Illinois Motorcycle Accident Fatalities For 2010 – Statistics & Categorizations

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has published a document in its startseeingmotorcycles.org site titled “2010 Motorcycle Fatalities – Quick Facts.” (pdf)

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.
The document also highlights in what counties motorcycle accidents most frequently occurred, as well as lists the primary reasons attributed to causing motorcycle accidents.

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