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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Vernon Hills, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Vernon Hills, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, count on the compassionate, seasoned and aggressive legal representation of Burger Law to protect your future and secure you a complete recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have dedicated their careers the vulnerable in Vernon Hills and throughout Illinois. Call us 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 Vernon Hills, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides relieves tension and stress and can provide a great sense of companionship with other bikers. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a thoughtless 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 cannot stand bullies who think the road belongs to them and dishonest insurance companies that try to wriggle out of their responsibility. That is why we spend every day investigating claims, trying cases and accepting nothing less than a maximum financial recovery for those who sustain damages by someone else's negligence. This wrong needs to be made right, and the Vernon Hills, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will see to it that it is. Speak to a qualified attorney today at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until we win your claim.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Vernon Hills and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle fatalities and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only barely over half a percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to data from the National Safety Council. In the entire country, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 fatalities. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle accidents which caused 2,404 injuries and 152 fatalities, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over 50 percent of those happened when the motorcycle was going straight ahead, which means the accidents were often because of another driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Most of the crashes occurred in urban 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.

Just under 50 percent of deadly motorcycle wrecks occur in the between June and September, and 50 percent occur on the weekends.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Vernon Hills, IL

A meticulous and dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer will do what needs to be done when it seems like everything is going against you. From the first time we meet to securing you maximum compensation, we will:

  • Investigate your case and determine who is at fault

    We have seen just about every auto accident case imaginable, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will obtain every type of evidence we can, including insurance policies, pictures, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will use our knowledge of accidents and network of crash experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held responsible.

  • Determine how much your injuries are worth

    Then, we will use our network of doctors and economists to put a precise dollar amount on your injuries, and write the insurance company on your behalf demanding full payment. 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. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be $5,000,000.

  • Keep the insurance company on their toes

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Vernon Hills, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure they understand that we will not let them take advantage of you. Insurance companies in Vernon Hills and throughout Illinois know they need to treat out clients fairly because they know how tough we are. awards, honors and accolades that we are proud to have 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 working on your claim immediately and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Vernon Hills, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to learn more about the tremendous care and attention we offer our clients.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Vernon Hills, IL?

Every accident is different, but evaluation of available data illuminates some concerning similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, trust in the Vernon Hills, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to carry out a thorough investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Vernon Hills, IL

As motorcyclists are are not protected by doors, roofs and airbags, the injuries sustained can often be grave and sometimes lead to lifelong disability. While just one in ten people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that percentage jumps up to almost 40 percent of motorcycle riders, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

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

Vernon Hills, 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 what to expect in a motorcycle accident claim. Below are the answers to many of the questions people ask us:

Can I Still Get Compensation if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council found that between 2002 and 2017, 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 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. That means that there is no basis for blaming you for being negligent under the law. While defense lawyer may bring it up in an attempt to devalue your claim, an experienced Vernon Hills, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will not let them get away with it.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

Most likely, no. According to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of civil lawsuits are resolved by a jury. This is because either the injured party accepts a low settlement without consulting with a lawyer, or because they hire a motorcycle accident lawyer who knows how to fight back against a resistant insurance company and get them the compensation they deserve.

Can I Still Get Compensation if I Was Injured by an Emergency Maneuver?

If you performed the maneuver because of another driver's negligence, yes. 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 after someone was driving erratically, you you can still hold the other driver accountable because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

We know that injuries are always unexpected, and injuries often create sudden financial hardships. Our Vernon Hills, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, not an hourly fee. You pay nothing upfront. That is important for two reasons:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we are confident we can add significant value to it.
  2. We will always be straight with you.

At Burger Law, our Vernon Hills, IL motorcycle crash lawyers believe that honesty and integrity are as important as any other quality in a law firm.

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Will I Pay a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer More Money Than It Is Worth?

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 more severe injuries that have higher damages, you will almost always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to hold the insurance company accountable.

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 council also concluded that motorcycle accident lawyers also help people get help people get the full medical treatment they need. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims over nine in 10 respondents who hired a lawyer got compensation, 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 frames contributed to your injuries.
  • A commercial company can be responsible for your injuries if they were caused by bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A local, state or federal government 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 site if important safety measures were not implemented.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a manufacturer, so it is imperative 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 Make a Recovery for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially at Fault?

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 that compensation is still available if you were partially to blame for your accident, but the amount will be less based on how much responsibility you bear. For example, if a fact-finder 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, you would be awarded $80,000.

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

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Vernon Hills, 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 medical cost, consequences for your ability to work, possibly disability and emotional pain as well. Compensation in personal injury claims falls into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the financial impact of your injuries. That includes all medical expenses like prescriptions, physical rehabilitation, crutches and more. It also includes any earnings 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 landscaper who is now confined to a wheelchair, or if you need a knee replacement that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we work with our network of economic experts to how much you need to continue a comfortable lifestyle and pay for those medical expenses.

Economic damages also provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses such as the cost of repairing your motorcycle.

Noneconomic damages are harder to define, but basically they are meant to compensate you for how your life has been affected in non-financial ways. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you have experienced 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 Vernon Hills, 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 Stay Safe on a Motorcycle in Vernon Hills, 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 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 falls techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather such as rain or snow not only makes your bike harder to control, but affects how well other drivers can see you.
  • Wearing safety gear — If a crash is unavoidable, safety gear such as helmets and boots specifically designed for motorcyclists work wonders in not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Obeying the rules of the road — While it is natural to want to wave in between cars, the rules are in place for a reason. Avoid weaving in between cars, do not drive too fast and make sure your bike is compliant with other regulations set out in the Illinois Vehicle Code.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights throughout the day. Having 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 motorists are even aggressive towards them. Prioritize your safety at all times and do not assume others will be respectful.

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 Vernon Hills, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get the best possible results in your claim.

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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Chicago, Illinois | Burger Law

In our three decades years of experience, we have have secured our clients in Vernon Hills and throughout Illinois over $175 million in verdicts and settlements. We know all to well the devastation other people can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. These trying times will not last forever. Burger Law's Vernon Hills, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team will not let someone get away with hurting you. It is not an accident 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 Vernon Hills, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.

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