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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Winthrop Harbor, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Winthrop Harbor, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, count on the compassionate, accomplished and aggressive legal advocacy of Burger Law to defend your rights and demand full compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have committed their careers the injured in Winthrop Harbor and throughout Illinois. Call a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists are not given the same respect other vehicles on the Winthrop Harbor, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle offers relieves tension and stress and can provide a close sense of friendship with other bikers. Unfortunately, that can come at a cost: that can all come to a crashing halt when a thoughtless driver fails to see 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 hates bullies who think they can disrespect motorcyclists' safety and dishonest insurance companies that try to avoid their responsibility. That is why we work tirelessly investigating claims, convincing jury members and demanding full compensation for those harmed when they did nothing wrong. You deserve justice, and the Winthrop Harbor, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will deliver it. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until we win your claim.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Winthrop Harbor and Illinois?

Despite the fact that motorcycles make up only .06 percent of all traffic miles traveled in the country, they accounted for four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all fatalities in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to data from the National Safety Council. Nationwide, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 fatalities. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle wrecks which resulted in 2,404 injuries and 152 deaths, 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 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 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.

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

A meticulous and dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer will be your legal advocate when no one else will. From initial consultation to securing you maximum compensation, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

  • Investigate your case and ascertain who is at fault

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all types of auto accidents, and know how to uncover the causes of accidents. We will gather every type of evidence we can, including how much coverage is available, dash or helmet cameras, police reports and more. Then, we will utilize our knowledge of accidents and network of crash experts to determine who we need to make a claim against.

  • Determine the value of your claim

    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 immediately inform the insurance company that you expect to make a recovery for the entirety of your damages. How much you are owed depends on the specifics of your case. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be in the millions.

  • Keep the insurance company on their toes

    An insurance adjuster's priority is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Winthrop Harbor, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Winthrop Harbor 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 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 investigating your accident and communicating with the insurance company immediately and do not stop until you get the full compensation you deserve. Discuss the details of your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Winthrop Harbor, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to find out more about the tremendous care and attention we offer our clients.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Winthrop Harbor, IL?

Every accident is different, but analysis reveals some troubling similarities. The majority of motorcycle crashes fall in the following categories:

However your accident unfolded, trust in the Winthrop Harbor, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to perform an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Winthrop Harbor, IL

As motorcyclists are are not protected by doors, roofs and airbags, the injuries sustained can often be significant and even lead to lifelong disability. While just 11.7 percent of people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that is severely debilitation — that percentage goes up 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 Winthrop Harbor, IL motorcycle accident lawyers have recovered compensation for people with minor whiplash injuries as well as permanent disabilities like paralysis.

Winthrop Harbor, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never been in an accident and therefore do not know how a motorcycle accident claim works. 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 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 drivers to wear a helmet. So, according to state law, you did not do anything wrong and therefore are not at-fault. 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?

Most likely, no. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three out of 100 civil lawsuits are decided by a jury. 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?

In most cases, you can still obtain a recovery even if another driver did not directly hit you. 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 you had no choice but to try an emergency maneuver after a driver tried to merge into your lane without looking, you you can still hold the other driver accountable because your injuries are ultimately their fault.

Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

No one anticipates being injured, and injuries often create sudden financial hardships. Our Winthrop Harbor, 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. That is important for two reasons:

  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. You will not receive any empty promises.

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

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

Insurance companies always claim that a lawyer will only take money out of your pocket in the end. If your injury only required an appointment with your primary care doctor 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 more money 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 considering attorneys' fees. The same research also determined that motorcycle accident lawyers are integral in getting 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 made any kind of financial recovery, compared to roughly half of people who did not seek legal representation.

Are There Any Third Parties Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the circumstances surrounding your crash, 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 handlebars played a part in your injuries.
  • A commercial company can owe you compensation 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 fix a known road hazard.
  • A construction company if you were injured near a construction zone if important safety measures were not implemented.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a business, so it is imperative to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident familiar with Illinois statutes and who has won all of these types of cases before. 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 Make a Recovery for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially Responsible?

With the help of a talented 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 you will only be compensated for the part of accident that liable party is responsible for. For example, if a jury determines you are owed $100,000 in damages but that the other driver is only 80 percent liable for your injuries, you would be awarded $80,000.

It is important to remember that according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you will not be able to make any sort of recovery if you are responsible for 50 percent of your damages.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Winthrop Harbor, IL Motorcycle Accident?

Your injuries affect you in more ways than just physical pain and needing to recover. There are also hospital bills, time lost from work, possibly disfigurement and emotional scarring 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, surgeries, crutches and more. If you could not fulfill the normal tasks of your job while recovering, you will be compensated for that as well. In the most awful situations, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. Such as if you can only safely work 20 hours a week now, 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 compensate you for out-of-pocket expenses such as transportation to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, 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 undergone to having difficulty sleeping. If you used to play piano everyday but now cannot sit up straight at the bench, Burger Law's Winthrop Harbor, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure you are compensated for that.

Our motorcycle crash and personal injury lawyers take on numerous types of cases, including:

Winthrop Harbor, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The fun and freedom that motorcycles offer can be offset by how dangerous they can be when not driven properly. It is important to never overestimate your abilities on a motorcycle. The best ways to reduce the risk of accident and injury is by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will help you learn how to stay safe on a motorcycle. There are also more advanced courses with advanced turning and emergency falls techniques.
  • Planning for the weather — Inclement weather such as rain or snow not only makes your bike harder to control, but affects how well other drivers can see you.
  • Using the right safety gear — If a crash is unavoidable, safety gear such as helmets and gloves specifically made for bikers work wonders in avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Adhering to traffic laws — While it is natural to want to wave in between cars, we all have an obligation to protect ourselves and others on the road. Pay close attention to your surroundings, ride at an appropriate velocity and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with 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 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, 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 see you.

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 Winthrop Harbor, 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 beaten large corporations, resistant insurance companies and gotten great results for our clients. We know all to well the devastation negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. You do not have to go through this alone. Burger Law's Winthrop Harbor, 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. Contact a veteran motorcycle accident lawyer in Winthrop Harbor, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case review.

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