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Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Chicago, Illinois

Motorcycle accident lawyer in Chicago, Illinois. The sense of freedom a motorcycle comes with can be ripped away from you by the injuries negligent drivers cause when they do not respect your safety. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Chicago or anywhere in Illinois, call the motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law today at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a free case review.

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Motorcycles are a great way to enjoy the road and relax. You are connected to the road and your motorcycle in a way that a car just cannot emulate. Unfortunately, this freedom also comes with a high price. Because of their relative lack of protection, motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries. When you are injured, there are immediate hardships and you need someone to fight for you. You want a lawyer with a proven track record of winning motorcycle accident claims in Illinois.

Burger Law has over 30 years of experience getting maximum compensation for our clients. Our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers will aggressively pursue your claim to ensure you get the medical care and financial recovery that you are owed and that you deserve. Do not talk to your insurance or the other side's insurance without speaking to an attorney first. They are out to limit your recovery and financial settlement. Our firm has a proven track record of successfully fighting the insurance companies and making sure that they give 100 percent of what they owe our clients.

Your Burger Law Chicago-based motorcycle accident lawyer will fight for your full recovery and nothing less. You deserve to recover from this accident, and you deserve to be medically and financially compensated for your injuries. To learn more about how our personal injury law firm will fight for your rights, call our team at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your motorcycle accident case today.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Illinois?

How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Illinois?

Despite the fact that motorcycles make up only .06 percent of all vehicle miles traveled in the country, they accounted for 4 percent of all injuries and 14 percent of all fatalities in traffic-related accidents in 2020, 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 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 the motorcycle was going straight ahead, which means the accidents were often caused by another driver not respecting motorcyclists on the road. Most of the crashes occurred in urban areas, especially around tolls.

According to the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with 280,322 registered motorcycles, and proportionately was eighth in the country in fatalities in 2017.

Nearly half of deadly motorcycle accidents occurred in the summer between June and September, and half occur on the weekends between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Illinois

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Illinois

There are several steps you should take, both immediately following the accident and in the days and weeks that follow, to ensure both your health and the chances of a successful claim.

Immediately After The Accident

While any accident is surprising and scary, it is important to keep a clear head. At the accident site, you should:

  • Get to safety — If you can, get to the side of the road and away from oncoming traffic. Leave the bike. It is obviously important to you, but trying to carry it could put you at risk of further harm. If you are seriously injured, it may be best not to move; instead wait for emergency personnel.
  • Keep your protective gear on — Removing your helmet or other gear could also make injuries worse. Adrenaline and shock may hide how bad an injury actually is.
  • Call 911 — As motorcycle accidents can cause severe injuries, it may be best to be looked over at the scene instead of trying to go to an emergency room yourself. Police will also be able to file a report stating who they believe is liable for the accident.
  • Gather evidence — Speak to the other driver and get their insurance information. Take pictures of the accident, including damage to all vehicles involved and the surrounding areas. Take more photos than you think you need. Something that may seem unimportant at first may help an Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer prove your case down the road. Get the contact info of any eyewitnesses to the accident.

Lastly, receive medical attention if you have not already.

What to Do in the Days, Weeks and Months Afterwards

Once you have gotten medical treatment, notify both your insurance company and the other driver's. Then, speak to an Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer about your case. If your injuries are significant, you will likely need one to get full compensation. While communicating with your attorney, it is important to:

  • Continue medical treatment — This is not only vital for your health, but is paramount to building your case. In order to prove your damages, you need to be able to point to medical records which show the extent of your injuries. The more medical expenses you have, the higher your ultimate compensation will be as well. Go to every follow up, chiropractic or physical therapy appointment your doctor wants you to.
  • Keep detailed records — You are also entitled to compensation for lost wages from time spent recovering, and any out-of-pocket expenses you incur, such as transportation to and from medical appointments or hiring someone to help with housework. Keep detailed receipts and notes about why you needed to pay those expenses. You can also keep a daily journal detailing how your injuries have affected you physically and emotionally for a record of your pain and suffering.
  • Do not talk to the insurance company — Once you have notified the insurance company about your claim and hired a motorcycle accident lawyer, let your attorney handle documentation and negotiation. Insurance adjusters use a lot of tricks to avoid paying claims, and it is better to leave communication up to an attorney who knows how to deal with them. Do not make a recorded statement before speaking to your attorney.
  • Stay off social media — It is normal to want to share what is going on with your life with others. However, posting too much on social media can hurt your case. If you say your injuries are debilitating, and the insurance finds out you have been going out on the weekends, they will use it to try and deny your claim.

From your initial consultation, we will be in contact with you every step of the way until you get the full financial recovery you are owed. Let us handle the legal aspect of your case so you can focus on healing.

Do I Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer For My Illinois Claim?

Do I Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer For My Illinois Claim?

