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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Tazewell County, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Tazewell County, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, count on the honest, veteran and dedicated personal injury law firm of Burger Law to protect your future and secure you a maximum recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for those who need help in Tazewell County and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists all but invisible on the Tazewell County, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle provides a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a great sense of fellowship with other bikers. Unfortunately, that can come at a cost: you can be robbed of that feeling when a negligent driver causes you to crash. 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 despises bullies who think the road belongs to them and dubious insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders accountable. That is why we are constantly investigating claims, standing up in trial and accepting nothing less than a maximum financial recovery for those hurt when they did nothing wrong. You deserve justice, and the Tazewell County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney today at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until we win your claim.

If another person broke the rules and injured you, find out the value of your claim by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.



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Tazewell County, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Despite the fact that motorcycles make up barely over half a percent of all vehicle miles traveled in the country, they accounted for four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all fatalities in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to data from 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 accidents, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, 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 caused by another driver was not looking out for bikers. Most of the crashes occurred in densely populated areas, especially on arterial roads.

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

Nearly 50 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents occur in the in the summer when the weather is nicer, and 50 percent happen on the weekends.

What Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Tazewell County, IL Do for

A tenacious and talented motorcycle accident lawyer will be your legal advocate when no one else will. From initial consultation to securing you maximum compensation, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

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

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine fault. We will gather every bit of evidence available, including how much coverage is available, pictures, police reports and more. Then, we will utilize our knowledge of accidents and consult with accident recreation experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held accountable.

  • Determine the value of your claim

    Next, we will use our network of physicians and economic experts to put a precise dollar amount on your injuries, 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. Some successful resolutions end up being tens of thousands of dollars, while others can reach the millions.

  • Fight back against the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to minimize your claim as much as they can. Our Tazewell County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Tazewell County and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name because they know how tough we are. bad faith failure to settle so they know we will not yield until you get the best possible compensation.

  • Keep you informed and offer wise legal counsel

    Client communication is one of our top priorities. Being injured because of someone else's negligence already causes enough doubt, so you need a law firm that will consistently be by your side. We oversee all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on your medical treatment and on your family. As receive settlement offers, we will provide legal counsel based on what we believe to be your best path forward. We are always straightforward about the best possible results for your case or if it is best to proceed to trial. We believe in what we tell you, but in the end, we leave the ultimate decision up to you.

  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury if necessary

    While most claims settle out of court, you may need a motorcycle accident lawyer in Tazewell County, IL who knows how to win trials. You need a trial attorney who will argue on your behalf in a court of law. Among the numerous awards, honors and accolades that we have earned over the years 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. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Tazewell County, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true recovery.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Tazewell County, IL?

No two crashes are completely the same, but data shows some common trends that lead to motorcyclists being put in harm's way on the road. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

However your accident unfolded, you can be sure the Tazewell County, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will conduct a thorough investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for not respecting your right to ride safely.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Tazewell County, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily launched from their vehicles, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have permanent consequences. While just over ten percent of Illinois car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that percentage increases to over a third of motorcycle drivers and passengers, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

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

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

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never had to go through a claims process and naturally have questions about how a motorcycle accident claim works. Below are the answers to many of the questions people ask us:

Does it Matter if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council found 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.

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. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not to blame. While an insurance company may bring it up in an attempt to devalue your claim, an experienced Tazewell County, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will set them straight.

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

That is incredibly unlikely. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of civil lawsuits are resolved 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?

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 a driver did not see you when turning left, 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 the economic burden of medical bills and lost wages is often immediately severe. Our Tazewell County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, not an hourly fee. We only get paid once we win your case. Beyond easier access to quality legal representation, there are two other advantages for you:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we are sure we believe your damages are worth much more than what the insurance company is currently offering.
  2. You will not receive any empty promises.

At Burger Law, our Tazewell County, IL motorcycle crash lawyers work for you, the injured, and only you.

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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 have higher medical bills and cause more pain and suffering, you will almost certainly get more money if you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer.

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 the contingency fee has been paid. The council also determined that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. According to respondents in a different survey 91 percent of people who hired a lawyer made any kind of financial recovery, compared to roughly half of people without a lawyer.

Is Anybody Besides the Other Driver Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on things such as road conditions, if the driver was driving in the course of their employment and motorcycle or car parts, but motorcycle accident lawyers often uncover 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 steering systems played a part in your injuries.
  • A business can be held liable 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 problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road contributed to your accident.
  • A construction company if you were injured near a construction site if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable risk harm.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a government entity, so it is imperative 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 Responsible?

With the help of an aggressive attorney, yes. It may be true that you were not faultless in an accident somebody else caused. Illinois is referred to 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 fact-finder determines your injuries are worth $100,000 but that the other driver is only 80 percent liable for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to remember that according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you will not be able to make any sort of recovery if the accident was more than 50 percent your fault.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Tazewell County, 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 hospital cost, consequences for your ability to work, possibly disability and mental anguish as well. You will compensated 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 prescriptions, physical therapy, braces and more. It also includes any wages you lost from not being able to perform the tasks of your job for a period because of your injuries. In severe cases, you may have future economic damages as well. Such as if you were a potential professional athlete who now has a career-ending injury, or if you need a knee replacement 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 out-of-pocket expenses such as transportation to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but basically they are meant to compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you feel to experiencing pain when going up the stairs. If you enjoyed biking on the weekends but now your knee clicks, Burger Law's Tazewell 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 cases, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Tazewell County, IL

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when not driven properly. Being thorough about safety is a must on a motorcycle. Some important steps to take to stay safe include:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will help you learn how to use good judgment on a motorcycle. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches 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.
  • Wearing safety equipment — In the event of a crash, safety gear such as helmets and gloves specifically manufactured for motorcyclists work wonders in avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Adhering to the rules of the road — While it may be tempting to see just how much you and your bike are capable of, we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others on the road. Stay in your lane, do not drive too fast and make sure you are following the regulations set out in 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Staying visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights throughout the day. Investing in a bike and jacket with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are often unseen on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and are affected much more by 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. Call a motorcycle crash lawyer in Tazewell 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 have secured our clients in Tazewell County and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We know all to well the horrible injuries reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. This too shall pass. Burger Law's Tazewell County, 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 talented motorcycle accident lawyer in Tazewell County, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation.

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