your claim, with more severe injuries that have higher damages, 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, you are likely to get up to 350 percent more for an auto accident with an attorney, even after we take our percentage. The council also concluded that motorcycle accident lawyers connect people to the full medical treatment they need. According to respondents in a different survey over nine in 10 respondents who hired a lawyer received a payout, compared to barely over half of people without an attorney.

What Other Parties Can I Hold Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the circumstances surrounding your crash, 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 file a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty brakes caused your injuries.
  • A business can be responsible 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 your injuries could have been avoided were it not for the a defect in the design of a road, or if they did not repair a known road hazard.
  • A construction company if you were injured in a construction site if they did not securely zone it off.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a business, so it is imperative to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who knows Illinois statutes and who understands how to litigate against different entities. 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?

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 referred to 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 jury determines you are owed $100,000 in damages 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 pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you will not be able to make any sort of recovery if you were more than half to blame.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Palos Hills, 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 emotional pain as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is largely broken down into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are the sum total of your financial loss. That includes all medical treatments like medication, physical rehabilitation, crutches 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. For example, 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 determine what those costs will be in the future.

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

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but essentially compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can include the physical pain and suffering you feel to having difficulty sleeping. If you used to draw as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Palos Hills, 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 a variety types of claims, including:

Palos Hills, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration they instill. Being judicious 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 the rules of the road for motorcyclists. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches advanced turning and emergency maneuver techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather both makes your bike less stable and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Using the right safety equipment — If a crash is unavoidable, safety gear such as helmets and boots specifically manufactured for motorcyclists go a long way in not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Following traffic laws — While it may be tempting to wave in between cars, we all have an obligation to protect ourselves and others on the road. Avoid weaving in between cars, drive the speed limit and make sure you are following the regulations set out in the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Staying visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights on at all times. Having a bike and jacket with visibility stripes goes a long way in helping others see you too.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are occasionally invisible on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and are affected much more by road hazards such as uneven pavement. Keep an eye out 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. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in Palos Hills, 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 have secured our clients in Palos Hills and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We have seen firsthand the damage other people can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. You do not have to go through this alone. With the help of Burger Law's Palos Hills, 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 respect our clients, we fight hard for our clients and their cases mean something to us. Contact a seasoned motorcycle accident lawyer in Palos Hills, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.

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