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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Stephenson County, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Stephenson County, IL. If someone broke the rules of the road and you ended up injured, trust in the compassionate, veteran and tenacious personal injury law firm of Burger Law to defend your rights and win you the best possible compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have pledged their careers those who need help in Stephenson County and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists are not given the same respect other vehicles on the Stephenson County, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle offers a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can offer a great sense of friendship with others who enjoy the same freedoms. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: that can all come to a crashing halt when a thoughtless 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 think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dishonest insurance companies that try to avoid their obligations. That is why we spend every day litigating cases, standing up in trial and demanding a maximum financial recovery for those injured when they did nothing wrong. You deserve justice, and the Stephenson County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until we win your claim.

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Stephenson County, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Even though motorcycles make up only .06 percent of total traffic miles traveled in the country, they made up four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all deaths in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to the National Safety Council. In the entire country, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 died in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle crashes, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over 50 percent of those happened when a passenger car or truck collided with a motorcycle when the biker was driving in a straight line, insinuating that the accidents were often caused by another driver was not looking out for bikers. Wrecks happen most frequently in densely populated areas, especially around tolls.

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

The most common season for motorcycle crashes is summer, and half of all wrecks happen on the weekends.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Stephenson County, IL

A prudent and talented motorcycle accident lawyer will stand by your side when it seems like everything is going against you. From the first time we meet to securing you maximum compensation, our team will:

  • Investigate your claim and determine who is at fault

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine who is responsible. We will obtain every type of evidence we can, including insurance policies, surveillance footage, medical reports and more. Then, we will utilize our familiarity with the law and liability and consult with accident recreation experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held accountable.

  • Determine how much your injuries are worth

    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 write the insurance company on your behalf demanding you be paid for all of the compensation you are owed. Every claim is different, and your compensation will be based on the severity of your injuries, how much time you lost from work recovering and how the injuries have affected you physically and emotionally. 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 to the fullest extent they believe that are able to. Our Stephenson County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Stephenson County and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know we accept nothing but full compensation. 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. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Stephenson County, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to discover more about the tremendous care and attention we offer our clients.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Stephenson County, IL?

No two crashes are entirely alike, but research points to some common scenarios that lead to motorcyclists being injured on the road. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

Whatever caused your collision, you can be sure the Stephenson County, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will carry out a thorough investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for injuring you.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Stephenson County, IL

As motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have permanent consequences. 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 figure goes up to almost 40 percent of motorcycle drivers, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

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

Stephenson County, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never been in an accident and are not entirely sure the motorcycle accident claim process. 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 found that between 2002 and 2017, 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 a helmet if you are on a motorcycle. Still, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, it is not illegal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet in Illinois. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not to blame. 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?

Most likely, no. According to research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 civil lawsuits are resolved by a jury. 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 Maneuver?

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 you had no choice but to try an emergency maneuver after another motorist was looking at their phone, you you can still hold the other driver liable because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

No one anticipates being injured, and the economic burden of medical bills and lost wages is often immediately severe. That is why our Stephenson County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means we take a percentage of your final compensation as our fees. We only get paid once you are fairly compensated. 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 are confident we can put a lot more money into your pocket.
  2. You can trust that we are not inflating our earnings with busy work.

At Burger Law, our Stephenson County, 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 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, you are likely to get up to 350 percent more for an auto accident with an attorney, even after considering attorneys' fees. The same research also concluded 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 who hired a lawyer made any kind of financial recovery, 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 manufacturer if a defective product such as faulty brakes caused your injuries.
  • A commercial company can owe you compensation for their driver's negligence if you were injured in a bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government entity if problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road contributed to your accident.
  • A construction company if you were injured near a construction zone if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable danger.

Different laws apply to making claims against different liable parties, so it is imperative to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with Illinois statutes and who is not afraid to go after every liable party. 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 at Fault?

With the help of a talented attorney, yes. It may be true that you were not faultless in an accident somebody else caused. 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 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, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to remember that pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you will not be able to make any sort of recovery if your injuries are more than half your fault.

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

You deserve a financial recovery for more than just the fact that your were inconvenienced by an accident. There are also medical bills, consequences for your ability to work, possibly disability and mental tribulations as well. You will compensated for two types of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the financial impact of your injuries. That includes all medical costs like follow up doctors' appointments, chiropractic appointments, assistive devices and more. It also includes any money you lost from not being able to work for a period while recovering. In the worst cases, you may have future economic damages as well. For example, if you were a warehouse worker who can no longer lift over 20 pounds, or if you need assistive devices that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we consult with economic experts to determine what those costs will be in the future.

Economic damages also provide reimbursement for general expenses such as the cost of fixing your motorcycle.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but essentially compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you have experienced to experiencing pain when going up the stairs. If you used to play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Stephenson County, 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 claims, including:

Stephenson County, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

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 overestimate your abilities on a motorcycle. The best ways to reduce the risk of accident and injury is by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will help you learn how to stay safe on a motorcycle. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches 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 equipment — In the event of an accident, protective gear such as helmets and gloves specifically manufactured for motorcyclists go a long way in not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Following the rules of the road — While it is natural to want to stretch your freedom, we all have a duty to keep the roads safe. Stay in your lane, drive the speed limit and make sure you are following the regulations set out in 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Staying visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights throughout the day. Investing in a bike and jacket with visibility stripes helps other drivers be aware to your presence.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are often unseen 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, you can still become injured through no fault of your own. That is when Burger Law steps in. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in Stephenson County, 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 30 years of experience, we have represented hundreds of clients in Stephenson County and throughout Illinois. We have seen up close the horrible injuries other people can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. You do not have to go through this alone. With the help of Burger Law's Stephenson County, 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 fight until there is nothing left to fight. Contact a tenacious motorcycle accident lawyer in Stephenson County, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case review.

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