Illinois Motorcycle Riding Safety Discussion And Recommendations

With the main Illinois motorcycle riding season approaching, there are a variety of motorcycle riding safety issues that should be considered.

Riding early in the Illinois season presents a variety of factors that may adversely impact the ability to safety ride a motorcycle.  These factors are discussed on the “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues” page.

Other issues should be considered as well.  The Kane County Connects post of April 18, 2018 titled “To Prevent Fatal Crashes, IDOT, ISP Offer Free Motorcycle Training Courses” discusses various other methods to increase safety.

As seen in the post, “Kane County saw at least seven fatal motorcycle crashes in 2016.”

The post mentions motorcycle training courses, which have been previously mentioned on this site.

Other recommendations from the post:

Riders should protect themselves by wearing personal protective gear on every ride. This includes high-visibility (Hi-Viz) clothing, eye protection, gloves, jackets, pants, boots and a U.S. DOT-approved helmet.

Additionally, riders should never drink and ride. Drinking alcohol reduces reaction times, increases fatigue and leads to poor judgment.

One-third of all motorcycle fatalities in Illinois involve rider impairment.

While wearing a motorcycle helmet is not required by Illinois law, there are many benefits to wearing a helmet while riding.  The safety benefits of wearing a motorcycle helmet are further discussed on the “Illinois Motorcycle Safety And Helmet Use” page.  As discussed on that page, motorcycle helmets substantially reduce head injuries, which often prove to be fatal in motorcycle accidents.  For serious traumatic brain injuries that are not fatal, a range of substantial temporary and long-term impairments can occur.  Long-term impairments can be life-altering in nature and can require substantial amount of ongoing health care and rehabilitation.

Additional details regarding these Illinois motorcycle riding safety issues 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.

Motorcyclist Charged With DUI Following DeKalb County

While many motorcycle accidents are the fault of other motorists, one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents is DUI, i.e. motorcyclists who ride while they are impaired by alcohol use.  This “drunk driving” has been a leading cause of motorcycle accidents for many years.  Of course, given the complexity of riding a motorcycle – including the necessity to maintain balance – any rider impairment greatly increases the possibility of a motorcycle crash.  The subject of motorcycle riding while intoxicated – including statistics – is further discussed on this site’s “Illinois Motorcycle Riding After Drinking” page.

There was a motorcycle crash Thursday (April 12, 2018) after which the motorcyclist was charged with DUI.  The crash occurred in DeKalb County.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the April 13, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Elgin officer in critical condition after motorcycle crash“:

An Elgin police sergeant is in critical condition and was charged with DUI after a motorcycle crash Thursday in DeKalb County, officials said.

Sgt. Ken Ericson was injured in the crash at about 3 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Glidden and Base Line roads, said DeKalb County Sheriff Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan.

Ericson, 49, was on his motorcycle traveling east on Base Line Road, failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into a northbound vehicle on Glidden Road, according to the report.

After the collision Ericson, 49, of Elgin, was flown to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Rockford for treatment of his accident injuries.  At the time of the crash he was not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the Toyota Camry was not injured during the crash.

Ericson was charged with driving under the influence as well as failing to yield at a stop sign.

The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the April 13 Elgin Courier-News article titled “Elgin cop in critical condition, charged with DUI after off-duty motorcycle accident:  officials.”

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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.

Truck-Motorcycle Crash Occurs Near Holiday Shores

As discussed on the “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues” page, there are many reasons why riding a motorcycle in the early Illinois motorcycle season (generally starting in March or April) can be more hazardous than riding during the summer and fall.

One of these reasons is that motorists are not as used to “seeing” motorcycles in March and April as they are later in the season.  As discussed often on this site, one of the main reasons that motorcycle accidents occur is that motorists “fail to see” motorcycles and therefore fail to avoid collisions with them.

There was an early-season truck-motorcycle crash on Thursday (April 5, 2018) near Holiday Shores.  Details on the truck-motorcycle crash appear limited at this time.  Details on why the crash occurred do not appear to be publicly available.  However, it is being reported on Riverbender.com (in the April 6, 2018 article titled “One person airlifted after accident involving a motorcycle on I-159“) that one person was airlifted from the accident scene.

Additional details regarding these Illinois motorcycle accident topics 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.

Injury Lawsuit Concerning Columbia City Motorcycle Accident

One cause of motorcycle accidents (which often leads to an injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit) is when an oncoming motorist enters the lane that the motorcycle is in, usually in an attempt to pass a vehicle.  When this happens, a serious collision (possibly a “head-on collision“) can occur between the vehicle and the motorcycle.

There has been an Illinois injury lawsuit filed regarding an alleged motorcycle accident that happened as a man was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Columbia City on October 16, 2016.  The lawsuit is discussed in the March 14, 2018 Madison Record article titled “Man seeks damages after motorist struck motorcycle in Columbia City.”  Two excerpts from the article, discussing the allegations made by the motorcyclist (Melvin) and defendant (Chinnichi):

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Oct. 16, 2016, Stephen Melvin was operating his 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Bluff Road near its intersection with Valmeyer Road in Columbia City when the defendant suddenly entered the northbound lane and hit his motorcycle, causing it to skid.

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The plaintiffs allege Chinnichi negligently attempted to pass in a no-passing zone, failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to yield to the right of way.

According to the article, among the injuries Melvin claims in the lawsuit are “serious and permanent injuries” as well as a concussion.  [As discussed on this site’s “Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) And Concussions” page, head and brain trauma can be among the most serious accident injuries that result due to a motorcycle accident.]

Additional details regarding motorcycle accident topics 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.