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.
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.
A motorcycle crash in Des Plaines has left a 21 year-old man in critical condition. The crash occurred on April 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the intersection of Golf Road and Mount Prospect Road when a minivan turned left in front of the motorcycle.
With summer right around the corner, car drivers will see more motorcycles on the road. Unfortunately, this will lead to an increase in car-motorcycle accidents. Even though motorcycle drivers use helmets and gloves, they are still at risk for severe injuries when involved in a crash. Below are some tips for car drivers that will help reduce the amount of motorcycle crashes this year.
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.
Over the weekend, a tragic accident involving a motorcycle and a car in Roselle resulted in two deaths. Authorities are still investigating the accident, and toxicology tests are being conducted by the DuPage County Coroner's office in order to determine whether alcohol or drugs were factors in the fatal motorcycle crash. Authorities reported that speed may have also been a factor in the accident. The accident occurred when a motorcyclist crashed into the driver's side of a car. The driver of the car was killed in the impact. The motorcyclist was also killed.
As the winter continues to roll along, going for a motorcycle ride is likely a distant thought for many people living in Illinois. However, one family from Aurora has likely had motorcycle safety on the mind, as the wife of an accident victim recently filed a wrongful death suit that implicates a local police officer.
As the winter sets in across Chicagoland, motorcycles are probably not the first thing the minds of local residents. However, the memory of a deadly motorcycle accident is fresh on the minds of one Naperville family, since the motorist who caused the accident was recently given a criminal sentence.
Motorcycle riding is often a seasonal pleasure, although many riders depend upon two-wheeled transportation long after pleasant weather fades. Some motorcyclists are worried about the inexplicable rise in the Illinois motorcycle crash rate, an increase forcing some bikers to ride armed -- with cameras.