Hazards Caused By Improperly Maintained Motorcycles And Defective Parts

As discussed on the “Ways To Avoid Motorcycle Accidents And Injuries” page, one way to minimize the possibility of having a motorcycle accident is to make sure that proper maintenance is performed on the motorcycle.

However, there is also the possibility of a defective part of component causing or contributing to a crash.  There are many components on a motorcycle that, if they are defective or otherwise fail during use can cause a crash or at least a loss of motorcycle control.

Harley-Davidson has recently announced a recall of various models due to a possible problem that may arise due to a brake component.

The recall is discussed in a number of media sources, including the Miami Herald article of February 7, 2018 titled “Brake problem causes recall of Harley-Davidson motorcycles” as well as the February 8 wpxi.com article (with video) titled “Harley-Davidson recalls 175K motorcycles for failing brakes.”

An excerpt from the Miami Herald article:

An investigation by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration resulted in the recall of almost 175,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles from the model years 2008 through 2011.

The problem, according to the NHTSA recall notice: “Deposits may form on components within the brake system if the DOT 4 brake fluid is not replaced for a prolonged period of time beyond the 2-year maintenance schedule specified in the Owner’s Manual.”

When that happens, “these deposits may cause a valve within the ABS Hydraulic Control Unit to stick, reducing braking ability and increasing the risk of a crash.”

Additional information, from the wpxi.com article:

Over 40 complaints — including three crashes and two injuries — gave cause to the NHTSA to pressure Harley-Davidson to declare a national recall. The agency had been investigating complaints about the problem since summer 2016.

Harley-Davidson dealers will flush the brakes of every motorcycle covered by the recall and replace the fluid with Platinum Label DOT 4 brake fluid, according to the recall, at no cost to the owner. Recalls are scheduled to begin Feb. 12; owners are urged to contact Harley-Davidson customer service with questions.

Additional details on this recall, as well as the broader issue of riding a safe motorcycle, 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 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ 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 Accident Lawsuit Regarding Edwardsville, Illinois Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle accidents often lead to serious accident injuries for both motorcyclists and any passengers.  As seen in many Chicago area as well as other Illinois motorcycle crashes discussed on this site, a broad range of injuries can result from such crashes.

Many of these injuries, due to their nature, can lead to the motorcyclist and/or passenger requiring a significant or substantial amount of medical care.  This medical care can be extensive, especially if the injury requires surgeries, extensive rehabilitation, or other types of ongoing medical care.

As well, other direct or indirect costs can occur.

While there are many reasons as to why motorcycle accident lawsuits are filed, a primary reason is to get compensation for medical costs and other related monetary factors, such as lost income due to the temporary or permanent inability to work (commonly called “lost wages.”)

A recent lawsuit in Southern Illinois concerns alleged injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident in Edwardsville.  The accident and lawsuit is discussed in the Madison Record article of January 5, 2018 titled “Motorcycle rider alleges injuries from Edwardsville rear-end collision.”

An excerpt from the article:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 23, 2016, he was riding a motorcycle on Route 159 in Edwardsville when he was rear-ended by a pickup truck being driven by Gray while he was in the course and scope with his employment with R. A. Gray.

The plaintiff alleges he sustained injuries to numerous parts of his body and was caused to endure pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

The plaintiff alleges Gray failed to keep the vehicle under proper control, failed to maintain proper lookout and failed to stop or reduce speed to avoid striking plaintiff’s motorcycle.

Additional details regarding the lawsuit can be seen in the 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 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ 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.

Alleged Meth Use By Motorist In Fatal Naperville Motorcycle Accident

In the September 11, 2017 post titled “Motorcyclist Dies Following Naperville SUV-Motorcycle Collision” a September 9, 2017 motorcycle accident in Naperville was summarized.  As seen in that  post, the accident injuries led to the death of Calabria M. Taber, 21, of Maple Park.

As seen in many Illinois accidents, the accident involved a motorist attempting to make a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle.  The motorist was ticketed for failure to yield turning left.

Subsequent information has been made public with regard to the circumstances regarding the crash.

