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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident South Holland, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in South Holland, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, believe in the empathetic, veteran and dedicated legal advocacy of Burger Law to defend your rights and demand full compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the injured in South Holland and throughout Illinois. Call our office now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists all but invisible on the South Holland, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle offers a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can provide a close sense of friendship with others who enjoy the same freedoms. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: you can be robbed of that feeling when a careless 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 loathes bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and resistant insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders accountable. That is why we are constantly filing lawsuits, trying cases and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those hurt through no fault of their own. This wrong needs to be made right, and the South Holland, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will see to it that it is. Speak to a qualified attorney immediately at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until you get your settlement or verdict check.

If you were injured through no fault of your own, see the value of your claim by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.



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South Holland, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Despite the fact that motorcycles account for only .06 percent of total vehicle miles traveled nationwide, they accounted for four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of total fatalities in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to data from the National Safety Council. In the United States, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 perished 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. Regrettably, over 50 percent of those happened when the motorcycle was going straight ahead, which means the accidents were often because of another driver was not looking out for bikers. Wrecks happen most frequently in metropolitan areas, especially major city streets.

According to findings from the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the nation in terms of both registered motorcycles and motorcycle crash fatalities.

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

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

A meticulous and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will be your legal advocate when it seems like everything is going against you. From the first time we meet to the day you receive your payment, we will:

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

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will obtain all the necessary evidence, including how much coverage is available, surveillance footage, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will use our experience and consult with accident recreation experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine how much your injuries are worth

    Then, we will consult with physicians and financial experts to put an exact figure on your injuries, and write a settlement letter demanding that you receive all of it. 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.

  • Keep the insurance company honest

    An insurance adjuster's number one goal is to minimize your claim as much as they can. Our South Holland, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in South Holland 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 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 immediately and do not back down until you are awarded the best possible recovery. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in South Holland, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to find out more about what we can do for you.

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

Every accident is different, but research paints a stark picture of common scenarios that lead to motorcyclists being injured when other people break the rules. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

However your accident unfolded, trust in the South Holland, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to conduct a full investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for not respecting your right to ride safely.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in South Holland, IL

As motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other motorists, the injuries sustained can often be severe and sometimes result in lifelong disability. While just one in ten people injured in car accidents 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 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 South Holland, IL is here to fight for you and make sure the insurance company cannot minimize the impact of your damages.

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

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have 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 our clients ask us:

Does it Matter if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council reports that over a recent 15 year period, 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.

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, Illinois does not require the use of a helmet. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not at-fault. There is no reason for your claim to be affected if you did not wear a helmet.

Will I Have to Go to Court to Get Compensation for My Motorcycle Injuries?

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to trial. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of tort claims 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 Get Compensation if I Was Injured by an Emergency Maneuver?

If you performed the maneuver because another driver broke the rules of the road, 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 were injured because you were forced into an emergency maneuver after a driver did not see you when turning left, you you still deserve compensation because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and injuries often create unexpected financial hardships. That is why our South Holland, 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 benefits for you:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we are confident we believe your damages are worth much more than what the insurance company is currently offering.
  2. You can trust that we are not inflating our earnings with busy work.

At Burger Law, our South Holland, 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. While in some cases with mild injuries the insurance company may cover all your damages just to get the claim out of the way, with more severe injuries that affect your life in greater ways, you will almost always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to keep the insurance company honest.

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 found that motorcycle accident lawyers are integral in getting the full medical treatment they need to recover. According to respondents in a different survey over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney got compensation, compared to roughly half of people who did not seek legal representation.

Are There Any Third Parties Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the specifics of your accident, but it is very possible that after a thorough investigation your motorcycle accident lawyer will determine that one or more other parties are liable for your injuries:

  • You can make a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle manufacturer if a defective product such as faulty fuel systems contributed to your injuries.
  • A commercial company can be responsible for their driver's actions 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 near a construction zone if they did not securely zone it off.

Different laws apply to making claims against different liable parties, so it is crucial to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with Illinois statutes and who has won all of these types of cases before. For example, product liability cases become complicated when the manufacturer no longer exists.

Can I Still Recover Compensation for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially to Blame?

With the help of a seasoned attorney, 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 that compensation is still available if you were partially to blame for your accident, but the amount will be less depending on how much you contributed to it. For example, if a mediator 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 liable for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to note that pursuant 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 Recover for My South Holland, IL Motorcycle Accident?

Your injuries affect you in more ways than just physical pain and needing to recover. There are also medical bills, time lost from work, 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 all the money you either spent or lost because of your injuries. That includes all medical treatments like prescriptions, chiropractic appointments, braces and more. If you could not fulfill the normal tasks of your job while recovering, you will be compensated for that as well. In severe cases, you may have future economic damages as well. Such as if you were a warehouse worker who can no longer lift over 20 pounds, 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 adjust for inflation and rising costs of medical care.

Economic damages also provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses such as gas costs when driving to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but essentially compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. This can include the physical pain and suffering you have experienced to not being able to play with your kids like before. If you used to draw as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's South Holland, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure you are compensated for that.

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

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in South Holland, IL

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when appropriate safety measures are not taken. Being thorough 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 instill in you the rules of the road for motorcyclists. There are also more advanced courses with advanced turning and emergency maneuver techniques.
  • Planning for the weather — Inclement weather such as rain or snow not only makes your bike harder to control, but decreases how visible you are to other drivers.
  • Not forgetting about safety gear — In the event of a crash, safety equipment such as helmets and gloves specifically made for bikers go a long way in preventing injuries.
  • Obeying the rules of the road — While it may seem fun to wave in between cars, the rules are meant to keep everyone safe, including you. Avoid weaving in between cars, do not drive too fast 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 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 potholes. Pay attention at all times and do not assume that others see you or are looking out for your safety.

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. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in South Holland, 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 represented hundreds of clients in South Holland and throughout Illinois. We know all to well the devastation negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. This too shall pass. Burger Law's South Holland, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will balance the scales of justice and deliver a full financial recovery. 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. Contact a veteran motorcycle accident lawyer in South Holland, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.

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