For some minor claims, where there is no discrepancy about who is at fault and your medical expenses only include an emergency room visit, you may be able to get compensation on your own. Supply the insurance company with your records and expenses, and ask for a little more for inconvenience. In a smaller settlement where not much is disputed, the adjuster is not going to want to waste their time.

However, in most cases, you will need a motorcycle accident attorney for your injury claim. While it would be nice if insurance companies fulfilled their obligations when their policyholders injure someone, they usually have to be convinced to. Situations where you will need an Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer include:

  • Your injuries are severe — The more your medical expenses and lost wages, the more the insurance company will be resistant to reimbursing you for it. If your injuries require ongoing treatment or result in permanent disability, you will absolutely need an attorney to precisely value your damages.
  • The insurance company's offer is far below your damages — If your damages are in the tens or hundreds of thousands, and the insurance company's offer is no where close to that, they are trying to take advantage of you and convince you that you do not know how much you are owed. By hiring an attorney, the insurance company will know that you mean business. In a recent case, Burger Law was able to turn a $3,900 offer into a $100,000 settlement.
  • There are multiple liable parties — In some accidents, especially multi-vehicle accidents, there may be more than one person who was negligent and caused your injuries. For example, a driver may merge into your line while not looking for you, causing you to swerve and hit a pothole that a local government should have fixed. An experienced Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to investigate the accident and assign a portion of the damages to each liable party. Finding other people who are liable is crucial if your damages exceed the at-fault driver's policy limits.
  • You are being blamed for the accident — Blaming you for your injuries is a classic move insurance adjusters use to avoid paying you. When this happens, an attorney can step in and prove how the other party was negligent. If it is true that you were partially to blame, you can still make a recovery under Illinois's comparative negligence rule. However, you will need an attorney to apply the rule of law and get you that compensation.

Your Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer at Burger Law knows how to combat tricks insurance adjusters use. We have been doing it for over 30 years. Our consultations are free, so call us at (314) 500-HURT to see if we can add value to your claim. We start working from the moment you hire us, and do not let up until you get every bit of compensation you deserve.

Recent Burger Law Illinois Motorcycle Accident Victories

Recent Burger Law Illinois Motorcycle Accident Victories

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Do I Have an Illinois Motorcycle Accident Claim?

Do I Have an Illinois Motorcycle Accident Claim?

In order to file any Illinois injury claim, you must have been injured by someone else's negligence. There are five elements to proving negligence in a personal injury claim:

  1. Duty of care Did the liable party owe you a responsibility to keep you safe? 625 ILCS 5/11-1003.1 stipulates that "every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care," so anyone else on the road automatically owes you that duty.
  2. Breach of duty Did they fail in that duty and cause an accident? Was another driver speeding, texting and driving, drunk driving or otherwise breaking the rules of the road?
  3. Cause in fact — Did the accident cause your injuries?
  4. Proximate cause — Did the person's negligence cause the accident? If the other driver's brakes were not working, the liable party may be a manufacturer and not the driver.
  5. Damages — Did your injuries lead to losses, such as medical bills and pain and suffering? If your accident resulted in a few bruises or scrapes, but you did not need any medical treatment, you likely do not have a claim.

Any time somebody else's carelessness or recklessness injures you, you have an injury claim. Speak to a motorcycle accident attorney now at (314) 500-HURT if you have any doubts about the validity of your claim.

How Much is My Illinois Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth?

How Much is My Illinois Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth?

In any personal injury claim, you are owed compensation for:

Factors that determine how much you will recover include:

  • The severity of your injuries; more significant injuries typically lead to higher medical bills and more pain and suffering
  • Whether or not you contributed to the accident
  • If you sustained permanent disfigurement or disability
  • How your life has changed because of your injuries

At Burger Law, we are experts at calculating the full value of someone's injury claim and demanding the liable party pay all of it. If your injuries require ongoing medical care, we will ensure you also get money to pay for that, including calculating for inflation.

How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim in Illinois?

How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim in Illinois?

Under 735 ILCS 5/13-202, the statute of limitations for motorcycle accident claims in Illinois is two years. That means you only have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit in court. There are some exceptions:

  • If you or your loved one was under the age of 18 at the time of accident, they have until their 20th birthday
  • If you or a loved one was under a legal disability at the time of the accident, they have two years until after the disability ended
  • If the liable party leaves the state of Illinois for a period, that period does not account against the two years

While two years may seem like a long time, it takes time to properly build your case. Do not wait to contact a motorcycle accident lawyer after you have been injured in Illinois. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Chicago, Illinois?

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Chicago, Illinois?

Motorcycles are not as easy to spot on the road, being smaller and taking up less space. Due to a phenomenon called "inattentional blindness," drivers are less likely to see a motorcycle — even when they are looking for one. This is because most drivers have programmed their brains to look for other cars, but not for motorcycles. Inattentional blindness contributes to many motorcycle accidents in Chicago and throughout Illinois.

