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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident South Elgin, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in South Elgin, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, rely on the ethical, experienced and dedicated personal injury law firm of Burger Law to stand by your side and secure you a maximum recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for those who need help in South Elgin and throughout Illinois. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

No one can deny that motorcyclists all but invisible on the South Elgin, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides relieves tension and stress and can provide a close sense of companionship 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 negligent driver fails to notice you. You should not have to pay for what somebody else did. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team loathes bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and dubious insurance companies that try to avoid their duty. That is why we have dedicated our lives to filing lawsuits, convincing jury members and demanding full compensation for those hurt when they did nothing wrong. You deserve justice, and the South Elgin, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Call us immediately at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until you receive the compensation you are owed.

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South Elgin, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle deaths and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only barely over half a percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to data from the National Safety Council. In the United States, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 deaths. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle accidents, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Regrettably, over half of those occurred 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 due to a car or truck driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Most of the crashes occurred in metropolitan areas, especially around tolls.

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

The most common season for motorcycle crashes is summer, and half of all wrecks happen between Friday night and Monday morning.

What Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in South Elgin, IL Do for

A prudent and experienced 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 ascertain liability

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine who is responsible. We will obtain all the necessary evidence, including how much coverage is available, surveillance footage, police reports and more. Then, we will use our knowledge of accidents and network of crash experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held responsible.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    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 be fully compensated. How much you are owed depends on the specifics of your case. We have settled auto crash cases for anything from $20,000 to $5,000,000.

  • Play hardball with the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our South Elgin, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in South Elgin 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 working on your case right away and work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Discuss the details of your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer in South Elgin, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to learn more about the tremendous care and attention we offer our clients.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in South Elgin, IL?

No two crashes are totally the same, but data reveals some concerning similarities. Most motorcycle wrecks are the result of:

Whatever caused your collision, once you hire us the South Elgin, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to conduct an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in South Elgin, IL

As motorcyclists are are not protected by doors, roofs and airbags, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just 11.7 percent of Illinois passenger 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 percentage jumps up to over a third 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 South Elgin, IL will see to it that you receive compensation for them.

South Elgin, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our clients are people who have often never had to hire an attorney before and therefore do not know how a motorcycle accident claim works. Below are the answers to many of the questions people ask us:

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

The National Safety Council estimates that between 2002 and 2017, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. That is hardly surprising, as head injuries account for 41.4 percent of fatal motorcycle injuries.

Driving safely saves lives, and that means wearing the right equipment when you are on a motorcycle. Still, 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. 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 data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of tort claims are decided by a trial verdict. Settlements are usually favorable to both parties, as long as you have a great lawyer on your side.

Can I Still Recover if I Was Injured by an Emergency Fall?

If another driver is responsible for your emergency maneuver. 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 your performed your emergency maneuver because someone was driving erratically, you you still deserve compensation 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 few people save up just in case they will ever have to make an injury claim. That is why our South Elgin, IL motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means we take a percentage of your final compensation as our fees. You pay nothing upfront. Beyond easier access to quality legal representation, there are two other advantages for you:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we genuinely believe in its merits and that we believe your damages are worth much more than what the insurance company is currently offering.
  2. We will always be straight with you.

At Burger Law, our South Elgin, IL motorcycle crash lawyers will only take on your case if it is in your best interest.

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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 a quick trip to the emergency room 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 more money if you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer.

According to the study "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 same research also concluded that motorcycle accident lawyers connect people to the full medical treatment they need. According to respondents in a different survey 91 percent of people who hired a lawyer got compensation, compared to only 51 percent 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 operating a vehicle 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 conclude that there are other parties you can make a claim against:

  • You can make a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty handlebars caused your injuries.
  • A business can owe you compensation 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 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 important safety measures were not implemented.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a company, so it is essential to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who is well-versed in Illinois statutes and who is not afraid to go after every liable party. 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 to Blame?

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 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 fact-finder determines you are owed $100,000 in damages but that the other driver is only 80 percent at fault for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to note that according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if you are responsible for half of your damages.

What Compensation Can I Recover for My South Elgin, 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 expenses, lost wages, possibly disfigurement and mental anguish as well. You will receive a financial recovery for two types of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are the sum total of your financial loss. That includes all medical bills like medication, surgeries, braces and more. If you could not fulfill the normal tasks of your job while recovering, you will get that money back as well. In severe cases, 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 joint 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 provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses such as Ubers or bus fare to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but essentially 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 enjoyed biking on the weekends but now your knee clicks, Burger Law's South Elgin, 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:

South Elgin, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration they instill. 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 use good judgment on a motorcycle. There are also more advanced courses with advanced turning and emergency falls 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.
  • Wearing safety gear — In the event of an accident, safety gear such as helmets and gloves specifically designed for motorcyclists is key to avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it is natural to want to wave in between cars, the rules are meant to keep everyone safe, including you. Stay in your lane, ride at an appropriate velocity and make sure your bike is compliant with other regulations set out in 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Staying visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights throughout the day. Having a bike and gear 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 drivers are even aggressive towards them. Pay attention at all times and do not assume that passenger car drivers will do what is best for you.

Of course, even when you do not do anything wrong you can still be injured by another person's negligence. That is when Burger Law steps in. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in South Elgin, 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 30 years of experience, we have represented hundreds of clients in South Elgin and throughout Illinois. We have seen up close the horrible injuries other people can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. These trying times will not last forever. With the help of Burger Law's South Elgin, 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 for nothing that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we do not back down. Call a talented motorcycle accident lawyer in South Elgin, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case review.

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