Our Chicago injury attorneys know that the arrival of warm weather unfortunately also brings with it an increase in the number of motorcycle crashes in Illinois. As the temperature increases, more motorcyclists are on the road, and the number of fatalities multiplies exponentially.
The last reported statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation – Division of Traffic Safety show that more than 50% of motorcycle accidents occur in the summer months. That means that more than half of the crashes are packed into only one of the four seasons. Now is the time when motorcycle safety information is especially important.
Just this month, the town of Rockford, Illinois was shaken by a major motorcycle accident in which the bike collided with a news-media SUV. According to the Rockford Register Star, the driver of the motorcycle, a 23 year-old citizen of Winnebago County, died ten days after the accident as a result of traumatic brain injuries.
Certainly motorcycles can be a lot of fun, but they can also be very dangerous if you aren’t well-prepared. In fact, 14% of traffic collisions involve motorcyclists, but motorcycles only account for 3% of registered vehicles in Illinois. So as a motorcyclist, what can you do to help prevent accidents?
1. Wear a helmet. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation – Division of Traffic Safety, approximately 82% of the motorcyclists killed were NOT wearing a helmet.
2. Drive in daylight and on week days. In 2009, 59% of the fatal crashes involving motorcycles occurred during the weekend.
3. Don’t drive a motorcycle if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication.
4. Obey traffic signs and controls.
5. And pay attention. Weather and roadway surface conditions are generally not factors in crashes that result in motorcycle fatalities. In 2009, approximately 93% of such crashes occurred in clear weather, on dry pavement, so you should always drive defensively to increase your odds of avoiding a collision.
Enjoy the warm weather, but BE CAREFUL!
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident, a Chicago personal injury attorney may be able to help.