According to studies by the federal government, 30 times more motorcyclists died than motorists in 2009 -- when calculated per traveled mile. There are significant numbers of motorcycles traveling on Illinois roads, and there are many reasons why people prefer this mode of transport. The fun and sense of freedom, along with lower transportation costs contribute to their popularity. Motorcycles with enhanced performance capabilities may encourage quick acceleration, risky maneuvers and excessive speed that could result in a motorcycle accident.
While the steering and braking systems of cars often allow for safe movement during emergency situations, motorcycles are not as stable, and riders often fail to control their motorcycles when emergency braking or swerving is required. The risk of death is significant in any motorcycle accident, as a rider -- or passenger -- usually bears the brunt of the impact with their bodies, even if a high rate of speed was not a factor. Understandably, being a passenger on a motorcycle is just as dangerous as being the driver -- if not more so.