As the warmer months arrive in Illinois, more and more residents will use motorcycles as a source of transportation. Motorcycles are economical and are a fun and enjoyable way to get around. However, traveling by motorcycle can also be incredibly dangerous, especially on crowded city streets. Since motorcycles have a smaller profile, they can sometimes be difficult for other drivers to see. A recent tragic motorcycle crash in Chicago claimed the life of a motorcyclist.
There is a certain population of motorists in Illinois and elsewhere who seem to be forgotten by other drivers. Motorcyclists are often found out and about, yet they seem invisible to most people with whom they share the road. As May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, it seems an appropriate time to go over a few stats, as well as some suggestions to help keep these vulnerable motorists safe.
Every day, drivers in Illinois fail to see or yield the right of way to motorcyclists. As a result, motorcyclists are forced to react quickly in order to avoid collisions. Unfortunately, sometimes, in their effort to do this, they crash and suffer injuries, all without ever coming in contact with other vehicles. If you were injured in a no-contact motorcycle accident, you might feel there is no way to recover your losses, but that may not be the case.
Freshly cut grass that is left unbagged and instead strewn over lawns is encouraged by landscapers and conservationists. It acts as a fertilizer and is altogether healthy for yards and parkways across Illinois.
April was Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Illinois and across the country. It was an appropriate month for the campaign, considering that driving tends to increase in the summer – particularly among teenagers who are out of school.
A large number of injuries and deaths on the road involve motorcycle riders. Sadly, these accidents are often avoidable if other drivers would pay sufficient attention. Too often we hear drivers say: “I didn’t see the motorcycle.”
If you had to guess, how many motorcycles do you think are out on the roads in the United States every year? Would you say a couple million? Maybe 3 million? It is likely that many people would underestimate the number, which now stands at 8.6 million motorcycles (both personal and commercial in nature) out on the road in 2015. Six years prior, there were 8 million motorcycles out on the road.
The vast majority of states have statutes requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets. While Missouri has one of these statutes in place, Illinois is one of the few states that does not. But while it may not be illegal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet in Illinois, doing so could put you at risk of sustaining very serious injuries in the case of a motorcycle accident.
It is not uncommon to hear of motor vehicle defects and recalls. Defects that are not addressed in a timely manner can, and sometimes do, result in unsuspecting victims suffering injuries or even death. If a defect is believed responsible for a motorcycle crash, who is to blame and where can residents of Illinois turn for help?
Accidents involving motorcycles are fairly common in Illinois, especially now that the weather is beginning to improve and more motorcyclists are out on the road. When a motorcycle accident does occur, the rider or -- in the event of fatality -- his or her surviving family members may have numerous questions about determining fault and the potential for achieving compensation. If negligence is believed to have contributed to the incident, according to the state, civil claims may be filed in order for damages to be sought.