The most common causes of motorcycles accidents are:

  • Left-hand turns — According to the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, 42 percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve a car turning left while the motorcycle was going straight. These crashes mostly happen at intersections, and can be due to a car driver's intoxication, speeding or simple inattention.
  • Other collisions — Head on collisions are also common between motorcycles and passenger cars. A car may also not see a motorcyclist when merging or changing lanes. These can also be caused by various instances of negligence. Motorcycles also have the highest rate of collisions with fixed objects, which may be due to a negligent construction company or governmental entity.
  • Road hazards — Uneven pavement, potholes, dead animals, slick surfaces, gravel or other roadways debris often do not have much of an impact on a car. However, motorcycles are less stable and these hazards can cause a motorcyclist to lose control.
  • Malfunctioning parts — Dozens of motorcycles are recalled every year, either by the manufacturer or by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. When dangerous bikes and components are not recalled, it can cause motorcycle accidents.

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Who is Liable for My Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Illinois?

Who is Liable for My Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Chicago, Illinois?

Ninety-four percent of all motor vehicle accidents are due to driver error. So, most likely, you will make a claim against another driver. However, depending on the specifics of your case, you may also be able to make a claim against:

  • A government entity or construction company for road hazards
  • A vehicle manufacturer for a defective product
  • A company or employer if their employee injured you while driving, for example in a truck accident
Can I Sue For My Illinois Motorcycle Accident if it Did Not Involve Another Vehicle?

Can I Sue For My Illinois Motorcycle Accident if it Did Not Involve Another Vehicle?

States and municipalities are tasked with keeping their roadways safe for citizens to travel on, and when obstruction or other objects in the road cause an accident, the state or municipality can be held liable for the motorcycle accident. However, suing a government entity in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois has added complications. To make a claim against a government entity in Illinois, you must file a written notice or a lawsuit with the Attorney General and the Clerk of the Court of Claims no later than one year after the date of the injury. If you file a notice first, the lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the accident. Our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers in Illinois can take on your claim, guide you through the complexities of local and state laws and take the fight to city hall to get you the compensation you deserve.

A construction company may also be liable if they did not properly secure a construction site.

A Loved One Was Killed in a Motorcycle Crash in Illinois, What Are My Legal Options?

Motorcyclists are not only at higher risk of a catastrophic injury, but are more likely to be in a fatal accident. If tragedy struck and a loved one died in a motorcycle crash, you can make a wrongful death claim. While no amount of money can bring back your loved one or fill the whole that is left, it can bring a sense of justice and ease some of the difficulties associated with their passing. 740 ILCS 180/, the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, details the laws surrounding wrongful death claims:

  • You can make a wrongful death claim for negligence, just as your loved one would have made an injury claim if they were injured.
  • The Illinois statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is two years from the date of your loved one's death, not the date of the accident.
  • There are three categories of people who can file a wrongful death claim in Illinois. In order of priority, they are:
    1. Immediate family members, such as a spouse, children, grandchildren and grandparents
    2. If there are no immediate family members, siblings and siblings' descendants can bring a suit
    3. If there are no family members, the court can appoint a plaintiff ad litem to file a claim
  • The damages you can recover include:
    • Under 755 ILCS 5/27-6, the Illinois Survival Act, the personal injury damages incurred by the deceased before their death, for example their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering
    • Funeral expenses
    • Loss of financial support from the deceased, including any benefits related to their employment
    • Loss of consortium
    • Loss of instruction, education and moral training the deceased would have provided
    • Survivors’ grief, sorrow and mental suffering

Burger Law's Chicago, Illinois wrongful death attorneys are not just skilled at securing full compensation. We are empathetic and compassionate, and have helped many families navigate the sorrow, anger and confusion that comes after a fatal auto accident.

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Our Chicago, Illinois motorcycle accident lawyers will not stop fighting until there is nothing left to fight; that is our guarantee. You deserve full financial compensation for your motorcycle accident. You did nothing to deserve being in this situation, and you should not have to pay for it. To learn more about how our Chicago-based Illinois personal injury law firm will fight for your rights, call our team at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.

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Gary K. Burger, Jr. stands up against bullies. He devotes his practice to helping the injured and their families recover. He protects the futures of those who have been injured due to other people's actions by demanding full financial compensation, holding reckless people accountable and making our community safer through advocacy and volunteer work.

Gary Burger has tried and won many complex civil litigation cases for his clients in many areas: medical malpractice, products liability, employment discrimination, auto crashes, motorcycle and truck cases, premises liability, class actions and consumer fraud. He also tries and wins cases in commercial litigation, probate, workers compensation and administrative and arbitration hearings.

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