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 that 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.

Tire Blowouts As A Motorcycle Accident Cause

One of potential hazards facing motorcyclists is that of mechanical problems that can occur during riding.  These mechanical problems can pose a significant problem for the rider due to various problems they can cause.  Due to the inherent balance needed to maintain a motorcycle’s stability, any issue that can cause instability can lead to a crash.  Perhaps the best way to avoid mechanical problems is to perform regular maintenance and otherwise be aware of mechanical issues that may arise.

One of the mechanical problems potentially facing motorcyclists is tire blowouts.  Tire blowouts have led to fatal Illinois motorcycle accidents in the past.  Many aspects of tire blowouts are discussed on the “Tire Blowouts As An Accident Cause” page.  While there can be many reasons that such a blowout occurs, certain factors tend to increase the likelihood of such an event.

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Monday night (September 25, 2017) on I-65 in Northwest Indiana in which a tire blowout on a motorcycle led to a fatal crash.  It does not appear as if the reason for the tire blowout has been publicly disclosed at this time.

The accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the September 26, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in crash after tire blowout on I-65.”

An excerpt from the article:

Bahnan Dawood, 50, was driving a 2012 Honda motorcycle north at 11:13 p.m. on I-65 near mile marker 233.5 – about 3 ½ miles north of the Fair Oaks exit – when the bike’s rear tire blew out, according to a statement from Indiana State Police.

The blowout caused Dawood to lose control of the bike, police said. The motorcycle came to rest on the outside shoulder while Dawood landed in the lanes of traffic, where he was hit by a semi and run over by several other vehicles. None of the vehicles stopped.

Dawood, of Des Plaines, died at the accident scene.  At the time of the accident he was wearing a motorcycle helmet.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the nwitimes.com article of September 26 titled “Des Plaines man struck, killed after tire on motorcycle blows out on I-65…

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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 Road Hazards Involving Wheel Separation

“Road hazards” are particularly dangerous to motorcyclists, due to the balance that riders need to maintain in order to avoid loss of motorcycle control accidents.   On this site, road hazards and the Illinois motorcycle crashes they have caused are discussed in many posts.

While many types of road hazards involve items that are sitting on the roadway – or hazards presented by flawed roadway surfaces – another types of hazard is when an item falls off of a vehicle and becomes “airborne,” after which it can hit an oncoming vehicle.  One of those types of hazards – that of “flying tires” and “flying wheels” is discussed on the following page:

Road Hazards – Tires And Wheels

An example of such a road hazard, that seriously injured two people in a SUV, was seen in Colorado on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  The accident happened when a tire smashed through the windshield of a SUV that was traveling on Interstate 25.  Two people in the SUV were seriously injured.  The tire was lost from a car traveling on I-25, and the tire bounced into oncoming traffic, at which time it struck the SUV.

This accident is further discussed in the January 12, 2017 koaa.com article (with video and accident scene photo) titled “Loose tire smashes into windshield on I-25” as well as the January 11 CBS Denver article (with accident scene photos) titled “Loose Tire From Crash Smashes Into SUV On I-25.”

A similar type of accident happened on Route 53 in Elk Grove Village in October 14, 2016.  That accident caused a head injury to a driver.

An excerpt from the Daily Herald article of October 14, 2016, titled “Woman injured in crash that stops Route 53 traffic“:

A pickup towing a trailer that was traveling north on Route 53 between Higgins and Biesterfield roads around 6:40 p.m. lost a rear wheel, according to Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village fire officials. The tire crossed into the southbound lanes and hit the woman’s car; she was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center with unspecified injuries. The trailer flipped on its side, blocking the northbound lanes.

The October 15 Arlington Cardinal article (“Woman seriously injured…“) says that the tire “hit a 30-year-old woman in the head.”

The driver of the pickup truck was treated at the accident scene.

As seen in an accident scene photo (such as that seen in the abc7chicago.com article of October 15, titled “1 injured after tire flies off truck, smashes windshield of SUV in northern suburbs“) the damage to the SUV appears to be substantial.

Additional details 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.

Illinois Motorcycle-Deer Collisions

On this site, many types of road hazards facing motorcyclists have been discussed.  Among those road hazards are those posed by collisions with deer.   These collisions have the potential to cause serious accidents and various types of accident injuries.

The hazards presented by deer – as well as tips for avoiding deer – have been discussed on the “Road Hazards – Deer” page.  Additionally, there have been a number of accidents – some fatal – discussed on this site that have involved Illinois motorcyclists who have collided with deer.

Deer can present risk to motorcyclists for many reasons.  Deer can appear – or run across the road – unexpectedly, and often when they run it is in an unpredictable manner.

While this risk can happen at any time, the odds of hitting a deer while riding is higher during certain times of the year, as well as during certain times of the day and night.

The Naperville Patch article of October 21, 2016 (“Oh Deer!  Risk of Hitting Deer While Driving Up From Last Year“) highlights statistics from State Farm regarding the overall frequency of vehicle collisions with deer in Illinois.  Tips for avoiding these types of collisions are also provided.

Additionally, the Forest Preserve of DuPage County provided information on the topic a few years ago.  This information was summarized in the November 2, 2011 post titled “Elevated Risk Of Deer-Vehicle Collisions In Autumn.”

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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.

Road Hazards Causing Motorcycle Accidents

Road hazards are a subject that has been discussed often on this site, as such road hazards are particularly hazardous to motorcyclists.  Road hazards can take many forms, including foreign items that are sitting on the roadway, or items have fallen off of other vehicles.  These various road hazards have caused or contributed to many Illinois motorcycle crashes, some fatal.

One such road hazard is when deer suddenly run into the path of a motorcycle.  Such deer accidents have caused numerous fatal Illinois motorcycle accidents, and are further discussed on the “Road Hazards – Deer” page.

On August 11, 2016, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released findings from a research report titled “The Prevalence Of Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving Road Debris, United States, 2011-2014.”  The report highlights the incidence of accidents caused by road hazards.  While the report only factors in crashes by vehicles including cars, pickup trucks, vans, minivans, and SUVs, the report highlights the extent of road hazards causing accidents, particularly those on highways.

As stated in the report’s Fact Sheet:

Between 2011-2014, road debris was a factor in a total of more than 200,000 police-reported crashes

Resulted in a total of approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths

The Fact Sheet defines road hazards as:

Road debris is defined in the current study as debris from any source, including by not limited to vehicles, that can pose a significant safety hazard (animals in the road, trees that fell onto vehicles, debris caused by a previous crash, and construction-related materials in active work zones were not counted as debris)

Also, the fact sheet mentions that:

About two-thirds of debris-related crashes are the result of items falling from a vehicle due to improper maintenance and unsecured loads.

The report is also discussed in the August 11, 2016 abcnews.com article (with video) titled “New Study Shows Risks of Road Debris in Highway Crashes.”  The video in the article shows a motorcyclist getting into an accident after an item falls from a vehicle, directly into the path of a motorcycle traveling behind the vehicle.  The motorcyclist is ejected from the motorcycle during this accident.

Additional details regarding the hazards caused by road hazards 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.