Recently, our Illinois accident attorneys saw an article posted on The Madison-St. Clair Record‘s website that discussed a motorcycle accident lawsuit filed in Madison County stemming from an accident that resulted in serious injuries. A woman was riding as a passenger on a motorcycle when another woman was driving in the opposite direction on the same road made a sudden left turn, striking the motorcyclists. According to the complaint, the plaintiff injured her right and left legs, her left wrist, with rib and scapula issues. She also suffered a loss in wages and significant medical expenses as a result of her personal injuries.
The injured passenger filed the Illinois motorcycle accident lawsuit, naming the automobile driver for failing to “keep a proper lookout, failed to yield to oncoming traffic, failed to exercise proper control over her vehicle, failed to brake and failed to signal her intention to turn left.” She also is naming the motorcycle driver as a defendant, alleging that he also did not keep a proper look out for other vehicles, that he was speeding, and that he did not have full and right control of the motorcycle, in addition to failing to brake. The injured passenger is hoping to receive more than $50,000 in compensation, plus additional costs that she had to pay.
This accident and lawsuit serves as a reminder of how important it is to ride safely. Our Chicago car accident lawyers thought it would be beneficial to go over some motorcycle safety tips to prevent accidents from occurring in the first place. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there are six main tips that all motorcyclists should be aware of. They are:
• Share the road • Watch the no-zones • Drive to survive • Check yourself and your bike • Watch your speed • Wear proper gear
The first tip, sharing the road, cautions motorcyclists to be aware of the cars and trucks around them. Because of their size and lack of outer protection on their motorcycle, they are most likely to be seriously injured or ejected from their bike when involved in an accident. They also do not have seat belts or other protections that car drivers and passengers have.
The “no-zone” is the blind spot that trucks and cars have. When motorcyclists ride in these areas, they are virtually invisible because they are so small and difficult to spot to begin with. When near large cars or trucks with blind spots, motorcyclists should avoid driving in these areas.
The third tip, driving to survive, means that motorcyclists should be extra cautious and defensive drivers. They should not tailgate, and should play close attention to roadway signs, turn signals, and brake lights. Additionally, making sure that the bike is safe to ride is also always important.
Speeding, which is always illegal, is common for motorcycles because they are light and can accelerate quicker than others on the road. This being said, motorcyclists should always watch their speed and stay within the speed limit. Finally, it is important to always wear proper gear, such as helmets, gloves, goggles, and thick clothing. Reflective clothing is also important because it helps make the bike more visible to others on the road.
Our Illinois car accident attorneys hope that our readers will take these tips into consideration before getting on a motorcycle. We also hope that they will take advantage of free motorcycle safety courses that the state of Illinois offer, which can be found on the IDOT website.
No matter how safe you ride, there is always a risk for accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a Chicago motorcycle accident, we may be able to help you receive fair compensation as well as peace of mind. As seen in the accident reported by The Madison St. Clair Record, motorcycle accidents can result in significant injuries, costly medical bills, and either a temporary or permanent loss in income. If the accident occurred because of someone else’s careless or reckless behavior, you have a right to seek answers. Filing a lawsuit does not only help to receive compensation for loss, but it also helps to increase awareness about the seriousness of these types of accidents, and how they can be prevented.