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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Rolling Meadows, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Rolling Meadows, IL. If someone was negligent and you ended up injured, count on the principled, veteran and aggressive legal representation of Burger Law to protect your future and secure you a maximum recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have pledged their careers the vulnerable in Rolling Meadows and throughout Illinois. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

No one can deny that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Rolling Meadows, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides relieves tension and stress and can provide a great sense of companionship with others who enjoy the same feelings. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: 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 cannot stand bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dubious insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders accountable. That is why we work tirelessly litigating cases, trying cases and demanding a maximum financial recovery for those harmed by someone else's poor decisions. You deserve justice, and the Rolling Meadows, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney immediately at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until you receive the compensation you are owed.

If you were injured because of someone else's negligence, see how much your claim may be worth by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.



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Rolling Meadows, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Despite the fact that motorcycles make up barely over half a percent of all vehicle 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 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 deaths, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Unfortunately, over 50 percent of those crashes came when the motorcycle was going straight ahead, which means the accidents were often due to a car or truck driver was not looking out for bikers. Most of the crashes occurred in urban areas, especially on arterial roads.

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

Nearly half of deadly motorcycle collisions occur in the summer months, and 50 percent happen between Friday night and Monday morning.

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

A prudent and talented motorcycle accident lawyer will do what needs to be done when it seems like everything is going against you. From our first phone call to securing you maximum compensation, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

  • Investigate your claim and determine which parties are liable for your damages

    We have seen just about every auto accident case imaginable, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will gather every type of evidence we can, including proof of your damages, pictures, police reports and more. Then, we will rely on our experience and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine how much your injuries are worth

    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 immediately inform the insurance company that you expect to make a recovery for the entirety of your damages. How much you receive depends on the specifics of your case. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be $5,000,000.

  • Stand up to the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Rolling Meadows, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure they understand that we will not let them take advantage of you. Insurance companies in Rolling Meadows and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name 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 right away and do not back down until you are awarded the best possible recovery. Discuss the details of your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Rolling Meadows, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to learn more about the tremendous care and attention we offer our clients.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Rolling Meadows, IL?

No two crashes are entirely alike, but analysis paints a stark picture of common scenarios that lead to motorcyclists being put in harm's way when other people break the rules. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

However your accident unfolded, trust in the Rolling Meadows, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to perform 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 Rolling Meadows, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily launched from their vehicles, the injuries sustained can often be significant and even cause lifelong disability. While just over ten percent of Illinois passenger car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that percentage increases to 36 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:

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

Rolling Meadows, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our clients are people who have often 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:

Do I Still Have a Case if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council reports that between 2002 and 2017, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. That is hardly surprising, as head injuries account for 41.4 percent of fatal motorcycle injuries.

Driving safely saves lives, and that means wearing a helmet if you are on a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, Illinois does not require the use of a helmet. That means that there is no basis for blaming you for being negligent under the law. While defense lawyer may try to blame your injuries on your decision not to wear a helmet, an experienced Rolling Meadows, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will set them straight.

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 jury. 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 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 after a driver tried to merge into your lane without looking, you you can still hold the other driver liable because their negligence caused your injuries.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

We know that injuries are always unexpected, 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 Rolling Meadows, IL motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means we take a percentage of your final compensation as our fees. We only get paid once you are fairly compensated. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we are sure we can add significant value to it.
  2. We have no reason to give you the run around.

At Burger Law, our Rolling Meadows, 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 love telling injured people that an attorney is not in their best interest. While in some cases with mild injuries you can usually get a fair settlement on your own, with injuries that require more extensive medical treatment and more time off work, you will almost certainly get get a higher payout if you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer.

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 we take our percentage. The council also determined that motorcycle accident lawyers connect people to the full medical treatment they need to recover. A second survey concluded that over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney received a payout, compared to roughly half of people without a lawyer.

Is Anybody Besides the Other Driver Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the circumstances surrounding your crash, but it is very possible that after a thorough investigation your motorcycle accident lawyer will conclude that there are other parties you can make a claim against:

  • You can file a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty clutches contributed to your injuries.
  • A commercial company can be held liable 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 problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road caused your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction site if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable risk harm.

The claims and lawsuit process can vary greatly when it involves different types of defendants, so it is imperative to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with 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 Make a Recovery for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially Responsible?

With the help of an aggressive attorney, yes. It may be true that you were not faultless in an accident somebody else caused. Illinois is classified 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 jury 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 to blame for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to note that under 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you will not be able to make any sort of recovery if you were more than 50 percent to blame.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Rolling Meadows, IL Motorcycle Accident?

The idea of "being made whole again" is meant to compensate you for more than just being in pain and recovery. There are also hospital expenses, consequences for your ability to make a living, possibly disability and emotional scarring as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is divided into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the economic impact of your injuries. That includes all medical costs like follow up doctors' appointments, physical rehabilitation, braces and more. It also includes any money you lost from not being able to perform the tasks of your job for a period because of your injuries. In severe cases, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. Such as if you were a warehouse worker who can no longer lift over 20 pounds, or if you need assistive devices that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we consult with economic experts to how much you need to continue a comfortable lifestyle and pay for those medical expenses.

Economic damages also compensate you for general expenses such as having to put your kids in a daycare while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are harder to define, but essentially compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. This can include the physical pain and suffering you have undergone to having difficulty sleeping. If you used to play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Rolling Meadows, 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:

Rolling Meadows, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the freedom 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 get you familiar with how to use good judgment on a motorcycle. There are also more advanced courses with 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 decreases how visible you are to other drivers.
  • Using the right safety gear — In the event of a crash, protective equipment such as helmets and gloves specifically designed for motorcyclists is key to avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Obeying traffic laws — While it may be tempting to see just how much you and your bike are capable of, we all have an obligation to protect ourselves and others on the road. Pay close attention to your surroundings, drive the speed limit and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights throughout the day. Investing in a bike and equipment with visibility stripes helps other drivers be aware to your presence.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are often unseen 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 others will be respectful.

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. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in Rolling Meadows, 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 have secured our clients in Rolling Meadows and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We have seen firsthand the damage reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. These trying times will not last forever. With the help of Burger Law's Rolling Meadows, 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 an accident that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we always get great results for our clients. Contact a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer in Rolling Meadows, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

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