As the weather heats up, more riders will jump on their motorcycles and hit the road. With the increase of motorcycle riders on the roads, there is also an increase in the amount of crashes that occur involving motorcycles. The summer months of June, July and August are when most motorcycle crashes happen, and Saturdays are the most dangerous days to ride. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the road and are more likely to be injured or killed than car occupants. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, motorcycle crash injuries are most common among young men on rural roads in the summer. Drivers of cars need to be extra cautious this summer to ensure the safety of motorcyclists. Motorcyclists are entitled to the same rights and safety protections as drivers of cars.
Riding a motorcycle can be risky. If a passenger car or commercial vehicle hits you, you could suffer a severe injury or even face death. Because you have less protection on a motorcycle, it is important for you to remain constantly alert for the vehicles around you.
Mark T. Schneid and Daniel R. Chaidez obtained a $300,000 recovery for our client who was injured in a motorcycle crash. On August 20, 2015, our client was riding his 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when a driver of an oncoming van made a left turn directly into our client, striking his left leg. After the impact, our client lost control of his motorcycle and struck a nearby mailbox. He sustained a left leg fracture that required surgery as well as broken teeth.
A hit and run accident claimed the life of a New Lenox man one day after he was injured while riding his motorcycle in Lockport on September 15, 2015.
On June 24, 2015, at approximately 2:30 p.m., a motorcyclist was involved in a crash with another car at Route 59 and James Avenue in unincorporated West Chicago, Illinois. Southbound traffic on Route 59 was closed while police cleared the scene. Authorities say that the motorcyclist was taken to Central DuPage Hospital with serious injuries.