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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Woodford County, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Woodford County, IL. If someone was negligent and you ended up injured, rely on the compassionate, experienced and aggressive legal advocacy of Burger Law to defend your rights and demand maximum compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have pledged their careers the injured in Woodford County and throughout Illinois. Call a qualified attorney now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

It is unarguable that motorcyclists are second-class citizens on the Woodford County, IL roads. Riding a motorcycle provides a sense of freedom and excitement and can offer a close sense of brotherhood with other bikers. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a negligent driver causes you to crash. 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 dubious insurance companies that try to avoid their duty. That is why we are constantly litigating cases, trying cases and accepting nothing less than a maximum financial recovery for those hurt by someone else's negligence. You deserve justice, and the Woodford County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will get it for you. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT. You do not pay until you get your settlement or verdict check.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Woodford County and Illinois?

Fourteen percent of motor vehicle deaths and four percent of injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, despite only less than one percent of vehicle traffic being motorcycles, according to the National Safety Council. In the entire country, in 2020 82,000 people were injured and 5,579 died in motorcycle crashes. In Illinois, there were 3,077 motorcycle accidents which caused 2,404 injuries and 152 deaths, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Unfortunately, over 50 percent of those happened 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 because of another driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Wrecks happen most frequently in metropolitan 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.

Almost half of fatal motorcycle accidents occur in the in the summer when the weather is nicer, and 50 percent happen on the weekends.

What Can a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Woodford County, IL Do for

A diligent and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer will be your legal advocate when it seems like everything is going against you. From initial consultation to our final victory in a settlement or in court, our team will:

  • Investigate your claim and determine who is at fault

    We know auto accident claims, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will gather every bit of evidence available, including insurance policies, surveillance footage, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will rely on our experience and consult with accident recreation experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine the value of your injuries

    Then, we will consult with medical and financial experts to put an exact dollar amount on your injuries, and immediately inform the insurance company that you expect to make a recovery for the entirety of your damages. 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 on their toes

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Woodford County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately make them reverse track and put them on their heels. Insurance companies in Woodford County and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know how tough we are. 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 work tirelessly until the scales of justice have been balanced. Discuss the details of your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Woodford County, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your road to true recovery.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Woodford County, IL?

No two crashes are completely alike, but data 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:

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, once you hire us the Woodford County, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law will immediately begin to carry out a full investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Woodford County, IL

As motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, terrible injuries can occur in crashes. While just one in ten Illinois passenger 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 figure increases to 36 percent of motorcycle drivers and passengers, according to the 2020 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

Burger Law's Woodford County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers have recovered compensation for people with minor whiplash injuries as well as permanent disabilities like paralysis.

Woodford County, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our clients are people who have often never been in an accident and naturally have questions about how a motorcycle accident claim works. 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 reports that over the course of 15 years in the early 2000s, 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 a helmet if you are on a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, Illinois does not require the use of a helmet. 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 Woodford County, IL motorcycle accident lawyer will set them straight.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

Motorcycle accident cases rarely go to court. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of tort claims are resolved 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 Maneuver?

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 you were injured because you were forced into an emergency maneuver because someone was driving erratically, you you can still hold the other driver liable because their negligence caused your injuries.

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

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and the economic burden of medical bills and lost wages is often immediately severe. That is why our Woodford County, 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 you are fairly compensated. 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 genuinely believe in its merits and that we can add significant value to it.
  2. You will not receive any empty promises.

At Burger Law, our Woodford County, 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 love telling injured people that an attorney is not in their best interest. While in some cases with mild injuries it is true that we may not be able to add much value to your claim, with injuries that require more extensive medical treatment and more time off work, 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, you are likely to get up to 350 percent more for an auto accident with an attorney, 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 made any kind of financial recovery, compared to roughly half of people who did not seek legal representation.

Is Anybody Besides the Other Driver Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the circumstances surrounding your crash, but it is very possible that after a thorough investigation 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 manufacturer if a defective product such as faulty ignition switches contributed to your injuries.
  • A business can be responsible for their driver's negligence if you were injured in a bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government entity if a road hazard or poorly designed road contributed to your injuries.
  • A construction company if you were injured in a construction zone 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 is well-versed in 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 to Blame?

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 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 your injuries are worth $100,000 but that the other driver is only 80 percent at fault for your injuries, your total payout would be $80,000.

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

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Woodford County, 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 bills, consequences for your ability to work, possibly disfigurement and mental anguish as well. You will compensated for two types of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages compensate you for the economic impact of your injuries. That includes all medical expenses like follow up doctors' appointments, surgeries, crutches and more. If you could not work while recovering, you will get that money back as well. In severe cases, you may have future economic damages as well. For example, if you were a warehouse worker who can no longer lift over 20 pounds, or if you need a wheelchair that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we consult with economic experts to adjust for inflation and rising costs of medical care.

Economic damages also cover out-of-pocket expenses such as Ubers or bus fare to and from medical appointments.

Noneconomic damages are not as cut-and-dry, but basically they are intended 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 not being able to enjoy your favorite activities like you used to. If you painted as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Woodford County, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will demand that your recovery reflects that.

Our motorcycle crash and personal injury lawyers take on a variety types of claims, including:

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries in Woodford County, IL

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the freedom they instill. It is important to never underestimate how dangerous road hazards and other drivers are to you. 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.
  • 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 equipment — In the event of a crash, protective equipment such as helmets and jackets specifically designed for motorcyclists is key to not sustaining a catastrophic injury.
  • Following traffic laws — While it may seem fun to wave in between cars, we all have a duty to keep the roads safe. Pay close attention to your surroundings, drive the speed limit and make sure your bike's seat, handlebars and headlight are all compliant with 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Staying visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights no matter what time of day it is. Investing in a bike and jacket with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are often unseen on the road, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some people are even aggressive towards them. Prioritize your safety at all times and do not assume that others see you or are looking out for your safety.

Of course, even when you do not do anything wrong you can still be injured by another person's negligence. That is when Burger Law steps in. Speak directly to a motorcycle crash lawyer in Woodford County, 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 30 years of experience, we have represented hundreds of clients in Woodford County and throughout Illinois. We have seen firsthand the horrible injuries negligent actors can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. This too shall pass. With the help of Burger Law's Woodford County, 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 always get great results for our clients. Contact a tenacious motorcycle accident lawyer in Woodford County, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation.

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