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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer,This weekend we turn the clocks ahead, a sure sign that winter is getting ready to exit and spring will soon make its debut. Along with the warmer weather comes many outdoor activities. One of those activities that has grown in popularity over the past few years is motorcycle riding. Unfortunately, along with that increased popularity comes an increase in motorcycle crashes. Almost 5,000 people are killed each year in motorcycle accidents.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes result in either serious injuries or death. When a person climbs onto the seat of a motorcycle, they are completely unprotected, compared to the protection offered when driving a car or truck. There is no roof, no doors, no seat belts and no airbags. Other vehicles also offer more stability because they sit on four wheels, unlike the motorcycle which sits on two wheels.

Approximately 40 percent of motorcycle crashes are single-vehicle accidents and are often caused by inexperience of the driver, speeding, or driving under the influence. Other causes can be mechanical failure of the bike, slippery or obstacles on the roads.

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IllinoisDrunk or impaired driving is unsafe for everyone involved, and not just the passengers and driver in the car with the impaired driver. Drunk drivers are a danger to everyone on the road, and even more-so if that driver is on a motorcycle. Motorcyclists are among the categories of people most at-risk for drunk driving and drunk driving fatalities. That motorcyclists are very likely to be injured in a drunk driving crash is no surprise — the nature of the motorcycle does not allow the same protections as a motor vehicle or truck. But there are also statistics that point to the fact that motorcyclists are perhaps more likely than other drivers to get behind the wheel drunk.

Among motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes in 2013, a full 27 percent of them had a blood alcohol content (BAC) that was above the legal limit. This percentage increased according to the age of motorcyclist killed: nearly half of all fatally-injured alcohol-impaired motorcyclists were over the age of 40 at the time of the accident, and this group also had the highest percentage of deaths with BACs of more than 0.08 percent.

Alcohol, of course, only compounds the already unsafe nature of motorcycles when compared to motor vehicles. In 2013, motorcyclists were 26 times more likely than people in motor vehicles to die in a crash per vehicle traveled, and five times more likely to be injured. Despite this, the number of motorcycles on the road continues to increase, with an estimated 8.4 motorcyclists nationwide in 2013, and statistics point to the fact that motorcyclists may actually be getting safer. The number of people who died in motorcycle crashes was down 6.4 percent between 2012 and 2013.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,According to the Federal Highway Commission, more than 117,000 Americans are injured or killed each year on icy, snowy, or slushy roads. Dangerous for even the most competent of drivers, it is essential that Illinois motorists effectively prepare for such conditions to prevent automobile accidents. The following winter weather safety tips can make the roads a little safer for everyone this season.

Keep a Winter Travel Safety Kit in Your Car

Poor road conditions or vehicle malfunctions can leave you stranded on the side of the road with very little chance of finding anyone that can help. Be prepared with a winter travel safety kit. The following are recommended items you should include:

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Many of us have heard of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Click It or Ticket campaign. The national campaign is focused on convincing people to fasten their seat belts. In particular, the campaign is aimed at teens and young adults. The goal is to convince people to always “click it” when getting into a vehicle, either as a driver or a passenger. Statistics show that almost half of people who die in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belt.

Illinois is one of many states in the nation that participate in the Click It or Ticket program. Typically, the state holds two campaigns every year. The first is held around the Memorial Day weekend and the second is held over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. There are approximately 400 law enforcement agencies, including the Illinois State Police, who participate in the program. For those who are found not wearing a seat belt, the minimum fine is $60.00.

But does the threat of receiving a ticket actually work in getting people to click their seat belts? One study examined this question and found that these campaigns do appear to be working.

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The Illinois seat belt law just turned 30 years old. Lawmakers say the law is working, with 95 percent of the state’s motorists buckling up. Now it is a matter of convincing those other 5 percent to do the same.

Statistics show that the average person who does not use a seat belt is typically a male who is in their twenties. With that age group in mind, the Illinois Department of Transportation has implemented a new program, “Driving Dead” to convince these young drivers to buckle those seat belts. The program is based on the popular television series, “The Walking Dead” and even has one of its lead actors, Michael Rooker, involved in the campaign.

"Driving Dead" is more than just the average public service campaign. Instead, it is an actual web series which can be watched online. According to its IMDB description, the series is set in a post-apocalyptic Illinois, where “tough guys” survive by fighting against zombies, using weapons and a tank-like machine. But they always remember to buckle their seat belts.

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