Motorcycle “Loss Of Control” Accidents

As discussed in the February 1, 2015 post (“Motorcycle Loss Of Control As An Accident Cause“) many accidents are caused by motorcyclists who lose control of their bikes.  Many Illinois motorcycle accidents that cite “loss of control” as an accident cause are summarized within this site.

Recently, there have been two more motorcycle accidents, one in Illinois and one in Iowa resulting in a fatality, that cite loss of control.  They are summarized in the following articles:

Chester man injured in motorcycle crash

Preston man killed in motorcycle accident

The underlying reasons for loss of control are various, and can include:

  • Motorcycle defects
  • Poorly maintained motorcycles
  • Road hazards (such as gravel)
  • Motorcyclist operating error

Often, loss of control of the motorcycle occurs when the motorcycle is vulnerable to instability, such as travel at high speed or taking a corner too quickly.

Additional information can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience a motorcycle accident injury or fatality in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the legal situation and to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit should be filed.  Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is an Illinois personal injury law firm that concentrates in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.)

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

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Motorcycle Accident In Moline Injures Motorcyclist And Pedestrian

There was a motorcycle accident on Tuesday night (March 10, 2015) in which two people in Moline, a motorcyclist and pedestrian, were injured.

According to media sources, the collision between the motorcyclist and pedestrian happened at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of 29th Street.

As a result of the collision, two people were hurt and airlifted to hospitals for treatment of accident injuries.

Two excerpts from the March 10, 2015 wqad.com article titled “Jogger and motorcyclist hurt when they collide in Moline“:

Witnesses told police that Kimberly Doerr, of Moline, was jogging northbound on 29th Street when she started to cross the street at an angle at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015.  She was struck by a northbound motorcycle, driven by Brian Lavery of Moline, that was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed.

also:

“It was a terrible accident,” said Detective Scott Williams with the Moline Police Department. “It’s the first bad motorcycle accident that we’ve had this year.”

“This is a terrible, tragic reminder that even though everybody wants to enjoy the [warmer weather], we have to be really careful.”

The article further describes the accident as well as the injuries sustained.

Additional details regarding this Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in the wqad.com article mentioned above, as well as the March 11 qctimes.com article titled “Two injured in Moline motorcycle-pedestrian crash.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience a motorcycle accident injury or fatality in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the legal situation and to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit should be filed.  Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is an Illinois personal injury law firm that concentrates in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.)

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation.

Motorcycle “Lane-Splitting” Discussion

Lane-splitting” by motorcyclists remains a controversial topic, with some believing it has beneficial aspects, while others – especially motorists – believing that it is dangerous.  Those who believe it is dangerous often cite that lane-splitting is often unexpected, and a lane change or other movement by a car or vehicle in front of a lane-splitting motorcyclist can lead to a collision.

In the March 7-8, 2015 Wall Street Journal article titled “Motorcyclists See More Roads Opening Up,” lane-splitting by motorcyclists is discussed, particularly with regard as to whether the practice should be legally allowed.  Currently, the only state that legally allows lane-splitting is California.

An excerpt from the article:

No one has tracked exactly how many highway accidents are caused by lane-splitting. But last year, a study from the California Office of Traffic Safety found that motorcyclists’ injuries were kept down as long as they split lanes in slowly moving traffic and exceeded the speed of other traffic by less than 10 miles an hour.
“Lane splitting, when done in a safe and prudent manner, is no more dangerous than regular motorcycling,” said Chris Cochran, a spokesman for the state traffic-safety office.
Additional details can be seen in the Wall Street Journal article mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience a motorcycle accident injury or fatality in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the legal situation and to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit should be filed.  Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is an Illinois personal injury law firm that concentrates in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.)

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation.

Motorcycle Loss Of Control As An Accident Cause

Many different factors can pose risks to Illinois motorcyclists.  On this site, many motorcycle accident statistics are cited – both for Illinois as well as nationally – and various motorcycle rider safety issues are also discussed.

In the January 30, 2015 Bloomberg article titled “Motorcycle Control Loss Largest Crash Cause, Study Finds,” a study by insurer Progressive, as well as comments from the California Highway Patrol regarding motorcycle crashes, are featured.

An excerpt from the article:

Insurer Progressive Corp. found that single-vehicle mishaps accounted for more motorcycle-related claims last year than any other event, the company said in a report Thursday. Mayfield Village, Ohio-based Progressive said it processed 3.5 times more of such claims than for rear-end crashes, the next-most common motorcycle incident.

“Excess speed is the most common rider-related factor in fatal motorcycle accidents,” Steve Carapia, a California Highway Patrol public information officer, said in a phone interview. Motorcyclists who drive too fast can’t identify and react to obstacles in the road, he said.

The article also quotes Carapia with regard to another leading cause of motorcycle accidents, that of motorcyclists riding while intoxicated on alcohol or drugs.  On this site, the hazard of motorcycle riding after drinking is featured on the “Illinois Motorcycle Riding After Drinking” page, which discusses the hazards of riding after drinking and cites various statistics regarding Illinois motorcycle crashes involving alcohol consumption.

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Should you or someone you care for experience a motorcycle accident injury or fatality in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the legal situation and to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit should be filed.  Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is an Illinois personal injury law firm that concentrates in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.)

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation.

Motorcyclist Safety Among Older Riders

Motorcycle rider safety is a critical issue, and is often discussed in this site, both in a number of pages (including the “Illinois Motorcyclist Safety And Helmet Use” page and  the “Illinois Motorcycle Riding After Drinking” page) as well as various posts found under the “Motorcycle Rider Safety” category.

Many different factors can pose risks to Illinois motorcyclists.  The Wall Street Journal article of December 22, 2014, titled “Motorcycle Deaths Rise for Boomers” discusses various factors that pose risks for older riders, especially those considered “Boomers.”   Various statistics are also cited, including a chart showing annual U.S. motorcycle crash deaths since 1991, as well as those involving motorcyclists with ages 55-64.

A couple of excerpts:

While older riders may be less reckless in their habits, they also are more vulnerable, said James Hedlund, a traffic-safety consultant in Ithaca, N.Y. “Their reflexes and their vision aren’t as good as they were,” he said, and their bodies are more fragile: “The same impact will cause more damage to a 55-year-old than a 25-year-old.”

also:

Some baby boomer men gave up motorcycling in their 20s or 30s when they had children and settled down. Once the children were grown, the dads had more time and money, allowing them to buy motorcycles, typically larger than those they had in their youths. In the 1960s, a 650 cubic-centimeter engine was considered big, said Joe Proia, a motorcycle-training instructor in Uxbridge, Mass. Today’s typical Harley engines are more than double that size.
“Just because you rode 20 years ago doesn’t mean you can pick it up where you left off,” said Paul W. Coté, president of the Massachusetts Motorcyclists’ Survivors Fund, which helps families of riders who were killed or injured.
The article also discusses various fatal and nonfatal motorcycle accidents among older riders.  Additional details can be found in the Wall Street Journal article mentioned above.

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