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Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Fight For You

Each motorcycle accident is different, but victims face the same issues: they need money after an accident. Medical bills, repairing their motorcycle, and even pain and suffering are damages that can add up after a motorcycle crash. If the rider was hurt in the crash, they might miss work, and those expenses can feel overwhelming quickly.

Working with the right motorcycle accident lawyer is critical. They’ll give you direct answers, keep you informed about your options, and look out for your best interests. They should work for you, not themselves.

The Staver team can help you prove someone else’s negligence caused your accident, calculate your losses, and file your motorcycle insurance claim. If the insurance company or the at-fault party refuses to make you a fair offer, we’ll fight for justice in court so you get fair compensation.

Staver Focuses On Your Needs

We Give Your Motorcycle Claim Our Full Attention

Motorcycle crashes in Chicago can be devastating. Even if they aren’t fatal, the injuries caused by a motorcycle accident can have lifelong impacts. Victims will face medical expenses while they try to recover their health.

If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash, our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers can help you. Our team will:

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Investigate Your Accident

We’ll go over your crash details, gather evidence, and identify anyone liable for your injuries during your first consultation. We’ll investigate your accident thoroughly.

Illinois is an at-fault state. That means you can file a third-party liability claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. We’ll establish negligence under Illinois law to prove that the other driver violated their duty of care and caused your injuries.

Calculate Your Total Damages

Your claim’s value will primarily be based on your injuries, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We meticulously document your medical expenses, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket costs.

Our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers will consider non-economic damages like pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, or emotional distress.

Negotiate a Fair Settlement

We’ll issue a demand letter that gives the insurance company notice of your claim and the damages you’re seeking. If they offer a lowball settlement or deny your claim, we’ll work on your behalf to hold them accountable.

You don’t want to settle a claim too quickly: you might have hidden injuries, or your expenses could be higher than you originally thought.

We Fight For Your Best Interests

Our trial lawyers won’t accept lowball offers that don’t cover all your losses. Not every case goes to court, but we’ll prepare for that eventuality so that you get the compensation you deserve.

We handle all communication with the insurance company, allowing you to focus on recovery. We keep you informed throughout the process and explain your options clearly.

Don’t wait. Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Establishing Liability in Your Accident Claim

Motorcycle Accident attorney Jared Staver explains how to establish liability in your accident claim. The Staver team is dedicated to identifying any liable parties who may have contributed to your accident. We will help you hold them accountable.

 

Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers in Chicago, Illinois

If you or a loved one are hurt in a Chicago motorcycle crash, you deserve qualified representation to ensure you get the maximum settlement available. The Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., are located downtown in the Republic Bank building next to St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Call us to schedule your free initial consultation.

120 W Madison St Ste 400
Chicago, IL 60602-4177

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Staver Knows How to Win a Chicago Motorcycle Claim

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We have Proven Results

We’ve recovered millions for accident victims in Chicago. We’re recognized among the top 100 trial lawyers of America — we’re tough opponents that fight for our clients.

We are Client-Focused

We put your needs first. We know that a motorcycle accident can upheave your life. We’re here to give your concerns a voice so that insurance adjusters take notice and fewer people suffer in the future. Our 4.95-star Google rating proves that.

We are Experienced & Respected

Our award-winning attorneys are leaders in motorcycle crash law.

We are Aggressive Negotiators

We fight for your maximum compensation. We won’t stand for lowball offers. We won’t back down or let you be bullied into taking a smaller settlement than what you need to recover from your injuries.

We Don’t Charge Upfront Fees

We only get paid if you win.

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  • Travis, a Northwestern University employee, was riding his bike one day when he was struck by a car. The accident left him with a broken collarbone. He was unable to play the violin or viola, which left him unable to do the job he was doing.
  • Jared was able to take care of everything from understanding the insurance policies and working with the adjusters, but he also helped Travis find a orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist.
  • Staver Accident Injury Lawyers was able to recover many more funds than Travis felt he would have known to ask for.

Staver Law Group did an excellent job with my case. They worked hard and fast. Very professional and answered any questions that I had concerning my case. I would use and recommend Staver Law Group to anyone who needs their service. Big thank you to you guys.

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We Get Results in Chicago Motorcycle Accident Claims

Our Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys fight every day for our clients hurt in crashes. We’ve handled all kinds of motorcycle accidents. We’ve helped good people deal with their catastrophic injuries and helped them recover millions in compensation.

We’ve made thousands heard, and we’ll do it for you, too.

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Award-Winning Accident Attorneys Working for You

Our awards are a testament to our ability to help you like we’ve helped our clients. With each new award, we cement our position as leaders in helping Chicago’s motorcycle accident victims. Our business rating speaks to our commitment to our clients. Our position in the top 100 trial lawyers in America shows we’re tough opponents fighting for our clients.

Our Recognition & Reputation Speaks Volumes.

Jared Staver: Named 2024 SuperLawyer
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Paul Ciesielski: Super Lawyers Rising Star
Patrick Gill: Super Lawyers Rising Star
Melanie Buckmaster: Super Lawyers Rising Star
Better Business Bureau A+ Rating
American Association of Personal Injury Attorneys
The AV Peer Rating
Top 100 Trial Lawyers of America
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Motorcycle Accident Laws in Illinois

Learn More About Motorcycle Accident Laws in Chicago, IL

Motorcycle accidents are unexpected, and they can happen to even the most cautious drivers. By remembering these key points, you can protect your claim to compensation.

