Motorcycle driving awareness has recently become an issue in many cities throughout the state of Illinois, as the number of accidents involving motorcycles has significantly increased this summer. Our Chicago car accident attorneys were happy to learn that a number of driving classes and safety tips have been offered and encouraged for all motorcycle drivers to use in even more Illinois areas.
Journalstandard.com states that a 7th Ward Alderman in the City of Freeport has begun teaching old and new drivers motorcycle awareness in places such as Freeport, Orangeville, Lena, Forreston, and Cedarville. His concern has been stated that experienced drivers do not practice the same caution that younger drivers have been taught. This belief is evident in the numbers of motorcycle accidents that have occurred in Illinois within the last few years. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) there were 130 fatal crashes involving motorcycles in Illinois in 2010 resulting in 132 deaths to drivers and passengers involved. This is a 27% increase since 1999. There were also 343,924 motorcycles registered in Illinois in 2010, a 73% increase since 1999.
Our Illinois accident law firm learned that almost half of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections. The most common accident that occurs between a motorcycle and another vehicle is when a vehicle makes a left hand turn in front of a motorcycle. “The first thing a car driver says after an accident is ‘I didn’t see them,'” said the Alderman referring to motorcyclists. “People just don’t train themselves to see motorcycles. We want to get people to look for bikes. Don’t look twice, look three times.” He stated that another problem includes being unable to see motorcyclists at night, often due to motorcycles’ small headlights and their tendency to blend in with traffic.
Because of this, defensive driving from all motorcyclists is essential. It is also important that other motorists on the road are more aware of the fact that motorcyclists may be present and drive attentively to stay clear of them. Following too closely is an issue that many motorcyclists run into with people in cars on a regular basis. “Give them the same courtesy as a car,” said the Alderman. “This has been an ongoing problem and it’s the same problem.”
Overall, motorcycle accidents can be fatal, and our Chicago car accident lawyers want to encourage all motorcyclists to drive defensively and safely on Illinois roadways. The motorcycle driving classes that have been offered by the Alderman through Illinois ABATE chapters statewide are taken by 30-40,000 students each year and can definitely be beneficial for all motorcycle drivers. “The ABATE course statewide helps people and makes them more aware. We will do adult classes free of charge if contacted. Contact the local ABATE chapter and they will come give classes. It helps to refresh older drivers and teach them how to look for motorcycles.”
If you or a loved one has suffered from personal injury, medical expenses, or property damage as a result of a negligent motorists, please contact of team of Illinois personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti to find out what rights may be available to you. We are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action.