Motorcycle Accidents In Illinois

Arlington Heights Motor Cycle Accident Attorneys

A recent news article states that in 2014 there were approximately 360,188 registered motorcycles in the state of Illinois, and that in the first half of 2013 alone, there were approximately 84 motorcycle fatalities. The same article points out that although motorcycle fatalities in 2014 had significantly decreased from previous years, there were still at least 60 estimated motorcycle fatalities for the first half of 2014.

When it comes to riding a motorcycle in the State of Illinois, there are a number of important safety precautions to consider. A driver of a car needs to heed these precautions, as well, when sharing the road with motorcycles. The Illinois Department of Transportation has provided guidance in this regard, advising that drivers should expect to see motorcycles at any time and to search aggressively for them. Additionally, the IDOT notes that motorcycles have their headlights on at all times, and therefore, drivers should be cognizant of this, and to actively look for single headlights to signal that a motorcycle is near.

The IDOT encourages Illinois drivers to actively scan their rearview and side mirrors for any indication that a motorcycle may be approaching from behind or be driving in one’s blind spot, especially when driving in heavy traffic where motorcyclists may be less noticeable.

The IDOT advises that all drivers adhere to a minimum two second “space cushion” when following another vehicle to give both drivers and motorcyclists sufficient time in which to react. When driving in inclement weather or poor driving conditions at night, the IDOT recommends that drivers maintain an even longer “space cushion” when following motorcyclists, including a four to five second following distance. In situations where there is heavy traffic, the IDOT advises that drivers should remain the most attentive, especially in regards to motorcyclists, where there is significantly less following distance and greater likelihood of collision.

One of the most crucial areas where drivers need to be cognizant of motorcyclists is at intersections. The IDOT notes that the majority of car-motorcycle crashes occur at intersections, when a car turns left in front of a moving motorcycle, violating its right of way.

If you have been involved in an accident involving a motorcyclist, whether it be you or someone you know, you need a seasoned motorcycle accident attorney on your side to help you evaluate and seek recovery for your losses. Motorcycle accidents are by their very nature unique, and not your typical automobile accidents. They can be complex with serious property and personal injury-related damages. Call or email the Newland & Newland Law Firm today for a complimentary consultation to see how we can help you.

  • Newland & Newland LLP, Attorneys, Arlington Heights, IL