Illinois Motorycle Accident Risks

Representing Those Injured in Motorcycle Accidents

The Chicago attorneys of the Phillips Law Offices have been obtaining justice and compensation for clients injured in motorcycle accidents for more than 65 years.

Illinois motorcycle accident risks

With the cost of gas on the rise, motorcycles are appealing to a broader range of riders than ever before. However, there are certain risks associated with motorcycles. Since they are smaller than other vehicles, motorcycles are less visible to other motorists, as well as pedestrians. Moreover, they provide operators with less protection from the elements as well as from other vehicles.

Common causes of Illinois motorcycle accidents

According to the Illinois motorcycle accident lawyers at the Phillips Law Offices, if you own a motorcycle, being aware of the following common causes of motorcycle accidents can help you avoid being involved in one yourself: 

  • Road hazards, such as potholes, slippery road conditions, wet roads, loose stone or gravel, winding roads, blind spots, and even animals.
  • Poor weather conditions, such as rain, fog, or even snow, may contribute to motorcycle accidents.
  • Driving at excessively high speeds, which is a factor in 36 percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes.
  • Negligence on the part of other drivers who text or talk on a cell phone, drive erratically, or speed.
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which accounts for 36 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents.
  • Lack of basic motorcycle riding skills, or failure to appreciate the inherent operating characteristics and limitations of the motorcycle.

If you have been involved in a Chicago motorcycle accident, you should speak with an attorney who specializes in these types of accidents. An Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer from Phillips Law Offices will assess your case, review information obtained at the crash, and help to determine who was at fault in the accident.

Motorcycle statistics

  • In two-thirds of motorcycle accidents involving a passenger vehicle, the driver of the passenger vehicle violated the right of way of the motorcycle rider and caused the accident.
  • Motorcyclists were about 16 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die, and about three times as likely to suffer injury in a motor vehicle crash.
  • Nationwide, 44 percent of motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents were not wearing helmets.
  • 36 percent of all motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents were speeding, and 27 percent of all motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents had prior speeding convictions.
  • 24 percent of all motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents were driving without a valid license.

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another person, you need to speak to an Illinois motorcycle accident attorney to familiarize yourself with your legal rights and pursue fair compensation for your damages.

Serving injured individuals and families in Illinois for more than 65 years

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