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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Tinley Park, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Tinley Park, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, count on the compassionate, seasoned and aggressive legal representation of Burger Law to stand by your side and secure you full compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have dedicated their careers those who need help in Tinley Park and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

No one can deny that motorcyclists are not given the same respect other vehicles on the Tinley Park, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers relieves tension and stress and can provide a great sense of fellowship with others who enjoy the same feelings. Unfortunately, that can come at a cost: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a negligent driver causes you to crash. You should not have to pay for what somebody else did. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team despises bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dishonest insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their obligations. That is why we have dedicated our lives to investigating claims, standing up in trial and accepting nothing less than a maximum financial recovery for those hurt when they did nothing wrong. This injustice needs to be undone, and the Tinley Park, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will see to it that it is. Speak to a qualified attorney today at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until we win your claim.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Tinley Park and Illinois?

Despite the fact that motorcycles account for less than one percent of all vehicle miles traveled nationwide, they made up four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all deaths in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to data from the National Safety Council. Nationwide, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 deaths. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle wrecks, 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, which leads us to believe that the accidents were often due to another driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Crashes are most common in urban 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 deaths in 2017.

The most common season for motorcycle crashes is summer, and half of all wrecks happen between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.

What Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Tinley Park, IL Do for

A meticulous and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will stand by your side when you need help the most. From our first phone call to the day you receive your payment, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

  • Investigate your claim and ascertain liability

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine liability. We will acquire every type of evidence we can, including insurance policies, dash or helmet cameras, medical reports and more. Then, we will use 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 the value of your injuries

    Next, 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 a settlement letter demanding that you receive all of it. How much you receive depends on the specifics of your case. We have settled auto crash cases for anything from $20,000 to $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 Tinley Park, IL motorcycle accident lawyers do not let them get away with it. Insurance companies in Tinley Park and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name because they know how tough we are. 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 without delay and work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Tinley Park, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to find out more about what we can do for you.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Tinley Park, IL?

No two crashes are completely identical, but data reveals some common scenarios that lead to motorcyclists being put in harm's way when other people break the rules. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

Whatever caused your collision, trust in the Tinley Park, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to perform a full investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for injuring you.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Tinley Park, IL

As motorcyclists are are not protected by doors, roofs and airbags, the injuries sustained can often be severe and sometimes lead to permanent disability. While just over ten percent of people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that figure increases to almost 40 percent of motorcycle drivers and passengers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

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

Tinley Park, 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 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 reports that over the course of 15 years in the early 2000s, 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.

Driving safely saves lives, and that means wearing a helmet if you are on a motorcycle. Still, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that compels motorcycle drivers to wear a helmet. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not liable. While an insurance company may bring it up in an attempt to devalue your claim, an experienced Tinley Park, 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 research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of tort claims are decided 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 Recover if I Was Injured by an Emergency Maneuver?

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 you were injured because you were forced into an emergency maneuver because a driver tried to merge into your lane without looking, you you still deserve compensation because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

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 Tinley Park, 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 we win your case. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless we genuinely believe in its merits and that we can add significant value to it.
  2. You can trust that we are not inflating our earnings with busy work.

At Burger Law, our Tinley Park, 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 always try to say that a lawyer will only take money out of your pocket in the end. While in some cases with mild injuries 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 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, you are likely to get up to 350 percent more for an auto accident with an attorney, even after considering attorneys' fees. The same study also concluded that motorcycle accident lawyers are integral in getting the full medical treatment they need to recover. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims 91 percent of people with an attorney made any kind of financial recovery, compared to barely over 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 looking extensively into your case your motorcycle accident lawyer will determine that there are other parties you can make a claim against:

  • You can file a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty ignition switches 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 government entity if problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road contributed to your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured around a construction site if they did not securely zone it off.

Different laws apply to making claims against different liable parties, so it is essential to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who knows Illinois statutes and who is not afraid to go after every liable party. For example, who can be held liable in a product liability case depends on who was responsible for what part of the vehicle reaching the market.

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

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 what is known 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 mediator determines your injuries are worth $100,000 but that the other driver is only 80 percent to blame for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

It is important to mention that under 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if the accident was more than 50 percent your fault.

What Compensation Can I Recover for My Tinley Park, 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, lost wages, 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 any medical treatments like emergency room visits, chiropractic appointments, assistive devices and more. It also includes any earnings you lost from not being able to work for a period while recovering. In the worst cases, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. Such as if you were a landscaper who is now confined to a wheelchair, or if you need a wheelchair that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we consult with 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 harder to define, but essentially compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can include the physical pain and suffering you have experienced to experiencing pain when bringing in the groceries. If you were the MVP in your local basketball league and now can no longer jump the same, Burger Law's Tinley Park, 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 have helped the injured throughout Illinois receive compensation for a variety types of cases, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Tinley Park, IL

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when not driven properly. Being judicious about safety is a must on a motorcycle. The best ways to reduce the risk of accident and injury is by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will instill in you the rules of the road for motorcyclists. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches 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 — If a crash is unavoidable, safety equipment such as helmets and gloves specifically designed for motorcyclists go a long way in preventing 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 an obligation to protect ourselves and others on the road. 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 — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights on at all times. Having a bike and gear with visibility stripes goes a long way in helping others see you too.
  • 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 uneven pavement. Prioritize your safety at all times and do not assume others will be respectful.

Of course, even when you do not do anything wrong you can still be injured by another person's negligence. That is when Burger Law steps in. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Tinley Park, 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 represented hundreds of clients in Tinley Park and throughout Illinois. We have seen up close the devastation reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. This too shall pass. Burger Law's Tinley Park, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will not let someone get away with hurting you. It is not for nothing that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we always get great results for our clients. Speak directly to a knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer in Tinley Park, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation.

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