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Motorcycle Accidents in Chicago
Motorcycle riders face a higher risk than other drivers on the roadways, according to the Illinois Division of Traffic Safety, because motorcycles are smaller and lighter than cars, trucks or SUVS, riders don’t wear seatbelts so they can be easily thrown off their bikes, and they can be difficult for drivers to see thanks to blind spots that can leave those behind the wheel of a car or truck unaware that they are sharing the road with a motorcycle of all parties aren’t careful.
Because of these factors, if a motorcycle is involved in a crash, it is 35 times more likely to result in death.
In Illinois, there were 148 fatal motorcycle crashes in 2012, up almost 20 percent from the previous year. Taking the right precautions can help ensure that you’re not one of them.
If you were in a motorcycle accident, contact a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer today to ensure that you get the compensation you need to cover the cost of your medical expenses.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Wear a helmet. Illinois may not have a helmet law (it is one of only three states to have no laws on the books of any kind), but wearing one can protect you from potential head injuries in case of an accident.
Dress appropriately. Motorcycle riders don’t wear leather just for the looks. Leather – or something synthetic with just as much strength – can protect against road rash, which in the worst conditions can be debilitating. Long-sleeved jackets and pants offer a layer of protection in case you should come into contact with the road.
Wear shatterproof goggles. Your windshield may stop bugs from being a problem, but there are all sorts of road hazards that goggles can protect you from, including debris flying from the bed of a pickup truck.
Be seen. Keep your lights on and wear bright, reflective clothing or accents so you are more visible, especially in inclement weather.
Stay in your lane. Don’t ride in the same lane as another vehicle, even if it’s a compact car. You will be easier to see in a separate lane, and less likely to take a driver by surprise.
WHAT IS THE TOP CAUSE OF A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT NEAR CHICAGO?
Studies have shown that in the majority of cases, when accidents occur between motorcycles and other vehicles, it is the drivers of cars or trucks who are more likely to be at fault. A motorcycle accident lawyer in Chicago will help you determine the negligent parties and if you have a personal injury case. If you do have a personal injury case as a result of the motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to recovering compensation for your injuries, missed work, and medical bills.
There are certain situations where crashes are more likely, and being aware can keep motorcyclists safer.
These are the top causes of a motorcycle accident death in Chicago involving another vehicle:
Head-on collisions. More than half of all motorcycle deaths are the result of head-on collisions.
Cars making left-hand turns. According to statistics, 42 percent of all accidents between motorcycles and cars occur when cars turning left hit a motorcycle going through an intersection from the other direction or hit a motorcycle that is attempting to pass it. In almost all cases, the driver making the left-hand turn is at fault.
Motorcycle lane splitting. When a motorcycle drives between two lanes of stopped or slow-moving cars (most often to avoid a traffic jam), the risk of an accident is elevated because the motorcycle has less space in which to maneuver, and drivers often don’t notice a motorcycle when they attempt to maneuver. Lane splitting is not legal in Illinois, although it is permitted in some other states.
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Avvo ClientApril 13, 2017
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Helen W.January 5th, 2018
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