This document, dated September 2011, provides various details and categorizations as to the 131 Illinois motorcyclist deaths in 2010.
While this entire document is informative, here are a few notable excerpts:
- The 131 motorcyclists killed in 2010 represent a 27% increase compared to the 103 motorcyclists killed in 1999.
- Only two of the 131 motorcyclists killed in 2010 wore a DOT-compliant helmet; 19 motorcyclists wore a helmet that was not DOT-compliant. These 21 fatalities constitute 16% of all motorcycle rider fatalities in 2010.
- Generally, the hours of 6:00 p.m. on Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday are deadlier for motorcyclists than other periods of the week. In 2010, 68 (52%) of the 130 fatal crashes involving motorcycles occurred during the weekend.
- 49 (40%) of the 121 motorcycle operators killed in 2010 had been drinking (positive BAC). Their BAC results ranged from 0.01 to 0.33, with the average BAC being 0.14.
- Weather and roadway surface condition are generally not factors in crashes that result in motorcycle fatalities. In 2010, approximately 93% of such crashes occurred in clear weather, on dry pavement.
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