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Easy ways to reduce risk of injury for a motorcycle accident

Motorcyclists have a much higher risk of suffering an injury in an accident than someone in a regular car. There is also a higher likelihood of a fatality taking place, such as one occurrence that recently took place in Illinois where a motorcyclist in Little Falls lost his life after a collision. 

Therefore, it is in every motorcyclist's best interest to take steps to reduce the chances of an accident occurring. With some of these tips, motorcyclists can even reduce the severity of injury in the event that an accident takes place. 

Gain more training

A large percentage of motorcyclists taught themselves how to ride or learned from a family member or friend. However, to become a more defensive rider, it is best to take a class or two to learn valuable skills. These drivers should take new classes every time they get a new motorcycle because each bike rides differently. 

Wear more protective gear than simply a helmet

Every motorcyclist needs to wear a helmet, but proper protection involves a lot more than just that. Motorcyclists should also wear protective, visible clothing. This can simply include long pants and long-sleeve shirts because if the rider has any skin exposed, then it can result in significant injury even if the accident is not that severe. Most professionals suggest wearing clothing made from Kevlar or leather because it adds an extra layer of protection. Riders should also wear a full face shield. During nighttime riding, motorcyclists need to wear brightly-colored or reflective clothes. 

Avoid lane splitting

The act of lane splitting is actually illegal in Illinois. This is the practice of driving between two lanes of cars, and it is extremely dangerous. One reason why it is dangerous is that cars may not see you between lanes, and a car could try to merge lanes when a motorcycle approaches. Not only could this practice result in a ticket, it could result in serious injury. 

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    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....-Jeff D.

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    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....- Dave

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    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.-Jennifer

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    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day...-Larry

  • "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.- Tyler D.

  • "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.- Karen K.

  • "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends.-Dan H.

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