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Don’t Forget the Personal Injury Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims

If you’ve been hurt while riding a motorcycle, you have two years to file a claim. If your claim only relates to property damage, you’ll have five years to file. Your deadline starts from the date of the accident.

Although this sounds like plenty of time, memories and evidence can fade quickly. The longer you wait after a motorcycle crash, the bigger challenge you’ll face to recover compensation.

Available Compensation for Damages & Losses in Motorcycle Accident Cases

Under Illinois personal injury laws, you can seek compensation when someone’s negligent behavior hurts you. You can seek monetary and non-monetary damages after a motorcycle accident. Calculating your claim’s value takes careful consideration.

Your monetary damages can be found relatively easily. You can prove these losses with the right documentation. They can include:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Diminished earning capacity

Non-monetary damages are more challenging to calculate. These conceptual losses can include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Disfigurement and scarring

When someone has been especially negligent, punitive damages may apply. These are typically ordered in extreme situations, like if the driver was reckless or driving drunk.

What are the Elements of Negligence?

In personal injury cases, someone is negligent when they fail to behave in a way that a reasonable person would have in the same situation. Either they behaved recklessly, or they failed to act, and someone was hurt because of that.

To win your insurance claim, you’ll need to prove the defendant was negligent by showing:

  • Duty of care: the defendant had a responsibility to act safely.
  • Breach of care: the defendant failed their responsibility and acted recklessly.
  • Harm to the plaintiff: this breach caused your accident.
  • The Defendant knew they could cause harm: you must prove that the defendant should have known they could injure you.
  • The Defendant directly caused you harm: you must show the jury that your accident wouldn’t have happened if not for the defendant’s actions.

People agree to drive safely whenever they get behind the wheel. If the defendant chooses to drive unsafely, they are breaching that duty. You’ll need to prove they should have known that their breach of duty could have catastrophic effects, and that their actions led to your accident.

What Kind of Evidence Helps My Motorcycle Accident Claim?

You should be keeping an accurate record of everything dealing with your accident. Useful evidence includes receipts, your insurance police, police reports, photos or videos of the scene, and the contact information for the at-fault driver or eyewitnesses.

The burden of proof for a civil lawsuit is based on a preponderance of the evidence, which means that enough evidence exists to prove that the other party is more likely than not to have caused your injuries. Photos, eyewitness testimonies, and other forms of evidence could be used to prove fault.

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Chicago Motorcycle FAQs

FAQs About Motorcycle Accidents in Chicago

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?

While it’s possible for motorcycle riders to cause accidents, it’s also very common for other drivers on the road to crash. Some errors include:

  • Driver error
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Speeding
  • Impaired driving
  • Dooring
  • Sudden stops

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What Kind of Injuries Can Happen in a Motorcycle Crash?

Accident victims are at risk of serious injuries when they are involved in a crash. Some of the most commonly reported motorcycle injuries include broken bones, burns, permanent nerve damage, facial injuries, and spinal cord damage.

Road rash is unique to motorcycle accidents and can lead to infection, persistent skin irritation, and disfigurement.

What’s the First Thing I Should Do After a Motorcycle Accident?

You should get medical care right away. Call 911 to ensure that the police arrive to complete a report. Try to limit your movement so you don’t make your injuries worse.

What if My Insurance Claim Was Denied?

If your insurance claim was denied, the insurer should have told you why, in writing. You should contact a Chicago motorcycle accident attorney and give them this information so they can advise you on how to appeal the claim.

You may be able to appeal the denied claim with the insurer or pursue compensation through a lawsuit.

What if My Loved One Died in a Motorcycle Accident?

If another driver killed your loved one, you may have a valid wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims are somewhat different than typical personal injury lawsuits; however, you can still win compensation for the death of your relative.

Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, you may be able to get money to cover medical expenses, property damage, funeral and burial expenses, estate administration expenses, and more.

How Can a Biker Protect Themselves in a Crash?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that bikers should always wear protective gear, such as helmets, vests, and pants. Some protective gear has hard plates in it that can help bikers avoid trauma and road rash.

Bikers should also remain aware of their surroundings and always look out for cars around them. Sometimes, though, an accident cannot be avoided. In this situation, you should call a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer right away.

What Are Some Resources for Motorcycle Riders in Chicago?

There are many resources for bikers in and around Chicago. Ride Chicago is a motorcycle school offering state-certified training to obtain an Illinois Motorcycle License.

The Chicago chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE Chicago) offers information to prevent motorcycle accidents and encourage safe riding.

These organizations can provide additional guidance for bikers who need information about riding and caring for motorcycles as well.

Where Do Chicago Motorcycle Accidents Usually Occur?

Some of the most dangerous roads for motorcycle riders around Chicago and in Cook County include Lake Shore Drive and the Dan Ryan, where motorcycles are able to gain significant speed. The faster a motorcycle is going, the more significant the crash and the worse the injuries can be.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), most motorcycle accidents occur on urban roads, including state routes. There are not as many accidents in rural locations.

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Work with Staver for More Money, Faster

We understand you’re under financial pressure. After a Chicago motorcycle accident, you’ll need a substantial settlement to cover your expenses, including non-monetary damages like pain and suffering. That’s where Staver steps in. Let us strengthen your accident claim and pursue EVERYTHING you’re owed.

 

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