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Illinois areas see increase in motorcycle crashes

Posted on in Motorcycle Accidents

When motorcyclists enter the road, they expose themselves to certain dangers that other motorists do not encounter. By design, motorcycles lack the occupant protection afforded by cars and traditional vehicles. Motorcycles are much lighter than cars and there are no doors or seatbelts. Stability is also an issue with motorcycles, which operate on two wheels rather than four or more. Motorcycles are also harder for other drivers to see by virtue of their small size and low profile.

For these reasons and others, when riders are involved in a motorcycle accident the risk of injury or death is greatly increased. Certain areas in Illinois are experiencing a rise in fatal motor vehicle accidents in general. The number of deadly accidents is nearly twice as high this year and the number of motorcycle crashes is increasing as well.

As reported by the Illinois State Police, Adams, Brown, Pike, Scott and Schuyler counties are seeing almost two times the number of crashes and local residents point out more erratic drivers. Officers attribute some of the bad driving to the upcoming holiday season, which is prime condition for more crashes. As people head out to shop and run errands, there are simply more cars on the road creating opportunities for collisions. Speeding drivers is also a concern. When drivers travel too fast, they cannot stop in time to avoid an accident.

Officers recommend all motorists to use extra caution but especially motorcyclists. Riders involved in an accident can talk with an Illinois motorcycle injury attorney to understand their legal rights when it comes to recovering compensation for a motorcycle injury. As with typical motor vehicle accidents, recovery usually hinges on proving negligence.

Source: WGEM, "ISP concerned about spike in fatal car crashes," Kendra Whittle, Oct. 30, 2013

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