On Tuesday, WMBF News reported a story involving a motorcycle accident that lead two people to suffer extremely serious personal injuries. A motorcycle, with two passengers , collided into a stopped van. The motorcycle’s driver was not wearing a helmet, but the passenger was, and after police investigated, they concluded that the driver was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Due to this finding, our Illinois motorcycle accident attorneys believe that many things could have been done to likely prevent such a serious accident from occurring.
As we have mentioned in previous posts, it is important that not only motorcyclists, but also all drivers, avoid driving under the influence. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous because it makes the driver lose focus, and not as alert as they might otherwise be. Operating a motorcycle under the influence of drugs or alcohol is an especially dangerous combination, because there is an increased risk for serious injuries to motorcyclists because they lack the protection that a car offers.
In addition to staying sober, motorcyclists should also make sure to have the proper safety equipment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association notes that it is crucial to have the correct eye protection, gloves, jackets and pants, shoes, and of course helmets. Bugs, dust, and rocks can get into driver’s eyes, making it hard to see so it is important to have safety goggles or a helmet with a shield in order to protect the eyes. If an accident should happen, it is very important for riders to be wearing clothing durable enough to protect them from abrasions, along with footwear that covers the feet and even part of the legs. Gloves can help drivers keep their hands more firmly on the steering controls.
In order to stay safe on the road, our Chicago accident lawyers once again remind motorcyclists not only to wear the proper protection, but to also avoid distractions and driving under the influence at all costs. Motorcycle accidents can have devastating effects on individuals and families, because more often than not, the injuries are severe and can be life-changing. We have seen many victims of motorcycle accidents sustain significant brain and spinal cord injuries, which may require a lifetime of medical care and assistance. If the accident was the fault of a negligent driver, victims can take action to seek fair and reasonable compensation. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident and suffered serious injuries, you may have a cause of action. Feel free to contact our motorcycle accident lawyers to discuss how we may be able to help you.