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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Wilmette, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Wilmette, IL. If a negligent driver injured you and turned you life upside down, believe in the principled, experienced and tenacious legal advocacy of Burger Law to stand by your side and win you the best possible compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have committed their careers the vulnerable in Wilmette and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Wilmette, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle provides a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a close sense of fellowship with other bikers. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a careless 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 despises bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and dishonest insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders accountable. That is why we have dedicated our lives to investigating claims, trying cases and accepting nothing less than full compensation for those harmed by someone else's poor decisions. You deserve justice, and the Wilmette, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will get it for you. Speak to an honest and experienced attorney now at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until we win your claim.

If you were injured because of someone else's negligence, find out how much your injuries may be worth by using our free personal injury calculator.



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Wilmette, IL and Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Even though motorcycles account for only .06 percent of all vehicle miles traveled nationwide, they accounted for four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all fatalities in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to 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 caused 2,404 injuries and 152 deaths, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Unfortunately, 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 means the accidents were often because of another driver was not looking out for bikers. 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.

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 Wilmette, IL Do for

A prudent and talented motorcycle accident lawyer will be your legal advocate when no one else will. From initial consultation to securing you maximum compensation, our team will:

  • Investigate your accident and ascertain liability

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all types of auto accidents, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will acquire every type of evidence we can, including how much coverage is available, pictures, medical reports and more. Then, we will rely on our familiarity with the law and liability and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • 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 write the insurance company on your behalf demanding you be paid for all of the compensation you are owed. 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. We have settled auto crash cases for anything from $20,000 to $5,000,000.

  • Keep the insurance company honest

    An insurance adjuster's number one goal is to minimize your claim as much as they can. Our Wilmette, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Wilmette and throughout Illinois have come to fear the Burger Law name because they know we know how to get great results. 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 working on your case right away and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Wilmette, 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 Wilmette, IL?

No two crashes are totally alike, but analysis points to some common scenarios that lead to motorcyclists being put in harm's way when other people break the rules. Most motorcycle wrecks are the result of:

However your accident unfolded, you can be sure the Wilmette, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will carry out an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your accident.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Wilmette, IL

As motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other motorists, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just one in ten Illinois car occupants 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 almost 40 percent of motorcycle riders, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

Whatever the extent of your or your loved one's injuries, Burger Law's motorcycle accident lawyer team in Wilmette, IL will see to it that you receive compensation for them.

Wilmette, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our clients are people who have often never had to go through a claims process and are not entirely sure how a motorcycle accident claim works. Below are the answers to many of the questions our clients ask us:

Do I Still Have a Case if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council estimates that over the course of 15 years in the early 2000s, helmets were 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries. That is because 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. Still, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, it is not illegal to drive a motorcycle without a helmet in Illinois. That means that there is no basis for blaming you for being negligent under the law. While an insurance company may try to blame your injuries on your decision not to wear a helmet, an experienced Wilmette, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will tell them that they know that is nonsense.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

Most likely, no. According to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of 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 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 because a driver tried to merge into your lane without looking, you could still pursue a claim because their negligence caused your injuries.

Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

No one anticipates being injured, and injuries often create sudden financial hardships. That is why our Wilmette, 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. Beyond easier access to quality legal representation, there are two other benefits for you:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we are confident we can put a lot more money into your pocket.
  2. We will always be straight with you.

At Burger Law, our Wilmette, 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 you can usually get a fair settlement on your own, with more severe injuries that affect your life in greater ways, you will almost always need a motorcycle accident lawyer to be truly compensated.

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 same research also concluded that motorcycle accident lawyers are integral in getting the full medical treatment they need. According to respondents in a different survey 91 percent of people with an attorney got compensation, compared to barely over half of people without an attorney.

Is Anybody Besides the Other Driver Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on things such as road conditions, if the driver was driving in the course of their employment and motorcycle or car parts, 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 make a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle designer, manufacturer or vendor if a defective product such as faulty handlebars 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 government agency if problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road caused your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured near a construction site if they did not securely zone it off.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a manufacturer, so it is crucial to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with Illinois statutes and who is not afraid to stand up to powerful corporations. For example, there are special restrictions regarding who you can sue in the government and how long you have to sue them.

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

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 referred to 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 depending on how much you contributed to it. For example, if a jury determines your economic and noneconomic damages add up to $100,000 but that the other driver is only 80 percent to blame for your injuries, you would receive $80,000.

It is important to mention that under 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 Wilmette, 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, consequences for your ability to work, possibly disability and mental anguish as well. Compensation in personal injury claims is largely broken down 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 follow up doctors' appointments, physical rehabilitation, assistive devices and more. It also includes any money 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 provide reimbursement for general expenses such as Ubers or bus fare 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 have experienced to having difficulty sleeping. If you were the MVP in your local basketball league and now can no longer jump the same, Burger Law's Wilmette, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will demand that your recovery reflects that.

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

Wilmette, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration 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 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 — If an accident is unavoidable, protective gear such as helmets and visors specifically designed for motorcyclists is key to preventing injuries.
  • Following traffic laws — While it may seem fun to wave in between cars, we all have a duty to keep the roads safe. Stay in your lane, do not drive too fast 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 throughout the day. Investing in a bike and jacket with visibility stripes helps other drivers be aware to your presence.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are often unseen on the road, are often the subject of scorn from other drivers and are affected much more by road hazards such as poorly places signs. Pay attention 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. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in Wilmette, 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 beaten large corporations, resistant insurance companies and gotten great results for our clients. We have seen firsthand the devastation negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who are just trying to enjoy a passion of theirs. This too shall pass. With the help of Burger Law's Wilmette, 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 for nothing that we are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest: we do not back down. Call a veteran motorcycle accident lawyer in Wilmette, IL now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case review.

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