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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Shorewood, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, count on the honest, experienced and aggressive personal injury law firm of Burger Law to defend your rights and win you a maximum recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the vulnerable in Shorewood 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 Shorewood, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a close sense of camaraderie 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 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 do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and resistant insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their duty. That is why we have dedicated our lives to litigating cases, standing up in trial and demanding full compensation for those harmed through no fault of their own. You deserve justice, and the Shorewood, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until we win your claim.

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Shorewood, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle fatalities and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only barely over half a percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, 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 deaths, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Unfortunately, over 50 percent of those crashes came 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 a car or truck driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Wrecks happen most frequently in urban areas, especially around tolls.

According to the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with close to 300,000 registered motorcycles, and proportionately was eighth in the country in fatalities in 2017.

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 Shorewood, IL My Claim?

A meticulous and committed motorcycle accident lawyer will stand by your side when you need help the most. From initial consultation to securing you maximum compensation, we will:

  • Investigate your case and determine who is at fault

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine fault. We will obtain every bit of evidence available, including proof of your damages, dash or helmet cameras, police reports and more. Then, we will rely on our experience and consult with accident recreation experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held accountable.

  • Determine the value of your claim

    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 are owed depends on a variety of factors. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be in the millions.

  • Keep the insurance company honest

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to diminish your injuries as much as they can. Our Shorewood, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure they understand that we will not let them take advantage of you. Insurance companies in Shorewood and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name because they know we know how to get great results. 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 work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Shorewood, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true recovery.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Shorewood, IL?

Every accident is unique, but evaluation of historical data points to some concerning similarities. Most motorcycle wrecks are the result of:

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, trust in the Shorewood, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to conduct a full investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for injuring you.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Shorewood, IL

As motorcyclists are are not protected by doors, roofs and airbags, the injuries sustained can often be significant and sometimes result in permanent disability. While just 11.7 percent of Illinois car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that prevents you from walking, driving or otherwise participating in activities you used to be capable of — that number jumps up to over a third of motorcycle drivers, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

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

Shorewood, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the calls we get are from people who have often never had to hire an attorney before and are not entirely sure what to expect in a motorcycle accident claim. Some of the most common questions we get are:

Does it Matter if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council reports that over a recent 15 year period, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. Indeed, head injuries account for 41.4 percent of fatal motorcycle injuries.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers always recommend driving safely, including wearing appropriate safety gear when riding a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, it is not illegal to ride 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?

Most likely, no. According to research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of tort claims 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 Recover if I Was Injured by an Emergency Fall?

If another driver made you do the emergency fall. Proving a personal injury claim means showing someone was negligent and that their negligence caused the accident that injured you. So if you had no choice but to try an emergency maneuver after another motorist was looking at their phone, you you still deserve compensation because you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

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 Shorewood, 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 are sure we can put a lot more money into your pocket.
  2. You will not receive any empty promises.

At Burger Law, our Shorewood, 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 take money out of your pocket in the end. While in some cases with mild injuries you can usually get a fair settlement on your own, with more severe injuries that have higher medical bills and cause more pain and suffering, 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 considering attorneys' fees. The council also concluded that motorcycle accident lawyers connect people to the full medical treatment they need. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney received a payout, compared to barely over half of people without a lawyer.

What Other Parties Can I Hold Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the specifics of your accident, but it is very possible that after looking extensively into your case your motorcycle accident lawyer will conclude that there are other parties you can make a claim against:

  • You can make a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty fuel systems contributed to 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 local, state or federal government if your injuries could have been avoided were it not for the a defect in the design of a road, or if they did not repair a known road hazard.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction site 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 crucial 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, who can be held liable in a product liability case depends on who was responsible for what part of the vehicle reaching the market.

Can I Still Make a Recovery for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially to Blame?

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 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 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 liable for your injuries, you would make a recovery of $80,000.

It is important to remember that under 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if you are responsible for 50 percent of your damages.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Shorewood, 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 cost, consequences for your ability to make a living, possibly disfigurement and emotional scarring as well. You will compensated for two types of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are the sum total of your financial loss. That includes all medical treatments like emergency room visits, surgeries, assistive devices and more. If you could not work while recovering, you will be compensated for that as well. In the worst cases, you may have future economic damages as well. Such as if you can only safely work 20 hours a week now, 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 adjust for inflation and rising costs of medical care.

Economic damages also provide reimbursement for other costs such as having to put your kids in a daycare while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but basically they are meant to compensate you for how your life has been affected in non-financial ways. This can include 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 Shorewood, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure you are compensated for that.

Our motorcycle crash and personal injury lawyers take on a variety types of cases, including:

Shorewood, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

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 get you familiar with 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.
  • 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 jackets specifically manufactured for motorcyclists is key to not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Following traffic laws — While it is natural to want to test your limits, we all have a duty to keep the roads safe. Avoid weaving in between cars, 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 — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights on at all times. Investing in a bike and jacket with visibility stripes goes a long way in helping others see you too.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are often unseen on the road, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some people are even aggressive towards them. Pay attention at all times and do not assume others will see 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 Shorewood, 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 Shorewood and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We have seen firsthand the horrible injuries other people 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 Shorewood, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will not let someone get away with hurting you. It is not for nothing that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we always get great results for our clients. Call a seasoned motorcycle accident lawyer in Shorewood, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case review.

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