Keep Yourself Safe When Riding Your Motorcycle: Wear a Helmet

Every year, roughly 90,000 motorcyclists are injured on our nation’s highways alone. An estimated 5,000 people are killed each year while riding their motorcycle, and the majority of these fatalities occur because of head injuries. Statistics show that not wearing a helmet makes a biker approximately 40% more likely to die in an accident, and 15% more likely to experience a non-fatal brain injury, but as of 2013 there are laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet in only 19 states and the District of Columbia. 28 states currently require some motorcyclists to wear a helmet, and there are still three states in the union in which motorcycle helmet laws are entirely absent; Illinois is one of them. As Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers, we see the deleterious effects of these accidents all too often. Whether you are a seasoned motorcyclist or just bought your first bike, we urge you to wear a helmet, and always remember to ride safely. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute)

Bikers are already at substantially greater risk of suffering an injury compared to other people on the road. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a motorcyclist is 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident than someone driving in a passenger car. Like a pedestrian or bicyclist, a biker has no steel cage to dissipate the force of a collision, and no seat belt to keep them from being thrown about. As a result, when accidents like this do occur, the victim is left in a defenseless position, often breaking bones and experiencing traumatic internal injuries that can take months or even years to recover from. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

If you are a parent, a wife or husband, or a single adult, imagine how drastically your life would change if you suddenly had to take 6 months off of work to recover from an accident, with hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical bills piling up, and facing rising insurance rates. This is the frightening reality of many victims of motorcycle accidents, and in some cases these people are the lucky ones. Two-thirds of the 6 million traffic injuries in the United States each year are permanent, and motorcyclists are not an exception to this fact. In the case of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, the victim may never be able to return to their former job in an effective capacity, and this can be a huge burden to them and their entire family.

If you have suffered a life-altering injury in a motorcycle accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, our attorneys are here to help you hold any and all wrongdoers accountable for their negligence and recklessness. Although we are headquartered in Chicago, we take pride in serving clients from all over Illinois, and giving them the peace of mind they deserve when faced with serious injury. If you or someone you love has had their life changed because of the actions of another person on the road, we can help you.

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