In recent months we have talked a lot about motorcycle accidents. This isn’t an accident; it is an acknowledgement that June through August is the most dangerous time of the year for motorcyclist. Since our firm was founded in 1992, we have been involved in a number of accident suits involving serious injuries, and far too many preventable fatalities. However, if our lawyers can educate even a few drivers and riders on the importance of operating their vehicles cautiously, we believe we might just be able to save someone’s life.
Earlier today, a motorcyclist was killed in a morning collision with a semi-truck in West Town. According to Chicago police, the accident happened around 7:30 a.m., and left the motorcyclist dead at the scene. The police Major Accident Investigation Unit was called in for further investigation, but at present little is known about what may have caused the accident. (Chicago Tribune)
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are roughly 35 times more likely to be involved in a deadly traffic accident than their passenger car peers, and this statistic can be attributed to a multitude of different factors. For one thing, motorcycles are much smaller than cars, and are consequently much more difficult to see in blind spots and after dark. This is why the majority of motor vehicle-motorcycle accidents happen after 6 p.m. and in urban areas, where congestion can make blind spots ubiquitous. To make matters worse, when a rider is hit, they have little to nothing protecting them from severe bodily trauma. As we saw in yesterday’s post about semi-trucks, mass matters in motor vehicle accidents, and motorcyclists are particularly disadvantaged in this category. Cars and SUV’s can weigh a couple of tons each, dwarfing a motorcycle, which rarely weighs more than 1,000 lbs., and this combined lack of protection and size leads to much higher instances of sever brain and spinal cord injury, among other things. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
It is important for motorcyclists to acknowledge their own vulnerabilities, and to practice caution to compensate for them. Additionally, it is also extremely important for larger passenger vehicles to keep a look out for motorcyclists, and share the road. The more people we can get to do this, the safer our roadways will be. We hope that you are never put in a position that merits a phone call to our attorneys, but if you or a loved one is ever injured because of the negligent or reckless behavior of another person on the road we will always be there to help you.