Recently, the SouthTown Star published an article detailing the unfortunate fatality of a female motorcycle passenger. The motorcycle collided with a vehicle that had improperly turned into traffic causing the passenger to get thrown from the motorcycle. Fortunately, both the driver of the motorcycle, as well as, the 85 year old driver of the automobile did not sustain any life-threatening injuries. The driver of the automobile was cited for failing to yield.
Regrettably, motorcycle fatalities are becoming more common with each year. With the popularity of motorcycles and the subsequent increase in sales, on top of, leaner laws for its users, the injury rate and death toll is substantial. According to TrafficSafety.org, in 2006 about 104,000 motorcycles were involved in crashes and the number has only increased in the years since. On top of that, roughly 80% of all motorcycle crashes injure or kill the motorcyclist. While helmets have been a proven necessity to help save a life, many motorcyclists refuse to wear them since they are not mandated by law.
Our Illinois accident attorneys cannot stress enough the importance of safety for drivers of all types of vehicles. Too many unfortunate deaths have resulted from motor vehicle accidents. It is important to follow all the rules and regulations of the road, for both automobiles and motorcycles. Follow simple steps such as wearing a helmet or a seatbelt could save the lives of you or your loved one.