With a forecasted high of just 30 degrees this weekend in Chicago, most motorcyclists aren’t dusting off their bikes just yet. However, Spring really isn’t all that far off, and our lawyers believe that it’s never too early to start talking about motorcycle safety. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nationwide deaths related to automobile accidents (including cars, SUVs, and light trucks) are at an all-time low. Still, while we continue making progress in motor vehicle safety, motorcyclist injuries and fatalities represent an entirely different trend. During the period spanning 1999 to 2008, the number of motorcyclists killed on the road more than doubled, reaching an all time high.
It doesn’t matter if you are a veteran or a first-time rider, motorcycle accident injuries, and even fatalities, can happen to everyone. Yet, despite some estimates tabbing motorcyclists as being 35 times more likely to be involved in a deadly accident than those driving cars, motorcycle use continues to grow, with new riders registering their bikes every day. With that in mind, our Chicago car accident lawyers would like to share a few of the most important considerations and precautions that every beginner or novice motorcyclist should remain cognizant of before they are ready to take their first ride. (Center for Disease Control & Prevention; motorcycle.org)