Early this morning, a Chicago accident lawyer at our firm read an article about an Illinois man who was killed in a motorcycle accident on MLive.com. The 54-year-old Naperville manwas killed yesterday afternoon when a turning car crossed his motorcycle’s path. He was thrown from the motorcycle and then taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the turning car told police that he did not see the motorcycle quickly enough, and when he finally did see the motorcycle, it was too late. The driver of the car was not injured. The article also reports that the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, and alcohol was not involved in the accident. Police are still investigating the accident to determine if speeding played a role in the fatal crash.
Now that Spring has arrived and the weather is warm, our Illinois car accident lawyers thought it was important to review motorcycle safety tips. Most motorcycle accidents occur at intersections, when either a motorcycle or car involved is turning left so motorcyclists should be extra cautious and slow down at intersections. The Illinois State Police encourage motorcyclists to ride defensively, and always assume that others on the road do not see you. In order to make themselves more visible to out motorists, motorcyclists can try to make eye contact with other drivers, make sure their lights are on at night, have reflectors on their bikes, and always use turn signals. Protective clothing, such as gloves, long sleeves, pants, and boots, can be found with reflectors on them, which could also help increase visibility.
Other tips for motorcycle safety can be found on the Illinois Department of Transportation site. IDOT suggests that motorcyclists should always drive defensively and avoid speeding or reckless driving. Even though motorcycles accelerate faster than other vehicles on road, motorcyclists should still maintain the speed limit and not weave through lanes. At night these dangerous actions can decrease visibility further.
A Chicago car accident lawyer of ours also wanted to mention that there are 63 motorcycle-training sites throughout the state of Illinois. The courses are free, and start with Beginner, followed by Intermediate, and ending with Experienced. They teach safety skills and give drivers tips to avoid accidents. We encourage motorcyclists to partake in these free motorcycle courses to increase their skills through instruction. A list of locations can be found on the Illinois Department of Transportation website, and classes take place over the weekends.