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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Steward, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Steward, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, trust in the ethical, seasoned and aggressive legal representation of Burger Law to protect your future and secure you the best possible compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have committed their careers the injured in Steward and throughout Illinois. Call our office now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists all but invisible on the Steward, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can provide a close sense of companionship with others who enjoy the same feelings. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: that can all come to a crashing halt when a careless driver fails to see 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 abhors bullies who think the road belongs to them and resistant insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders accountable. That is why we are constantly filing lawsuits, trying cases and demanding a maximum financial recovery for those injured through no fault of their own. You deserve justice, and the Steward, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will get it for you. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney now at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until you get your settlement or verdict check.

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Steward, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle deaths and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only only .06 percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to research from the National Safety Council. In the entire country, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 passed away in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle accidents which caused 2,404 injuries and 152 deaths, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Unfortunately, over half of those occurred 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 due to a car or truck driver was not looking out for bikers. Crashes are most common in densely populated areas, especially around tolls.

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

Just under 50 percent of deadly motorcycle wrecks occur in the summer months, and half happen between Friday night and Monday morning.

What Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Steward, IL Do for

A diligent and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will be your rock when no one else will. From our first phone call to our final victory in a settlement or in court, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and determine liability

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all types of auto accidents, and know how to determine who is responsible. We will obtain every bit of evidence available, including how much coverage is available, dash or helmet cameras, medical reports and more. Then, we will rely on our knowledge of accidents and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine the value of your claim

    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 informing them that we will settle for nothing less than the maximum compensation. 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.

  • Stand up to the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Steward, IL motorcycle accident lawyers do not let them get away with it. Insurance companies in Steward 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 investigating your accident and communicating with the insurance company immediately and work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Steward, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to learn more about what we can do for you.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Steward, IL?

Every accident is its own beast, but evaluation of available data reveals some troubling similarities. Most motorcycle wrecks are the result of:

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, trust in the Steward, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to perform an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for not respecting your right to ride safely.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Steward, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily flung from their vehicles, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just one in ten 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 number increases to almost 40 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:

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

Steward, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for legal counsel never been in an accident and naturally have questions about 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 reports 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 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. 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 My Case Go to Trial?

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to trial. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of tort claims are resolved by a jury. 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?

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 caused the accident that injured you. So if your performed your emergency maneuver because another motorist was looking at their phone, you you can still hold the other driver liable because their negligence caused your injuries.

Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and the economic burden of medical bills and lost wages is often immediately severe. That is why our Steward, 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 genuinely believe in its merits and that we can put a lot more money into your pocket.
  2. You will not receive any empty promises.

At Burger Law, our Steward, 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 always claim that a lawyer will only take money out of your pocket in the end. 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 always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to make a full recovery.

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 same research also concluded that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. According to respondents in a different survey over nine in 10 respondents who hired a lawyer got compensation, compared to only 51 percent of people without an attorney.

Are There Any Third Parties Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the specifics of your accident, but motorcycle accident lawyers often reveal other liable parties:

  • You can file a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty protective gear 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 local, state or federal government if a road hazard or poorly designed road contributed to your accident.
  • A construction company if you were injured near 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 company, so it is essential to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with Illinois statutes and who has won all of these types of cases before. 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 at Fault?

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 referred to as a "modified comparative fault" state. That means you will only be compensated for the part of accident that liable party is responsible for. For example, if a fact-finder determines your economic and noneconomic damages add up to $100,000 but that the other driver is only 80 percent to blame for your injuries, you would be awarded $80,000.

It is important to mention that according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are barred from receiving compensation if you were more than half to blame.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Steward, 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 expenses, lost wages, possibly disability and emotional scarring as well. You will compensated 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 medication, surgeries, assistive devices and more. If you could not work while recovering, you will get that money back as well. In severe cases, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. Such as 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 other costs such as having to put your kids in a daycare while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but essentially compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can include the physical pain and suffering you have undergone to not being able to play with your kids like before. If you were the MVP in your local basketball league and now can no longer jump the same, Burger Law's Steward, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure the insurance adjuster or jury understands just how big of an impact your injuries have had.

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

Steward, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration they instill. It is important to never underestimate how dangerous road hazards and other drivers are to you. Some important steps to take to stay safe include:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will instill in you 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 both makes your bike less stable and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Wearing safety gear — If an accident is unavoidable, safety equipment such as helmets and boots specifically made for motorcyclists is key to preventing injuries.
  • Obeying the rules of the road — While it may seem fun to test your limits, we all have an obligation to protect ourselves and others on the road. Stay in your lane, ride at an appropriate speed and make sure your bike is compliant with other regulations set out in the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Staying visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights no matter what time of day it is. Investing in a bike and equipment with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are hard for other drivers to see on the road, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some drivers are even aggressive towards them. Prioritize your safety at all times and do not assume others will see you.

Of course, even when you do not do anything wrong you can still be injured by another person's negligence. That is what we are here for. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in Steward, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get maximum compensation.

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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 Steward and throughout Illinois. We have seen up close the damage other people can cause for motorcyclists who do not do anything wrong. This too shall pass. With the help of Burger Law's Steward, 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 fight until there is nothing left to fight. Speak directly to a tenacious motorcycle accident lawyer in Steward, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

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