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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Vermilion County, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Vermilion County, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, count on the ethical, experienced and committed personal injury law firm of Burger Law to defend your rights and demand a maximum recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for those who need help in Vermilion County and throughout Illinois. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Vermilion County, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers relieves tension and stress and can offer a close sense of friendship with other bikers. Unfortunately, it is not without its dangers: that can all come to a screeching halt when a negligent driver does not respect your safety and injures 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 hates bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dubious insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their obligations. That is why we work tirelessly investigating claims, trying cases and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those injured through no fault of their own. You deserve justice, and the Vermilion County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will get it for you. Call us immediately at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until you receive the compensation you are owed.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Vermilion County and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle fatalities and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only less than one percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to data from the National Safety Council. In the entire country, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 perished in motorcycle crashes. 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. 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 a car or truck driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Wrecks happen most frequently in metropolitan areas, especially major city streets.

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

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.

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

A persistent and dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer will stand by your side when you need help the most. From the first time we meet to our final victory in a settlement or in court, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

  • Investigate your accident and ascertain liability

    We have seen just about every auto accident case imaginable, and know how to determine liability. We will gather every bit of evidence available, including proof of your damages, surveillance footage, police reports and more. Then, we will rely on our experience and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • 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 full payment. 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.

  • Stand up to the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Vermilion County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure they understand that we will not let them take advantage of you. Insurance companies in Vermilion County and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know we know how to get great results. 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 investigating your accident and communicating with the insurance company without delay and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Vermilion County, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your journey to true recovery.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Vermilion County, IL?

No two crashes are entirely the same, but analysis indicates some concerning similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

However your accident unfolded, trust in the Vermilion County, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to conduct a full investigation and determine exactly who needs to be held accountable for not respecting your right to ride safely.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Vermilion County, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily tossed from their vehicles, injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can have lifelong consequences. While just over ten percent of Illinois passenger car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that include severe lacerations, fractures, skull or chest injuries and abdominal injuries — that figure increases to 36 percent of motorcycle drivers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

No matter how bad your injuries are, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Vermilion County, IL is here to fight for you and make sure the insurance company cannot minimize the impact of your damages.

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

Most of the calls we get are from people who have often never had to go through a claims process and therefore do not know what to expect in a motorcycle accident claim. Some of the most common questions we get are:

Does it Matter if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council approximates that over a recent 15 year period, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. That is hardly surprising, as head injuries are the number one cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers always recommend driving safely, including wearing a helmet if you are on 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. 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 court. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 civil lawsuits 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 Recover if I Was Injured by an Emergency Maneuver?

If you performed the maneuver because another driver broke the rules of the road, yes. 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 your performed your emergency maneuver after a driver did not see you when turning left, you you can still hold the other driver responsible because their negligence caused your injuries.

What if I Do Not Have the Money to Pay for a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to make an injury claim. Our Vermilion County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, instead of an hourly fee. We only get paid once we win your case. Beyond easier access to quality legal representation, there are two other benefits for you:

  1. We have no reason to take up your claim unless 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 Vermilion County, IL motorcycle crash lawyers will only take on your case if it is in your best interest.

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Can I Really Get More Money With a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Insurance companies want you to believe that it is actually the attorney that cannot be trusted. That is false. 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 get a higher payout 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 we take our percentage. The same research also found 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 with an attorney received a payout, compared to roughly half of people without a lawyer.

What Other Parties Can I Hold Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on things such as road conditions, if the driver was driving in relation to their job 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 clutches played a part in your injuries.
  • A business can be held liable for your injuries if they were caused by bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government entity 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 zone if important safety measures were not implemented.

Different laws apply to making claims against different liable parties, so it is vital to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with Illinois statutes and who is not afraid to stand up to powerful corporations. For example, product liability cases become complicated when the manufacturer no longer exists.

Can I Still Make a Recovery for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially Responsible?

With the help of a seasoned attorney, 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 classified 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 you need $100,000 to reimburse you for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering but that you are 20 percent to to blame for your injuries, you would receive $80,000.

It is important to remember that pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if you are responsible for half of your damages.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Vermilion 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 hospital expenses, time lost from work, possibly disability and emotional burdens as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is divided into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are all the money you either spent or lost because of your injuries. That includes any medical treatments like emergency room visits, physical rehabilitation, 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 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 adjust for inflation and rising costs of medical care.

Economic damages also compensate you for other costs such as transportation to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but essentially compensate you for how your life has been affected in non-financial ways. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you feel to not being able to enjoy your favorite activities like you used to. If you used to play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Vermilion County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure you are compensated for that.

Our motorcycle crash and personal injury lawyers have helped the injured throughout Illinois receive compensation for numerous types of cases, including:

How to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle in Vermilion County, IL

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when not driven properly. 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 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 both creates hazards for you and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Wearing safety gear — In the event of a collision, protective gear such as helmets and jackets specifically designed for bikers work wonders in avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Adhering to traffic laws — While it is natural to want to see just how much you and your bike are capable of, the rules are in place for a reason. Avoid weaving in between cars, do not drive too fast and make sure you are following the regulations set out in the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Staying visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights on at all times. Having a bike and clothing with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • 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 poorly places signs. Keep an eye out at all times and do not assume that others see you or are looking out for your safety.

Of course, you can still become injured through no fault of your own. That is what we are here for. Call a motorcycle crash lawyer in Vermilion 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 three decades years of experience, we have represented hundreds of clients in Vermilion County and throughout Illinois. We have seen firsthand the devastation reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. This too shall pass. Burger Law's Vermilion County, 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 do not back down. Speak directly to a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer in Vermilion County, IL today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

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