As our reader can see by our recent coverage, Illinois motorcycle accidents are much more common during the summer due to the nice weather and the need to go out and have fun after a long winter. As a result, it is important to remind motorcyclists and drivers to use caution and share the road. Although riding a motorcycle can be much more dangerous than driving a passenger vehicle due to the size of most bikes, many of the fatalities and injuries that occur within this particular demographic can be avoided if drivers AND motorcyclists remember to pay closer attention and always practice caution while driving.
This week, a North Pekin woman was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident for her role in an accident that claimed one motorcyclist’s life, and injured another. According to authorities, the woman struck the two motorcyclists from behind after they were forced to slow down to avoid farm equipment on the roadway. The collision sent the first rider’s motorcycle slamming into the other, causing serious traumatic injury to the head and neck; neither rider was wearing a helmet. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, due to what a later autopsy determined was a broken neck. The second motorcyclist was transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, and is listed in currently listed in good condition. (Journal Star)
As drivers and riders, we often forget that our actions affect not only ourselves, but everyone else on the road as well. Whether you are a motorcyclists, a pedestrian, a cyclist, or the driver of a passenger vehicle, it is important to remember that your reckless or negligent actions are capable of putting others in danger at any one time.
As drivers, it is important to always be on the lookout for any motorcyclists, pedestrians, and cyclists to minimize the chance of a collision, and as a rider of a motorcycle, it is important to understand your limits and recognize that you are far less visible than the vehicles around you. Our lawyers can’t guarantee that defensive driving and proper caution will protect you from motor vehicle accidents one hundred percent of the time, but it can certainly minimize your risk.
Our lawyers have over 150 years of combined legal experience, and while we hope that you will never be involved in an automotive accident, we may be able to help you recover fair compensation if you are seriously injured as a result of someone else’s careless or reckless actions on the road.