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Waukegan personal injury attorneysIf you drive on any major road on a regular basis, you have almost certainly encountered motorcycles. Some riders ride alone while others like to travel in groups of two or more. Unfortunately, there are certain riders who insist on riding recklessly, exceeding the speed limit, and weaving in and out of traffic. Such riders may be confident about what they are doing, but the reality is that this reckless driving of a motorcycle can and does lead to serious accidents causing injuries or death.  

In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of accidents involving motorcycles has been going up even as those involving all other motor vehicles have been going down. The CDC says the economic burden from motorcycle crash injuries and deaths in one year alone totaled more than $12 billion. Given the rise in the number of people using motorcycles, the CDC has sounded an alarm, calling this increase in motorcycle accidents a major public health concern, besides the associated economic loss.

Vulnerabilities of Motorcycles

The Illinois Division of Traffic Safety says of all motorized vehicles on the road, motorcycles are the most vulnerable because of their small size and weight compared to other motorized vehicles. Their small size also makes them vulnerable to being hit or run over by large trucks who do not see them as they ride in the truck’s blind spot.

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Waukegan Fatal Car Accident Lawyer

Warm, dry weather almost guarantees an influx of motorcycle riders to Lake County roads, creating an increased risk of motorcycle accidents. To avoid being found negligent in a motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle--and therefore liable for injuries and damages to a motorcycle driver and their passenger--all drivers need to be on the lookout not only for motorcycles themselves but also for conditions that could cause a motorcycle to wipe out.

Conditions Ripe for Motorcycle Crashes

Here are a few things to watch out for when sharing the road with motorcycles or riding one yourself:

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McHenry County winter motorcycle accident lawyerWhile many recreational motorcyclists choose to lock up their bikes for the winter, those that rely on their motorcycle as their primary means of transportation continue to ride throughout the winter months. Riding your motorcycle during the winter requires extreme precision and care. Listed below are some simple tips that could help you avoid being injured in a motorcycle accident this winter:

  • Wear Proper Equipment: While riding your motorcycle, it is important to wear the correct protective equipment. Warm clothing can protect against cold winter weather, and body armor can protect motorcyclists from further injury in the event of a collision. However, the most important piece of equipment you can wear is your helmet. Helmet use saves thousands of lives throughout the United States each year. If you choose to ride your motorcycle this winter, it is best to wear a helmet that offers full face protection, as well as clothing, boots, and gloves that cover any exposed skin. 
  • Travel at Appropriate Speeds: As the weather gets colder, so do the tires on your motorcycle. Colder tires have limited ability to gain traction, leading to difficulty stopping and changing directions. The combination of icy roads and reduced tire traction can cause dangerous collisions. Due to these factors, traveling at excessive speeds can be increasingly dangerous during winter months.
  • Avoid Reckless Riding: Riding your motorcycle can be a liberating activity, but during the winter months, you should exercise additional focus and care. Avoiding aggressive passing, tailgating, and other forms of reckless driving can help to ensure that you arrive safely to your destination this winter. 
  • Know Your Limits: Motorcycle riding takes a great deal of skill in the best of conditions, and it becomes even more difficult during winter weather. Operating a motorcycle on snowy or icy roads requires extreme care, and the presence of other vehicles can increase the dangers motorcyclists face. If you are a novice motorcyclist or are unsure about your ability to control your bike in the winter, it may be wise to avoid riding in urban areas or lock your bike away until nicer weather returns. 

Contact a Lake County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Tragically, motorcycle accidents are incredibly common throughout the United States. In 2016 alone, over 5,000 Americans lost their lives in motorcycle accidents. If you or a loved one are injured in a motorcycle collision, it is likely that the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver. At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C., our number one priority is ensuring that you and your family receive the compensation you deserve after being injured in a motor vehicle collision. To schedule a free consultation with a Waukegan personal injury attorney, call us today at 847-662-3303. 

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Chicago motorcycle accident injury lawyerA recent tragedy in Naperville reminded all Chicagoans of the dangers of motorcycle riding. A young Aurora man and his teen passenger were killed when their motorcycle was struck by a Honda Civic at the intersection of Aurora Avenue and Fort Hill Drive on Friday, July 2. The tragic accident was just the latest motorcycle fatality in the greater Chicago area, and the crash was the second Naperville motorcycle collision that day. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 5,000 fatal motorcycle accidents occurred nationwide in 2016. Throughout the state of Illinois, more than 100 motorcyclists are killed in accidents each year. If you or a member of your family are injured in a motorcycle collision, contacting a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can be paramount in ensuring your family receives the help they deserve. 

Motorcycle Fatalities Nationwide 

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,It is no shock that there are more motorcycle fatalities and injuries per number of accidents than those experienced by drivers or passengers in motor vehicles. Because motorcycle riders lack an enclosed space, accidents are usually more severe. This is exacerbated by the fact that a significant number of motorcycles have high performance capacities, meaning that they can drive at high speeds — this is further exacerbated by the fact that many motorcyclists are using the bike for a joy ride, rather than for function. This can often mean that motorcyclists are more reckless.

Although there are not set comparative numbers, by some estimates that per mile traveled in 2013, there were 26 times the number of motorcycle deaths than fatalities in motor vehicles. While motorcycle deaths declined between the early 1980s and 1998, they have been steadily increasing in numbers since 1998. This could be because there are simply more motorcyclists on the road — but either way, motorcycle deaths made up nearly 15 percent of all roadway crashes in 2013 and were double the number of deaths in 1997.

Helmets are the single easiest way to avoid death if involved in a motorcycle accident. Most states have helmet laws — either requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet when driving, or a partial law, which limits to whom the law is applicable. Illinois is among the three states that does not have any helmet law at all. A bill introduced in 2011 would have required drivers under the age of 26 to use a helmet, but it did not pass. Even with a helmet, however, motorcycle accidents are still among the most deadly: 59 percent of motorcycle drivers who were fatally injured in a crash in 2013 were in fact wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

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