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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Springfield, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Springfield, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, trust in the compassionate, experienced and committed personal injury law firm of Burger Law to defend your rights and demand full compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have dedicated their careers the vulnerable in Springfield and throughout Illinois. Call our office now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

No one can deny that motorcyclists all but invisible on the Springfield, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers relieves tension and stress and can offer a close sense of camaraderie with other bikers. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: that can all come to a crashing halt when a negligent driver does not respect your safety and injures you. You did not ask to be in this situation, but now you are forced to find some manner of recovery. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team hates bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and dubious insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders accountable. That is why we are constantly filing lawsuits, convincing jury members and demanding full compensation for those hurt through no fault of their own. This injustice needs to be undone, and the Springfield, 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 receive the compensation you deserve.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Springfield and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of traffic fatalities and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only less than one percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to the National Safety Council. Nationwide, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 deaths. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle wrecks which resulted in 2,404 injuries and 152 fatalities, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Regrettably, over 50 percent 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 caused by another driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Most of the crashes occurred in urban areas, especially around tolls.

According to data from the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with 280,322 registered motorcycles, and proportionately was eighth in the country in fatalities in 2017.

Just under 50 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents occur in the between June and September, and 50 percent happen between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.

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

A tenacious and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will be your rock when you need help the most. From initial consultation to securing you maximum compensation, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

  • Investigate your claim and ascertain liability

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all types of auto accidents, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will gather every type of evidence we can, including insurance policies, dash or helmet cameras, medical reports and more. Then, we will use our knowledge of accidents and network of crash experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    Then, we will use our network of medical and financial experts to put an exact figure on your injuries, and send a settlement letter to the insurance company demanding that you receive all of it. How much you are owed depends on the specifics of your case. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be $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 Springfield, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Springfield and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know that partial compensation is unacceptable to us. 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 claim without delay and do not back down until you are awarded the best possible recovery. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Springfield, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to learn more about what we can do for you.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Springfield, IL?

No two crashes are completely identical, but research indicates some common scenarios that lead to motorcyclists being put in harm's way on the road. Most motorcycle wrecks are the result of:

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

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Springfield, 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 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 increases to 36 percent of motorcycle drivers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. 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 Springfield, IL is here to fight for you and make sure the insurance company cannot minimize the impact of your damages.

Springfield, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for legal representation never had to go through a claims process and naturally have questions about what to expect in a motorcycle accident claim. 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 estimates that over a recent 15 year period, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. Indeed, head injuries are the number one cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

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?

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to trial. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 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 Get Compensation if I Was Injured by an Emergency Fall?

In most cases, you can still obtain a recovery even if another driver did not directly hit you. Proving a personal injury claim means showing someone was negligent and that their negligence led to your damages. 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 you would not have sustained injuries if they had driver responsibly.

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 make an injury claim. That is why our Springfield, 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. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we truly believe in its merits and that 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 Springfield, 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 want you to believe that it is actually the attorney that cannot be trusted. That is false. If your injury only required an appointment with your primary care doctor it is true that we may not be able to add much value to your claim, with injuries that require more extensive medical treatment and more time off work, you will almost always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to be truly compensated.

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 concluded that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney made any kind of financial recovery, compared to only 51 percent of people without an attorney.

Are There Any Third Parties 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 determine 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 steering systems contributed to your injuries.
  • A business can be held liable 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 fix a known road hazard.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction site if they did not securely zone it off.

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 who knows 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 at Fault?

Yes. It may be true that you were not faultless in an accident somebody else caused. 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 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 be awarded $80,000.

It is important to remember that according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if your injuries are more than half your fault.

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

You deserve a financial recovery for more than just the fact that your were inconvenienced by an accident. There are also hospital expenses, lost wages, possibly disability and mental hardships 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 treatments like emergency room visits, chiropractic appointments, assistive devices and more. If you could not fulfill the normal tasks of your job while recovering, you will get that money back as well. In the worst 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 knee 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 cover other costs such as the cost of fixing your motorcycle.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but essentially compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses. This can include the physical pain and suffering you have undergone to not being able to enjoy your favorite activities like you used to. If you were the MVP in your local basketball league and now can no longer jump the same, Burger Law's Springfield, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will demand that your recovery reflects that.

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

How to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle in Springfield, IL

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the freedom 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 help you learn how to use good judgment on a motorcycle. There are also more advanced courses with advanced turning and emergency maneuver techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather both makes your bike less stable and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Not forgetting about safety equipment — If a collision is unavoidable, safety equipment such as helmets and jackets specifically made for motorcyclists work wonders in avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Adhering to traffic laws — While it may seem fun to wave in between cars, the rules are in place for a reason. Stay in your lane, do not drive too fast and make sure you are following the regulations set out in the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Staying visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights throughout the day. Having a bike and equipment with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are occasionally invisible on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and more susceptible to road hazards such as uneven pavement. Pay attention at all times and do not assume that passenger car drivers will do what is best for you.

Of course, you can still become injured through no fault of your own. That is when Burger Law steps in. Call a motorcycle crash lawyer in Springfield, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get a full financial recovery.

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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Chicago, Illinois | Burger Law

In our three decades years of experience, we have beaten large corporations, resistant insurance companies and gotten great results for our clients. We know all to well the horrible injuries negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. This too shall pass. With the help of Burger Law's Springfield, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team, you will get the full compensation you need to truly recover and be made whole again. We are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest for a reason: we always get great results for our clients. Speak directly to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Springfield, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.

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