As we are amidst the summer season, more people in Illinois rely on motorcycles as a means of transportation, and as a result, fatal accidents involving motorcycles are greatly increasing as well. One of our Illinois motorcycle accident lawyers recently read a report by Journalstandard.com about a man killed in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Galena Avenue and Stephenson Street in Freeport, Illinois. Police say the 22 year old resident of Freeport was driving his motorcycle southbound on Galena Avenue, while the driver of the car, a 31 year old resident of Freeport, was traveling northbound. The accident occurred when the car turned west onto Stephenson Street in front of the motorcycle. Police say the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and was taken to FHN Memorial Hospital. He later died of injuries sustained in the accident, and the driver of the car was cited for failure to yield at an intersection.
Our Illinois auto accident attorneys are aware of the increase in motorcycle drivers on the road and want to urge the public to be more cautious when traveling on roadways this summer. Because of the vulnerability of motorcyclists, they need to be sure to drive defensively and be cautious around other vehicles on the road. Proper attire should be worn to make the motorcyclist more visible to others, as it is easy for trucks and cars to make turns or merges without noticing the motorcyclist nearby. As most motorcyclists die of head injuries, it is important that they wear helmets at all times. They should also keep their motorcycle’s headlights on, and stay out of other driver’s blind spots.
Journalstandard.com reports that recently, a significant amount of motorcycle accidents have occurred in Northwest Illinois. A spokesman from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), stated, “We have seen an increase in motorcycle registrations and motorcycle crashes over time, for a variety of reasons. That’s why we believe it’s vitally important for motorists and motorcyclists to pay special attention when they are on the road during the warmer months.”
Also listed in the news report are many motorcycle crash statistics from IDOT. In 2010, 343,924 motorcycles were registered in Illinois, representing a 73 percent increase compared to the 198,444 registered in 1999. Many believe the increases in registration may be due to the desire to save money on fuel. Also in 2010, a total of 132 fatal crashes involving motorcycles occurred, killing a total of 130 people, representing a 27 percent increase compared to the 103 motorcyclists killed in 1999, states IDOT.
From the perspective of a Chicago car accident lawyer, the increase in motorcyclists on the road means that both motorcyclists and motorists need to be more careful while driving. Those involved in accidents between motorists and motorcyclists may have legal recourse available to them. If you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries, medical expenses, or property damages as a result of a motorcycle accident, our Chicago auto accident attorneys are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action. Find out what rights may be available to you.