When you think of a motorcycle, a lot of the time you think of the speed, the euphoria, the excitement of zipping down the highway. With that kind of conception, it makes sense that most people believe that the majority of motorcycle accidents happen on the freeway at high speeds. In reality, a huge amount of motorcycle fatalities occur on main city roads, and many of them don’t even involve excessive speed. Since it’s summer and there is an increase in the number of bikes on Illinois roads, our attorneys thought we should take a little time to explain some specifics of motorcycle safety, and give our readers a better idea of where these accidents are most likely to happen.
June, July and August are peak riding months for motorcyclists in the city of Chicago. This is when the sun is out and the city is vibrant, but also when the streets are the most crowded. In many parts of Chicago, the sidewalks are lined with outdoor seating areas for restaurants, or with pedestrians making their way through town. With more pedestrians, more distractions, and a higher amount of vehicles on the road, many drivers don’t even think to look for motorcyclists while going through intersections or checking their blind spots, and this can have deadly consequences.
Motorcyclists are defenseless when it comes to accidents involving larger passenger vehicles. It is not uncommon for a rider to be launched from their bike altogether during a collision, with nothing to stop their forward momentum except for the hard concrete of the road. This immense trauma is why more than 4,000 motorcyclists died in these types of traffic accidents last year alone, and this number is just a small percentage when compared to the thousands of people that were injured. Our lawyers have seen first hand how devastating the affects of motorcycle accidents can be on riders. We have filed lawsuits on behalf of clients with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones and we have the litigation skills needed to get the compensation you deserve. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
If you are a motorcyclist, remember that the majority of these accidents occur during the weekends, and a disproportionate amount of them happen after 6 p.m. Additionally, it is important to always wear a helmet when you are riding; it’s been estimated that just this small precaution may be able to prevent 37% of motorcyclist deaths, and roughly 67% of traumatic brain injuries. Finally, in a bustling city like ours, it is crucial to always practice caution on the roads, whether you are a motorcyclist or the driver of a larger passenger vehicle. This knowledge may not guarantee that you will avoid an accident for the rest of your life, but being informed and alert on the road is the best way to better your odds. (motorcycleaccident.org)
We hope you have a safe and happy summer, and if you or someone that you know is ever injured because of the negligent or reckless actions of another driver, know that our lawyers are always just a phone call away.