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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Westchester, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Westchester, IL. If someone did not respect your safety and injured you, trust in the compassionate, veteran and dedicated personal injury law firm of Burger Law to defend your rights and secure you a complete recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for those who need help in Westchester and throughout Illinois. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists are not given the same respect other vehicles on the Westchester, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers relieves tension and stress and can offer a great sense of friendship with other bikers. Unfortunately, that can come at a cost: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a negligent driver does not respect your safety and injures you. You did not ask to be in this situation, but now you are forced to deal with it. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team cannot stand bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and dubious insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders responsible. That is why we are constantly filing lawsuits, standing up in trial and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those who sustain damages by someone else's negligence. You deserve justice, and the Westchester, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until we win your claim.

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Westchester, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Fourteen percent of traffic deaths and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only only .06 percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to the National Safety Council. Nationwide, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 deaths. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle wrecks which caused 2,404 injuries and 152 fatalities, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Regrettably, over 50 percent of those crashes came when the motorcycle was going straight ahead, which means the accidents were often because of a car or truck driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. 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 280,322 registered motorcycles, and fittingly was eighth in the country in fatalities in 2017.

Almost half of deadly motorcycle collisions occur in the summer months, and 50 percent happen between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.

How Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Westchester, IL My Claim?

A tenacious and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will do what needs to be done when it seems like everything is going against you. From initial consultation to our final victory in a settlement or in court, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

  • Investigate your claim and determine liability

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine fault. We will gather every bit of evidence available, including insurance policies, pictures, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will use our experience and consult with accident recreation experts to determine exactly how your accident happened and who needs to be held responsible.

  • Determine how much your case is worth

    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 send a settlement letter to the insurance company 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.

  • Fight back against the insurance company

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Westchester, IL motorcycle accident lawyers do not let them get away with it. Insurance companies in Westchester 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 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 do not stop until you get the full compensation you deserve. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Westchester, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true healing.

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

No two crashes are completely identical, but data paints a stark picture of concerning similarities. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

However your accident unfolded, once you hire us the Westchester, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to conduct an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Westchester, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily tossed from their vehicles, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just over ten percent of Illinois passenger car occupants sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that percentage goes up 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:

No matter how bad your injuries are, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Westchester, IL will see to it that you receive compensation for them.

Westchester, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the people who come to us for legal representation never had to hire an attorney before and therefore do not know 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 estimates that over a recent 15 year period, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. Indeed, head injuries are the number one cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

Driving safely saves lives, and that means wearing the right equipment when you are on a motorcycle. Still, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that requires motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not liable. There is no reason for your claim to be affected if you did not wear a helmet.

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

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to court. According to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 tort claims are decided 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 Recover if I Was Injured by an Emergency Fall?

If another driver is responsible for your emergency maneuver. Proving a personal injury claim means showing someone was negligent and that their negligence led to your damages. So if your performed your emergency maneuver because a driver did not see you when turning left, you you can still hold the other driver accountable because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

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

No one anticipates being injured, and few people save up just in case they will ever have to deal with being injured because somebody else broke the rules. Our Westchester, IL motorcycle accident lawyers charge a contingency fee, or a portion of your final payout, not an hourly fee. We only get paid once you are fairly compensated. 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 truly 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 Westchester, IL motorcycle crash lawyers believe that honesty and integrity are as important as any other quality in a law firm.

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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 you can usually get a fair settlement on your own, 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 the study "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 same study 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 with an attorney got compensation, compared to roughly 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 determine that there are other parties you can make a claim against:

  • You can file a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty tires contributed to 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 agency 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 repair a known road hazard.
  • A construction company if you were injured near a construction site if important safety measures were not implemented.

The claims and lawsuit process can vary greatly when it involves different types of defendants, so it is vital to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with Illinois statutes and who has won all of these types of cases before. For example, product liability cases become complicated when the manufacturer no longer exists.

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

With the help of an aggressive attorney, yes. If someone else caused the accident, you may still bear some responsibility for your injuries if you did not follow certain safety protocols. Illinois is what is known 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 jury determines you need $100,000 to reimburse you for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering but that the other driver is only 80 percent liable for your injuries, you would be awarded $80,000.

It is important to note that pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are not eligible for compensation if you were more than half to blame.

What Compensation Can I Receive for My Westchester, 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 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 any medical bills like medication, physical rehabilitation, braces and more. It also includes any earnings you lost from not being able to perform the tasks of your job for a period because of your injuries. In the most awful situations, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. Such as if you were a potential professional athlete who now has a career-ending injury, or if you need vehicle or home modifications that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we consult with economic experts to how much you need to continue a comfortable lifestyle and pay for those medical expenses.

Economic damages also cover other costs such as transportation to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but basically they are intended to compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can include the physical pain and suffering you have undergone to having difficulty sleeping. If you painted as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Westchester, 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 a variety types of cases, including:

How to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle in Westchester, IL

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the freedom they instill. 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 stay safe on a motorcycle. After a basic course, you can take a further course that teaches advanced turning and emergency falls techniques.
  • Looking at the forecast — Inclement weather both results in slippery roads and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Not forgetting about safety gear — If a collision is unavoidable, protective gear such as helmets and gloves specifically designed for motorcyclists work wonders in preventing injuries.
  • Adhering to traffic laws — While it may seem fun 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, ride at an appropriate speed 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 on at all times. Investing in a bike and jacket with visibility stripes helps other drivers be aware to your presence.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are hard for other drivers to see on the road, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some drivers even drive hostilely around. 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 when Burger Law steps in. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Westchester, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get maximum compensation.

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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 Westchester and throughout Illinois. We have seen up close the devastation negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. These trying times will not last forever. With the help of Burger Law's Westchester, 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 an accident that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we respect our clients, we fight hard for our clients and their cases mean something to us. Contact a talented motorcycle accident lawyer in Westchester, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case review.

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