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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Shabbona, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Shabbona, IL. If someone was negligent and injured you, rely on the compassionate, experienced and aggressive personal injury law firm of Burger Law to protect your future and win you a full recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the vulnerable in Shabbona and throughout Illinois. Call a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists all but invisible on the Shabbona, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a great sense of brotherhood with others who enjoy the same freedoms. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a thoughtless driver does not respect your safety and injures you. You should not have to pay for another person's recklessness. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team despises bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dishonest insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders accountable. That is why we spend every day investigating claims, standing up in trial and demanding a maximum financial recovery for those injured when they did nothing wrong. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Shabbona, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until you get your settlement or verdict check.

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Shabbona, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of traffic deaths and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only only .06 percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to the National Safety Council. In the United States, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 passed away in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle accidents, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were deadly, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over half of those crashes came when the motorcycle was going straight ahead, which leads us to believe that the accidents were often because of a car or truck driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Crashes are most common in metropolitan areas, especially major city streets.

According to the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with 280,322 registered motorcycles, and fittingly was eighth in the country in deaths in 2017.

Just under half of fatal motorcycle accidents occur in the between June and September, and half happen on the weekends.

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

A diligent and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will be your legal advocate when you need help the most. From initial consultation to our final victory in a settlement or in court, your Burger Law motorcycle accident 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 obtain every bit of evidence available, including insurance policies, pictures, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will utilize our knowledge of accidents and network of crash experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine how much your injuries are worth

    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 write the insurance company on your behalf informing them that we will settle for nothing less than the maximum compensation. How much you receive depends on the specifics of your case. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be in the millions.

  • Play hardball with the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Shabbona, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure they understand that we will not let them take advantage of you. Insurance companies in Shabbona and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name 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 investigating your accident and communicating with the insurance company right away and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Shabbona, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true healing.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Shabbona, IL?

No two crashes are completely the same, but research illuminates some troubling similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

Whatever caused your collision, once you hire us the Shabbona, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to perform a full investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Shabbona, IL

As motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other motorists, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just one in ten Illinois car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that percentage increases to over a third of motorcycle drivers, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

Whatever the extent of your or your loved one's injuries, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Shabbona, IL is here to fight for you and make sure the insurance company cannot minimize the impact of your damages.

Shabbona, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for legal counsel never had to hire an attorney before and are not entirely sure how a motorcycle accident claim works. Below are the answers to many of the questions our clients ask us:

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

The National Safety Council found that over the course of 15 years in the early 2000s, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. Indeed, head injuries are the number one cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

Persuading people to drive safely is an important part of what we do, and that means wearing a helmet if you are on a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, it is not illegal to drive a motorcycle without a helmet in Illinois. 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 data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 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 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 a driver did not see you when turning left, you you still deserve compensation because you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

What if I Do Not Have the Money to Pay for a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

No one anticipates being injured, and the economic burden of medical bills and lost wages is often immediately severe. Our Shabbona, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, not an hourly fee. You pay nothing upfront. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we genuinely believe in its merits and that we can add significant value to it.
  2. We will always be straight with you.

At Burger Law, our Shabbona, 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. If your injury only required an appointment with your primary care doctor the insurance company may cover all your damages just to get the claim out of the way, with injuries that require more extensive medical treatment and more time off work, you will almost always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to make a full recovery.

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 considering attorneys' fees. The council also determined that motorcycle accident lawyers also help people get help people get the full medical treatment they need. According to respondents in a different survey 91 percent of people with an attorney made any kind of financial recovery, compared to roughly half of people without an attorney.

Is Anybody Besides the Other Driver Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on things such as road conditions, if the driver was driving in relation to their job and motorcycle or car parts, but motorcycle accident lawyers often reveal other liable parties:

  • You can file a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty frames played a part in 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 entity if a road hazard or poorly designed road caused your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured near a construction site if important safety measures were not implemented.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a government entity, so it is crucial to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with Illinois statutes and who understands how to litigate against different entities. For example, product liability cases become complicated when the manufacturer no longer exists.

Can I Still Make a Recovery 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 classified 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 mediator determines your economic and noneconomic damages add up to $100,000 but that the other driver is only 80 percent liable for your injuries, you would be awarded $80,000.

It is important to mention that according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if you were more than 50 percent to blame.

What Compensation Can I Receive for My Shabbona, 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 medical bills, consequences for your ability to make a living, possibly disability and mental anguish as well. You will compensated 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 costs like medication, physical rehabilitation, braces and more. If you could not work while recovering, you will get that money back as well. In the worst 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 vehicle or home modifications 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 compensate you for out-of-pocket expenses such as Ubers or bus fare to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but basically they are intended to 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 play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Shabbona, 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 claims, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Shabbona, IL

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when not driven properly. It is important to never underestimate how dangerous road hazards and other drivers are to you. You can keep you and others as safe as possible by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will help you learn 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.
  • Not forgetting about safety gear — If a collision is unavoidable, safety equipment such as helmets and gloves specifically manufactured for motorcyclists is key to not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • 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 meant to keep everyone safe, including you. Stay in your lane, drive the speed limit and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with 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 helps other drivers be aware to your presence.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are hard for other drivers to see on the road, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some motorists even drive hostilely around. Prioritize your safety at all times and do not assume that passenger car drivers will do what is best for you.

Of course, do everything right and still pay the price when someone else breaks the rules of the road. That is what we are here for. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Shabbona, 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 have secured our clients in Shabbona and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We know all to well the damage negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. This too shall pass. With the help of Burger Law's Shabbona, 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 do not back down. Call a veteran motorcycle accident lawyer in Shabbona, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

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