As discussed in various media sources, including the December 12, 2017 Naperville Sun article titled “Teen had meth in his system at time of fatal Naperville crash, prosecutors say” as well as the December 13 Naperville Patch article titled “Meth Was In Teen’s System During Fatal Crash:  Prosecutors,” the 17-year-old male driver of the SUV that struck the motorcycle allegedly had meth in his system.  He has been charged with two counts of aggravated DUI resulting in death.

Motorists who drive under the influence of drugs pose a large risk to motorcyclists for various reasons.  One of these reasons is that such drug-impaired motorists may have an even harder time “seeing” and properly driving around motorcycles.

The issue of impaired motorists and the hazard such drivers pose to motorcyclists is further discussed on the “The Danger To Motorcyclists Presented By Drugged Drivers” page.

Two excerpts from that page:

This inability of a vehicle’s driver to “see” and safely interact with motorcycles is made much harder if the motorist is impaired, either by alcohol or by drug use.  Many Illinois motorcycle accidents which are not the fault of the motorcyclist are caused by impaired drivers.

also:

While, in the past, such motorist impairment typically involved drinking before driving (DUI), in recent years this driver impairment increasingly has involved driving after drug use.  The following discusses the issue of “drugged driving” including Chicago-area traffic accidents involving drivers who have been impaired by drug use.  At least two recent Illinois fatal motorcycle accidents involve a drug-impaired driver striking a motorcycle.  Those accidents are discussed below.

Additional details concerning this drug-impaired driving issue as it concerns motorcyclists 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 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ 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.

The Deadly Nature Of Motorcycle Accidents And Recommended Safety Measures

Motorcycle rider safety is an ongoing concern, given the many serious injuries (that may lead to fatalities) that occur during motorcycle crashes.  As seen in many Illinois motorcycle accidents summarized on this site, these accidents have resulted in a broad range of accident injuries, as well as those that result in fatalities to either the motorcyclist and/or passenger.

There are many reasons why motorcycle accidents are typically highly physically traumatic.  Among these reasons is that motorcyclists have very little if any impact protection if they are in a collision.  As well, there is no restraint of the motorcyclist, and many motorcycle accidents involve the motorcyclist being ejected from the motorcycle.  Such ejections typically cause serious if not life-threatening accident injuries.

On November 20, 2017 MedlinePlus.gov (National Institutes of Health) released “Motorcycle Crashes Far More Deadly Than Car Crashes.”  Various aspects of motorcycle crashes are discussed, with a particular focus on statistics and reasons for fatal motorcycle accidents.

An excerpt, quoting Kara Macek, a spokesperson for the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA):

Macek also agreed that the patterns found in this study would turn up elsewhere. In fact, according to the GHSA, U.S. data show that for every mile driven, motorcycles have a death rate that’s 26 times higher than that of passenger vehicles.

Also mentioned is the danger of riding a motorcycle after drinking:

Alcohol is another issue. Of all U.S. motorcyclists killed in accidents in 2015, 27 percent were intoxicated, according to the GHSA.

Among safety steps mentioned by the GHSA is to not use alcohol before riding; obey the speed limit; and wear a motorcycle helmet.  In Illinois, wearing a motorcycle helmet is not mandatory.  However, there are many safety benefits of wearing a motorcycle helmet.  If a motorcycle crash occurs, a helmet can greatly reduce the possibility of a serious head injury.  Traumatic brain injuries, depending upon their severity, can be among the worst accident injuries that can result during an accident, as such head injuries can lead to fatalities.  Serious head injuries that are not fatal can cause various impairments, both on a temporary as well as on a permanent basis.  Many aspects of traumatic brain injuries, especially those resulting from motorcycle accidents, are further discussed on the “Head Injuries Resulting From Motorcycle Accidents” page.

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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 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ 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 Critically Injured In Crash On Lake Shore Drive

There was a motorcycle accident on Lake Shore Drive late Tuesday night, November 28, 2017.  The accident happened on Chicago’s South Side.

Details regarding the cause of the crash appear to be limited at this time.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of November 29, 2017, titled “Motorcyclist critically injured in Lake Shore Drive crash“:

The single-vehicle crash happened shortly before midnight in the southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive near 16th Street, according to Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Walter Schroeder.

The motorcyclist was taken to Northwest Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago motorcycle accident can be seen in the article mentioned above as well as the November 29 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Motorcyclist Critically Injured In Lake Shore Drive 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 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ 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.