Statistics provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation demonstrate that there were 3,756 motorcycle collisions in 2011, with the number of riders killed increasing by 10.7 percent from 2010.
Motorcycles have been popular since they were first developed in the 1860’s when a motor was attached to a bicycle. Riders seem to enjoy the feeling of freedom and being able to explore the open road without any constraints. Unfortunately, with this freedom comes a higher risk for motorcyclists to become injured or killed during a wreck, simply because they lack the protection from the outside environment and other vehicles.
At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, our attorneys believe that if you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle crash which was caused by a negligent driver, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for all losses and damages including: medical expenses, litigation expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and property damage.
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Illinois Motorcycle Laws
Throughout the state of Illinois, there are many motorcycle laws that must be followed. These laws are intended to keep motorcyclists safe across our roadways and to help reduce the risk of motorcycle injuries and deaths.
Some Illinois motorcycle laws include:
- A muffler is required and cannot be modified to increase the level of noise
- Helmet speakers can be only for communication purposes
- Motorcycle must have at least one rear-view mirror
- Motorcycle must have minimum liability insurance
- Motorcycle must pass appropriate exams based on their classification of motorcycle
- Motorcycles must use daytime headlights
- Motorcyclist must abide by all street signs, signals, and traffic laws
- Motorcyclist must have appropriate license plate issued
- Passenger seat and footrest required for passengers traveling on bike
- Riders must wear eye protection, unless windscreen is present
- The handlebars must be below the shoulders while seated
If these laws are not followed, motorcyclists risk getting a ticket and losing their motorcycle license. Of course, all riders must be aware of the common causes of motorcycle accidents and the possible results of these accidents.
Causes of Illinois Motorcycle Crashes
Depending on the situation, the cause of motorcycle crashes could be the rider's fault or it could be caused by other motorists. As motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles on our roadways, they are much harder to see and have different maneuvering capabilities than many motorists are used to, thus leading to many accidents for those who are not on the lookout.
Some common causes of Illinois motorcycle collisions include:
- Bad roads
- Bad weather
- Blind spots
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Failing to stop at intersections
- Failing to yield
- Mechanical failure
- Reckless driving
- Skidding or losing control
- Stopped in traffic
- Unsafe lane changing
In addition, there are many different types of motorcycles which an individual can purchase. Thus, when an individual changes bikes, they may not be used to how it controls, which can result in an accident.
When either party neglects to recognize these common causes of motorcycle accidents, it can result in variety of injuries which can range in severity. Of course, these accidents can be avoided by abiding by all traffic laws and practicing defensive driving techniques whenever operating any type of vehicle.
Motorcycle Crash Injuries
In 2011, the Illinois Department of Transportation documented over 3,020 motorcycle injuries and 145 deaths. As there is little to no protection to motorcyclists, their risk for injury and death substantially increases the moment an individual makes the decision to ride, especially when a biker chooses not to wear a helmet.
Motorcycle injuries can include:
- Bikers arm
- Brain damage
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Eye injuries
- Facial injuries
- Foot injuries
- Loss of limb
- Neck and back injuries
- Nerve damage
- Psychological injuries
- Road rash
- Skull fracture
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrist injuries
The extent of the injuries sustained is typically related to speed of travel and the force of impact. In any case, if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention, as it could save your life. In addition, the medical documents can be used by our attorneys to develop a strong case for you against the negligent party in the court of law.
Potential Compensation Benefits Available After Motorcycle Wrecks
As with all types of accidents, there are several factors that may contribute to the recovery process of a motorcycle accident injury. These factors will typically depend on the accident liability, severity of injuries sustained, occupation, and marital status, along with other factors.
Motorcycle crash victim’s compensation benefits may include:
- Funeral expenses
- Litigation expenses
- Loss of past and future wages
- Loss of marital privileges
- Medical expenses
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
Of course, there may be many other compensation benefits available depending on your specific situation and all other entities involved in the accident. These compensation benefits are all intended to protect innocent victims by the negligent actions of another individual.
Contact Our Illinois Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
At the Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, our Illinois motorcycle accident attorneys are proud to protect motorcycle accident victims that have been injured by the negligent actions of another driver. We believe these negligent individuals must claim responsibility for their actions and be held accountable for the injuries they have caused in the court of law.
Having served the communities of Charleston, Mattoon, and O’Fallon for several years, we have gathered the knowledge and experience to help all injured victims throughout Illinois and beyond.
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To learn more about our law firm, or to schedule your free no-obligation case review, our attorneys welcome you to contact us at 855-522-5291 where a member of our intake team will gather information regarding your case and quickly connect you with one of our caring attorneys ready to handle your specific case.