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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Westmont, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Westmont, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, trust in the empathetic, experienced and committed legal advocacy of Burger Law to protect your future and win you a maximum recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have dedicated their careers those who need help in Westmont and throughout Illinois. Call our office 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 Westmont, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides a sort of meditative connection between the mind and body and can provide a great sense of brotherhood with others who enjoy the same feelings. Unfortunately, that can come at a cost: you can be robbed of that feeling when a negligent driver does not respect your safety and injures you. You should not have to pay for another person's recklessness. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team loathes bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and resistant insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders responsible. That is why we have dedicated our lives to litigating cases, trying cases and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those who sustain damages when they did nothing wrong. You deserve justice, and the Westmont, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT. We charge no fees until you get your settlement or verdict check.

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Westmont, 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 made up four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all deaths in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to research from the National Safety Council. In the entire country, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 passed away in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle crashes which resulted in 2,404 injuries and 152 fatalities, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Sadly, over half of those crashes came when a passenger car or truck collided with a motorcycle when the biker was driving in a straight line, insinuating that the accidents were often caused by a car or truck driver failing to notice motorcyclists. Crashes are most common in urban areas, especially major city streets.

According to the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with close to 300,000 registered motorcycles, and fittingly was eighth in the country in fatalities in 2017.

The most common season for motorcycle crashes is summer, and half of all wrecks happen on the weekends.

What Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Westmont, IL Do for

A prudent and dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer will fight on your behalf when no one else will. 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 claim and determine who is at fault

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all categories of auto accidents, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will acquire every type of evidence we can, including how much coverage is available, pictures, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will utilize our knowledge of accidents and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    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 informing them that we will settle for nothing less than the maximum compensation. 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 number one goal is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Westmont, IL motorcycle accident lawyers do not let them get away with it. Insurance companies in Westmont and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know we accept nothing but full compensation. 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 right away and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Discuss the details of your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Westmont, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true recovery.

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

Every accident is its own beast, but data points to some common trends that lead to motorcyclists being injured when other people break the rules. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, you can be sure the Westmont, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will carry out a full investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Westmont, IL

As motorcyclists are are easily flung from their vehicles, the injuries sustained can often be significant and sometimes result in permanent disability. While just 11.7 percent of people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that prevents you from walking, driving or otherwise participating in activities you used to be capable of — that number increases to over a third of motorcycle drivers and passengers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. The more common motorcycle accident injuries are:

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

Westmont, 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 are not entirely sure what to expect in a motorcycle accident claim. 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 estimates that between 2002 and 2017, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. Indeed, head injuries are the number one cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

Persuading people to drive safely is an important part of what we do, 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 riders to wear a helmet. That means that there is no basis for blaming you for being negligent under the law. While an insurance company may bring it up in an attempt to devalue your claim, an experienced Westmont, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will set them straight.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

That is incredibly unlikely. According to research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 civil lawsuits are decided 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 Get Compensation 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 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 responsible 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 injuries often create sudden financial hardships. That is why our Westmont, IL motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means we take a percentage of your final compensation as our fees. 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. You can trust that we are not inflating our earnings with busy work.

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

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Will I Just End Up Losing Out on Money if I Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Insurance companies always claim that a lawyer will only cost you more money in the end. While in some cases with mild injuries you can usually get a fair settlement on your own, with more severe injuries that have higher medical bills and cause more pain and suffering, you will almost always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to make a full recovery.

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 considering attorneys' fees. The council also determined that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. According to a survey of people who pursued auto crash injury claims 91 percent of people with an attorney got compensation, compared to only 51 percent of people who did not seek legal representation.

Is Anybody Besides the Other Driver Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on things such as road conditions, if the driver was operating a vehicle in relation to their job and motorcycle or car parts, but motorcycle accident lawyers often reveal other liable parties:

  • You can make a product liability claim anyone involved in the chain of distribution in motor vehicles if a defective product such as faulty fuel systems played a part in your injuries.
  • A business can owe you compensation 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 repair a known road hazard.
  • A construction company if you were injured in a construction site if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable danger.

The claims and lawsuit process can vary greatly when it involves different types of defendants, so it is imperative to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who is well-versed in Illinois statutes and who understands how to litigate against different entities. 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 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 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 the other driver is only 80 percent to blame for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

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

What Compensation Can I Receive for My Westmont, 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, lost wages, possibly disfigurement and mental tribulations 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 any medical treatments like medication, surgeries, braces and more. It also includes any wages you lost from not being able to work for a period while recovering. In the most awful situations, your finances may be impacted in the future 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 work with our network of economic experts to determine what those costs will be in the future.

Economic damages also cover out-of-pocket expenses such as the cost of fixing your motorcycle.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but basically they are intended to compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you have experienced to not being able to enjoy your favorite activities like you used to. If you enjoyed biking on the weekends but now your knee clicks, Burger Law's Westmont, 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 take on numerous types of claims, including:

Westmont, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

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. The best ways to reduce the risk of accident and injury is by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will get you familiar with how to stay safe 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 creates hazards for you and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Using the right safety equipment — In the event of a crash, safety gear such as helmets and boots specifically designed for bikers work wonders in not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Following traffic laws — While it may seem fun to stretch your freedom, the rules are in place for a reason. Pay close attention to your surroundings, drive the speed limit and make sure you are following the regulations set out in 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Under Illinois law, you are required to have your headlights no matter what time of day it is. 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, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and more susceptible to road hazards such as poorly places signs. Pay attention 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 what we are here for. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Westmont, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get maximum compensation.

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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Chicago, Illinois | Burger Law

In our 30 years of experience, we have represented hundreds of clients in Westmont and throughout Illinois. We have seen firsthand 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 Westmont, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team, you will get the full compensation you need to truly recover and be made whole again. 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 an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Westmont, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case review.

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