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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Rankin, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Rankin, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, rely on the honest, veteran and aggressive legal advocacy of Burger Law to stand by your side and win you full compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for those who need help in Rankin 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 Rankin, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle provides a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can provide a close sense of brotherhood with other bikers. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a negligent driver fails to notice you. You did not ask to be in this situation, but now you are forced to find some manner of recovery. 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 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. You deserve justice, and the Rankin, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will get it for you. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney now at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until you receive the compensation you deserve.

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Rankin, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Despite the fact that motorcycles make up only .06 percent of total traffic miles traveled in the country, they accounted for four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of total deaths in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to the National Safety Council. In the entire country, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 fatalities. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle wrecks which resulted in 2,404 injuries and 152 fatalities, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Regrettably, the majority of those crashes came when a passenger car or truck collided with a motorcycle when the biker was driving in a straight line, which means the accidents were often due to another driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Crashes are most common in urban areas, especially major city streets.

According to research from 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 between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.

How Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Rankin, IL My Claim?

A diligent and dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer will stand by your side when no one else will. From our first phone call to securing you maximum compensation, our team will:

  • Investigate your case and ascertain liability

    We have seen just about every auto accident case imaginable, and know how to determine fault. We will acquire every bit of evidence available, including insurance policies, surveillance footage, police reports and more. Then, we will rely on our knowledge of accidents and network of crash experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine the value of your claim

    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 write the insurance company on your behalf demanding full payment. Every claim is different, and your compensation will be based on the severity of your injuries, how much time you lost from work recovering and how the injuries have affected you physically and emotionally. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be in the millions.

  • Play hardball with the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's number one goal is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Rankin, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Rankin and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly because they know we know how to get great results. awards, honors and accolades that we are proud to have 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 investigating your accident and communicating with the insurance company without delay and work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Rankin, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true healing.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Rankin, IL?

No two crashes are completely identical, but analysis reveals some troubling similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

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

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Rankin, IL

As motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other motorists, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just 11.7 percent of Illinois car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that figure goes up to almost 40 percent of motorcycle drivers, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

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

Rankin, 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 therefore do not know how a motorcycle accident claim works. Some of the most common questions we get are:

Does it Matter 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 account for 41.4 percent of fatal motorcycle injuries.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers always recommend driving safely, including wearing the right equipment when you are on 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 I Have to Go to Court to Get Compensation for My Motorcycle Injuries?

That is incredibly unlikely. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 tort claims are resolved 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 Get Compensation if I Was Injured by an Emergency Fall?

If another driver made you do the emergency fall. 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 someone was driving erratically, you you can still hold the other driver accountable 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 make an injury claim. Our Rankin, 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 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 believe your damages are worth much more than what the insurance company is currently offering.
  2. We have no reason to give you the run around.

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

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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 cost you more money in the end. While in some cases with mild injuries it is true that we may not be able to add much value to your claim, 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 we take our percentage. The same research also determined that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. According to respondents in a different survey over nine in 10 respondents who hired a lawyer received a payout, compared to roughly half of people who did not seek legal representation.

What Other Parties Can I Hold Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on things such as road conditions, if the driver was driving in the course of their employment and motorcycle or car parts, but it is very possible that after looking extensively into your case your motorcycle accident lawyer will determine that there are other parties you can make a claim against:

  • You can file a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty frames played a part in your injuries.
  • A business can be responsible 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 a road hazard or poorly designed road caused your accident.
  • A construction company if you were injured near a construction zone if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable risk harm.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a manufacturer, so it is crucial 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, there are special restrictions regarding who you can sue in the government and how long you have to sue them.

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

Yes. If someone else caused the accident, you may still bear some responsibility for your injuries if you did not follow certain safety protocols. Illinois is considered 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 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 Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Rankin, 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, time lost from work, possibly disfigurement and mental tribulations as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is largely broken down 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 any medical expenses like prescriptions, physical rehabilitation, assistive devices and more. If you could not work while recovering, you will be compensated for that as well. In severe cases, your finances may be impacted in the future 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 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 provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses such as having to hire a nanny to take care of your kids while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but basically they are meant to compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. This can include the physical pain and suffering you feel to not being able to play with your kids like before. If you painted as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Rankin, 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:

How to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle in Rankin, IL

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when appropriate safety measures are not taken. Being meticulous about safety is a must on a motorcycle. You can keep you and others as safe as possible by:

  • 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 an accident, protective gear such as helmets and visors specifically made for motorcyclists is key to preventing injuries.
  • Obeying the rules of the road — While it may seem fun to see just how much you and your bike are capable of, the rules are in place for a reason. Stay in your lane, do not drive too fast and make sure your bike is compliant with other regulations set out in the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights no matter what time of day it is. Investing in a bike and jacket with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are hard for other drivers to see on the road, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some people are even aggressive towards them. Prioritize your safety 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 Rankin, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get maximum compensation.

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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Chicago, Illinois | Burger Law

In our 30 years of experience, we have beaten large corporations, resistant insurance companies and gotten great results for our clients. We know all to well the damage reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. You do not have to go through this alone. With the help of Burger Law's Rankin, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team, you will get the full compensation you need to truly recover and be made whole again. We are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest for a reason: we do not back down. Contact a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer in Rankin, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.

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