It’s true that every motorcycle accident is different. But the problems largely remain the same for victims: they need money for repairs, medical bills, and any pain and suffering. Many will also need to take time off from work to recover. And through it all, they need straight-talking from a lawyer who has their back.
Our lawyers have handled thousands of motorcycle claims. We take care of the heavy stuff so you can focus on your recovery. We’ll keep you up to date with all developments so you’ll always know where your case stands. And most importantly, we act fast so you can recover what was lost and turn your accident into a distant memory.
When you hire Staver, you’re not getting a lawyer who picks up your case with no care. In fact, you’re getting an advocate. A passionate lawyer who will speak on your behalf, with insurance companies, and in court.
We’ve done it for thousands of clients who were in your shoes, and we’ll do it for you.
We dedicate ourselves to client success and satisfaction. This shows in our 4.95 star Google rating 185+ reviews left by clients on Google.
Going through an accident is difficult - physically, financially, emotionally. Staver Law Group took care of everything. All I had to do was recover. I can't recommend them strongly enough. Seemed like I had a pretty cut and dried case - got into an accident with a drunk driver who had no insurance, and I, unfortunately, only had the minimum coverage required. Not only did they get me a settlement (really, I guess any lawyer can do that) BUT they got me far more than I expected.
At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we fight hard for our clients. And our case history shows this. Over the years, we’ve seen just about every type of motorcycle accident there is.
Sure, it feels like unfamiliar territory to you, but it’s all too familiar to us.
The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.
We’ve won awards for over 3,500 clients. And with every award we get, the more it proves our quality. Years of credibility, glowing ratings from the BBB and a place on the top 100 trial lawyers of America.
The recognition we’ve accumulated speaks for itself.
Attempting to represent yourself is a mistake. You’ll struggle because your insurance company doesn’t have your back. It’s a profit-driven business that won’t prioritize your needs.
Staver can help remove the financial burden that’s resulted from your accident.
If you choose to hire us, rest easy knowing that we work based on a contingency fee. Put simply, if you don’t receive compensation, you won’t owe us anything.
We know that many victims are concerned about finances after an accident, and we don’t want those concerns to keep you from getting the legal representation you deserve.
Average Payout Amount*w/attorney $1,600 on your own $1,600 Difference of $1,000.00
*According to the 2017 Martindale-Nolo Research.
Our years of experience mean we can get you more money, in the quickest time. It all boils down to efficiency. And we’ve been honing that for years. With legal representation, the average payout is $77,600, while the average is $17,600 without.
If the first offer is not enough, your Staver lawyer will negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf to reach a fair and equitable solution. And if this is not reached, your lawyer won’t hesitate to fight for your case in court.
Our process is people-focused. It’s designed not only to win but to reduce stress levels and make the whole process easier.
The initial consultation is a chance to discuss your case with one of our attorneys and figure out what your next step is. Use this time to figure out if an attorney is a good fit for your case and how you want to handle it.
When you meet with a personal injury lawyer, you should bring several things to help tell the story of your motorcycle accident. These will essentially be used as evidence to determine the value of your case.
What We’ll Need from You
When you decide to work with us, we won’t waste time.
Staver will get straight to work. We’ll help with motorcycle repairs and replacement, medical bills, and insurance claims so you can rest easy and focus on healing.
We look to the long-term, assessing all types of damages to determine the value of your case. There are four types of damages that you may be entitled to, depending on the circumstances you’ve experienced after the motorcycle accident: special damages, punitive damages, general damages, and lastly, survival damages.
For a full run-down of damages, take a look here.| Next Step: Collect Evidence
You can back up damages with a variety of evidence, including bills, photographs, or expert testimony asserting expected future damages.
This stage is vital. It’s simple really, the better your proof, the more compensation you’ll get.
For example, to prove that you’ve experienced pain and suffering, a testimony from your doctor explaining that you appeared to be in pain during office visits will be helpful. Keeping a diary or a ‘day in the life’ video recording showing how much your pain has affected your life could come in handy too.| Next Step: Settlement
After we’ve looked over the damages, we’ll put our research system into action. Following the investigation stage, the insurer may reach out with a settlement offer. But usually, the first offer is too low.
Your Staver lawyer will never settle for an amount that will shortchange you. We’re relentless in the pursuit of the highest compensation possible. We’ll be going back and forth at the negotiation table for as long as it takes.| Next Step: Trial
We want to get the most out of your case. That’s why we’ll pull in expert witnesses who will reconstruct the motorcycle accident scene to help the jury see your side of the story. Every piece of evidence we gather will have one goal: to support the damages suffered.| Next Step: Consultation
It all starts with a free consultation.
Every type of personal injury case is different. And although we have the legal side covered, it can be helpful to have a general understanding of some of the unique laws and guidelines, the obstacles and opportunities we may face along the way, and some of the additional details that may impact the outcome of your case.
Many motorcycle accidents can be traced back to one specific mistake or error. Some of the most common causes include driver error, unsafe lane changes, speeding, and impaired driving. It can also be dangerous to motorcycle riders when a car door is opened in the path of a bike. Sudden stops by other vehicles and failure to yield also pose problems to bikers.
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.
The State of Illinois shares a widespread bias against bikers which often leads to an extraordinarily low settlement offer from the insurance company. In addition, some other common insurance issues that you may face are:
We’re here to navigate you through these issues and negotiate a settlement that works in your favor – not the insurance companies.
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.
According to the IDOT Crash Facts & Statistics, more than 2,000 motorcyclists are injured in accidents every year. More than 100 motorcycle accident fatalities occur annually in Illinois.
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.
If your relative died in a fatal accident, you may have a valid wrongful death claim. These claims are somewhat different than typical personal injury claims, but you can still win money for medical expenses, pain and suffering of your loved one, estate administration costs, funeral and burial expenses. Contact our law firm to find out more.
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.