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.

The Danger Posed By “Drugged Drivers” To Illinois Motorcyclists

Many Illinois motorcycle accidents occur because motorists “fail to see” motorcyclists.  On this site, many accidents – some fatal – have been discussed in which an accident has occurred in which the motorist “failed to see” a motorcycle.  Most accidents of this type occur as the motorist is attempting to make a left-hand turn, and does so immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle.  A collision often occurs, and due to the various forces and other factors involved, the motorcyclist (and if applicable, passenger) is often critically injured.  Some of these collisions lead to the death of the motorcyclist.

In cases where the motorist is “drunk driving” it is even more likely that the impairment will make a motorcycle (as well as other road users such as bicyclists or runners) “hard to see.”

Over recent years, there has been a notable increase in drivers who drive while impaired by drug use.  The danger that these drug-impaired drivers (often called “drugged drivers”) pose to motorcyclists is discussed on “The Danger To Motorcyclists Presented By Drugged Drivers” page.

On March 13, 2018, CBS Chicago aired a video segment (with article) titled “Driving While High:  Just How Dangerous Is It?”   The segment discusses various aspects of driver impairment caused by marijuana usage, and how the trends in driver impairment may change if recreational marijuana use is legalized in Illinois.

An excerpt from the article, with regard to drivers who have been impaired by marijuana usage and arrested for DUI in Riverside:

Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said he is seeing more pot DUI’s, adding, “It exploded after medical marijuana was approved.”

Of the 113 DUI arrests in 2017, 20 percent were drugged driving, and almost half of those involved marijuana.

“If we make recreational cannabis in Illinois legal, you’re going to see that 20 percent, in my opinion, jump to 30, 35 percent,” Weitzel said.

Additional details regarding the issue of “drugged drivers” and the traffic safety hazard it poses, particularly to 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.

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.

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.

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.