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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Rock Island, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Rock Island, IL. If someone was negligent and injured you, count on the ethical, experienced and tenacious legal advocacy of Burger Law to defend your rights and secure you a full recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the vulnerable in Rock Island and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

No one can deny that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Rock Island, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body 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 negligent driver fails to notice 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 loathes bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dishonest insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their duty. That is why we work tirelessly litigating cases, trying cases and demanding full compensation for those injured when they did nothing wrong. This injustice needs to be undone, and the Rock Island, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Speak to a qualified 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 Rock Island and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of traffic fatalities and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only less than one percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, 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. Unfortunately, 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 caused by another driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Crashes are most common in metropolitan areas, especially major city streets.

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

Almost half of deadly motorcycle collisions occur in the between June and September, and 50 percent happen between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Rock Island, IL

A tenacious and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will fight on your behalf when no one else will. From initial consultation to securing you maximum compensation, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and ascertain who is at fault

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will acquire every bit of evidence available, including how much coverage is available, surveillance footage, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will use our knowledge of accidents and network of crash experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    Next, 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 immediately inform the insurance company that you expect to make a recovery for the entirety of your damages. 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. We have settled auto crash cases for anything from $20,000 to $5,000,000.

  • Keep the insurance company honest

    An insurance adjuster's number one goal is to diminish your claim as much as they can. Our Rock Island, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Rock Island and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name because they know how tough we are. bad faith failure to settle so they know we will not back down until you make a full recovery.

  • Be responsive and offer sage legal advice

    We are firm believers in providing our clients with clear and timely communication. Being injured in a motorcycle accident already causes enough stress, so you need a law firm that answer the phone and tell you how your claim is moving forward. We manage all documentation, negotiation and litigation so you can spend your energy on healing. As communicate with the insurance company, we will provide legal counsel based on our experience. We are always straightforward about whether or not we believe you can get more money or if we need to take the fight to court to get what you deserve. We know what we believe is best, but at the end of the day, we leave the ultimate decision up to you.

  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury if we have to

    You need a motorcycle accident lawyer in Rock Island, IL that does more than investigate and fill out paperwork. You need a trial attorney who will argue on your behalf in a court of law. Among the myriad 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 working on your case right away and work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Rock Island, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true recovery.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Rock Island, IL?

Every accident is different, but evaluation of historical data shows some common trends that lead to motorcyclists being injured on the road. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

However your accident unfolded, you can be sure the Rock Island, 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 Rock Island, IL

As motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other motorists, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have lifelong consequences. While just over ten percent of Illinois passenger car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that percentage jumps up to almost 40 percent of motorcycle riders, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

No matter how bad your injuries are, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Rock Island, IL will see to it that you receive compensation for them.

Rock Island, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for help never been in an accident 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 found that over a recent 15 year period, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. That is hardly surprising, as 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. Still, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that requires motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. That means that there is no basis for blaming you for being negligent under the law. 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 a report 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 Get Compensation if I Was Injured by an Emergency Fall?

If you performed the maneuver because of another driver's negligence, yes. 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 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 injuries often create sudden financial hardships. Our Rock Island, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, instead of an hourly fee. You pay nothing upfront. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we are sure we can put a lot more money into your pocket.
  2. You can trust that we are not inflating our earnings with busy work.

At Burger Law, our Rock Island, 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. 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 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 study also found that motorcycle accident lawyers are integral in getting the full medical treatment they need to recover. A second study reported that 91 percent of people who hired a lawyer made any kind of financial recovery, compared to roughly half of people without a lawyer.

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 motorcycle accident lawyers often reveal other liable parties:

  • You can make a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty tires caused your injuries.
  • A commercial company can owe you compensation for your injuries if they were caused by bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government agency if a road hazard or poorly designed road contributed to your accident.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction zone if important safety measures were not implemented.

Different laws apply to making claims against different liable parties, so it is vital 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. 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 referred to as a "modified comparative fault" state. That means you will only be compensated for the part of accident that liable party is responsible for. 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 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 according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if you were more than half to blame.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Rock Island, 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 bills, lost wages, possibly disability and mental anguish 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 any medical treatments like prescriptions, chiropractic appointments, braces and more. It also includes any money you lost from not being able to work for a period because of your injuries. In the most awful situations, 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 knee replacement that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we work with our network of economic experts to determine what those costs will be in the future.

Economic damages also compensate you for out-of-pocket expenses such as having to hire a nanny to take care of your kids 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 undergone to having difficulty sleeping. If you were the MVP in your local basketball league and now can no longer jump the same, Burger Law's Rock Island, 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 a variety types of claims, including:

Rock Island, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when not driven properly. 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 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.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather both makes your bike less stable and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Not forgetting about safety equipment — If a crash is unavoidable, safety gear such as helmets and visors specifically designed for motorcyclists go a long way in preventing injuries.
  • Following traffic laws — While it may be tempting to stretch your freedom, we all have an obligation to protect ourselves and others on the road. Stay in your lane, drive the speed limit and make sure your bike is compliant with other regulations set out in the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Staying visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights no matter what time of day it is. Investing in a bike and clothing with visibility stripes helps other drivers be aware to your presence.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are hard for other drivers to see on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and more susceptible to road hazards such as poorly places signs. Keep an eye out at all times and do not assume others will be respectful.

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. Call a motorcycle crash lawyer in Rock Island, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get maximum compensation.

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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Chicago, Illinois | Burger Law

In our three decades years of experience, we have beaten large corporations, resistant insurance companies and gotten great results for our clients. We know all to well the horrible injuries 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 Rock Island, 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 respect our clients, we fight hard for our clients and we take their cases personally. Speak directly to a seasoned motorcycle accident lawyer in Rock Island, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation.

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