According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2010 there were 131 motorcycle related fatalities, which is close to 15% of all motor vehicle crash related fatalities. This alarming statistic represents almost a 30% increase in motorcycle fatalities in the last decade. Of the 131 motorcycles related fatalities, only two of them were wearing a certified helmet, and 110 of the people killed were not wearing helmets at all. There are no laws requiring helmet use in Illinois but our Illinois motorcycle accident lawyers encourage that all motorcyclists use helmets, because they can potentially save lives.
Motorcyclists, because of the size of their vehicles and lack of protection, are most at risk for serious injury in an accident. Motorcyclists should wear helmets and reflectors to make themselves as visible as possible, helping other drivers on the road to notice their presence. Motorcyclists should also drive extremely defensively and cautiously. Because of their size, motorcyclists are hard to see, especially when on the highway, near trucks, in intersections, or at night. By paying close attention to road signs and signals of other vehicles, motorcyclists can avoid serious injury in an accident.
Additionally, car and truck drivers need to be aware of motorcyclists and do their part to avoid accidents. Truckers and drivers should always double check their blind spots before changing lanes and also keep an eye out for motorcyclists when turning. Making yourself aware of the presence of motorcycles can help you to avoid a possible accident with one.
What do you do if you are injured as a result of someone else’s mistakes on the road? Our Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys help injured motorcyclists and their families recover compensation for the harms caused. When they are involved in an accident, motorcyclists are often subject to more serious injuries. Accidents with other vehicles may cause them to fall off their bike, and can lead to serious brain or spinal cord injuries.
Injuries of this magnitude may result in significant medical bills, and lead to lifelong disability and the inability to work. If a motorcyclists’ injuries are the result of an accident caused by another driver’s negligence, the victim has right to hold all wrongdoers accountable in a court of law. Filing a lawsuit can not only help the motorcyclist receive fair compensation, but can also set an example for negligent drivers. If you or a loved one has been affected by an accident of this nature, please contact our Illinois motorcycle attorneys to discuss your potential case.