A man and woman died early Sunday after their motorcycle collided with an SUV in Bridgeview, Illinois during early morning hours on June 1, 2014. The man was the driver of the motorcycle and the woman was a passenger. The crash occurred near 85th and Harlem after their motorcycle was struck by an SUV heading in the opposite direction. The driver of the SUV was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. At this time, no charges have been filed related to the accident. Bridgeview police are continuing their investigation.
As of June 6, 2014, the Illinois Department of Transportation has reported a total of 311 fatal crashes resulting in 337 fatalities. Crashes involving motorcycles account for 1.5 percent of the total crashes, 16.7 percent of the fatal crashes and 5.0 percent of the injury crashes statewide. While most motor vehicle collisions occur during the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., the Illinois Department of Transportation has reported tens of thousands of accidents outside of those hours.
When traveling at night while on a motorcycle, there are many safety precautions you can take to ensure other drivers see you. Wear bright colored clothing, flashing your brake lights before slowing down or stopping and using hand signals as well as turn signals are suggested. Also, being aware of other vehicles blind spots and keeping enough following distance can ensure your safety.
There are several options to hone your skills on the bike including the Cycle Rider Safety Training Program. They free courses for riders of all skill and experience levels. Using these safety tips can protect you and your passengers while out riding your motorcycles during the summer months.
The attorneys at Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid are committed to representing people who have been seriously injured and incur significant medical expenses as a result of motor vehicle accidents. Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continue to handle personal injury cases in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall Counties and all throughout the Chicagoland area.
Sources: Chicago Tribune, “Two die after motorcycle, SUV collide in Bridgeview”, Staff Report, June 1, 2014.