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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Quincy, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Quincy, IL. If someone was negligent and you ended up injured, count on the ethical, seasoned and aggressive legal advocacy of Burger Law to defend your rights and demand a complete recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for those who need help in Quincy and throughout Illinois. Call a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

No one can deny that motorcyclists all but invisible on the Quincy, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can offer a close sense of companionship with others who enjoy the same feelings. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: that can all come to a screeching halt when a negligent driver does not respect your safety and injures 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 abhors bullies who think the road belongs to them and dishonest insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their obligations. That is why we work tirelessly litigating cases, standing up in trial and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those who sustain damages by someone else's failures. You deserve justice, and the Quincy, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney now at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until we win your claim.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Quincy and Illinois?

Despite the fact that motorcycles account for barely over half a percent of total traffic miles traveled nationwide, they accounted for four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of total deaths in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to data 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 crashes which resulted in 2,404 injuries and 152 fatalities, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over half 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 metropolitan areas, especially around tolls.

According to findings from the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with over 280,000 registered motorcycles, and proportionately was eighth in the country in deaths in 2017.

Nearly half of fatal motorcycle accidents occur in the in the summer when the weather is nicer, and half occur on the weekends.

What Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Quincy, IL Do for

A tenacious and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will fight on your behalf when no one else will. From the first time we meet to our final victory in a settlement or in court, our team will:

  • Investigate your accident and determine who is at fault

    We have seen just about every auto accident case imaginable, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will gather every type of evidence we can, including insurance policies, dash or helmet cameras, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will use our familiarity with the law and liability and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    Next, we will consult with physicians 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 receive depends on the specifics of your case. We have settled auto crash cases for anything from $20,000 to $5,000,000.

  • Keep the insurance company on their toes

    An insurance adjuster's number one goal is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Quincy, IL motorcycle accident lawyers do not let them get away with it. Insurance companies in Quincy and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know how tough we are. 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 do not back down until you get the full compensation you deserve. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Quincy, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true recovery.

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

No two crashes are totally the same, but research illuminates some concerning similarities. Most motorcycle wrecks are the result of:

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, trust in the Quincy, 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 Quincy, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily launched from their vehicles, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have permanent consequences. While just over ten percent of Illinois passenger car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that figure goes up to over a third of motorcycle drivers and passengers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

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

Quincy, 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 the motorcycle accident claim process. Below are the answers to many of the questions our clients ask us:

Do I Still Have a Case 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 because head injuries are the number one cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

Driving safely saves lives, and that means 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 to blame. 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 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 Recover if I Was Injured by an Emergency Fall?

If you performed the maneuver because of another driver's negligence, yes. Proving a personal injury claim means showing someone was negligent and that their negligence caused the accident that injured you. So if your performed your emergency maneuver after a driver tried to merge into your lane without looking, you could still pursue a claim because their negligence caused your injuries.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

We know that injuries are always unexpected, and injuries often create sudden financial hardships. Our Quincy, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, not an hourly fee. We only get paid once we win your case. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we are confident we can put a lot more money into your pocket.
  2. We will always be straight with you.

At Burger Law, our Quincy, 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 Pay a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer More Money Than It Is Worth?

Insurance companies always try to say that a lawyer will only take money out of your pocket in the end. 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 more severe injuries that have higher damages, you will almost always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to keep the insurance company honest.

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 we take our percentage. The same research also determined 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 made any kind of financial recovery, compared to roughly half of people without an attorney.

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 relation to their job and motorcycle or car parts, but motorcycle accident lawyers often uncover other liable parties:

  • You can make a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty steering systems 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 agency if a road hazard or poorly designed road caused your accident.
  • A construction company if you were injured in 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, 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 talented 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 be awarded $80,000.

It is important to mention that pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are barred from receiving compensation if your injuries are more than half your fault.

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

You deserve a financial recovery for more than just the fact that your were inconvenienced by an accident. There are also medical expenses, lost wages, possibly disability and emotional scarring as well. You will receive a financial recovery for two types of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the economic impact of your injuries. That includes any medical treatments like prescriptions, physical rehabilitation, assistive devices and more. If you could not fulfill the normal tasks of your job while recovering, you will get that money back as well. In the most awful situations, you may have future economic damages as well. For example, if you were a potential professional athlete who now has a career-ending injury, 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 general expenses such as transportation to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but basically they are intended to compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. This can include the physical pain and suffering you feel to experiencing pain when going up the stairs. If you used to play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Quincy, 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:

Quincy, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

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 instill in you how to use good judgment on a motorcycle. There are also more advanced courses with advanced turning and emergency falls techniques.
  • Planning for the weather — 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, protective gear such as helmets and boots specifically manufactured for bikers is key to avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it is natural to want to test your limits, we all have a duty to keep the roads safe. Pay close attention to your surroundings, 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 on at all times. Investing in a bike and jacket with visibility stripes helps other drivers be aware to your presence.
  • 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 uneven pavement. Pay attention at all times and do not assume that others see you or are looking out for your safety.

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 Quincy, 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 Quincy and throughout Illinois. We have seen firsthand the horrible injuries reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. These trying times will not last forever. Burger Law's Quincy, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will balance the scales of justice and deliver a full financial recovery. 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 a veteran motorcycle accident lawyer in Quincy, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case review.

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