High-Speed Motorcycle Riding Incident In St. Charles, Illinois

High-speed motorcycle riding often occurs in Illinois.  This high-speed riding appears to be among the most common forms of high-risk riding.  Other high-risk actions include doing “wheelies” and other types of stunt riding.  Various types of high-risk riding is further discussed on the “High-Risk Motorcyclist Actions” page.

Riding at excessive speeds is especially hazardous as it can lead to a loss of motorcycle control, which often results in a crash.  As seen in the motorcycle accidents discussed on this site, a high-speed crash often leads to life-threatening injuries that can result in a fatality.

The Daily Herald article of June 22, 2018 titled “1-year motorcycle ban for St. Charles man in 143 mph chase posted on YouTube” discusses a July 2017 incident in St. Charles in which a motorcyclist was arrested after eluding police.  The motorcyclist at one point was said to be riding 143 mph on Randall Road.

An excerpt from the article:

A 24-year-old man who was arrested after posting a YouTube video showing him going 143 mph on his motorcycle while evading St. Charles police, pleaded guilty Friday to a reduced charge and was sentenced to a form of probation and banned from riding for a year.

Brian A. Bianco, of the 36W600 block of Oak Road near St. Charles, was arrested in July 2017 and charged with three felony counts of fleeing and eluding police, along with a misdemeanor charge of disobeying a police officer.

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On Friday, Kane County prosecutors dismissed the most severe charges in exchange for Bianco pleading guilty to reckless driving, a misdemeanor, court records show.

Additional information concerning high-speed motorcycle riding 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 Safety Factors And Ways To Avoid Crashes

Motorcyclist safety continues to be a concern, given the number of Illinois motorcycle accidents that annually occur.  As seen in statistics provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation, in the year 2017 there were 162 motorcycle accident fatalities.  In addition to fatal motorcycle accidents, there are many motorcycle accidents that have led to serious injuries, including those that have caused various types of permanent impairments and disabilities.  There are a broad range of injuries that can cause these impairments and disabilities.  Among the most serious type of injuries that can result from a motorcycle crash is a head injury.  While such head injuries vary in severity and health impact, any significant blow to the head has the potential to have serious health consequences and they can be life-threatening in nature.

The NewsTribune published a May 10, 2018 concerning motorcyclist safety, titled “Motorcycle crashes are down, fatalities aren’t.”  The article discusses various aspects of motorcycle rider safety, and features insights from both the Illinois Department of Transportation as well as ABATE.  Illinois motorcycle accident statistics, both nonfatal and fatal, since the year 2004 are shown.

Among the topics discussed in the article are the dangers posed by distracted drivers and motorcycle riding while intoxicated.  Another topic is motorist awareness of motorcycles, which is impacted by the seasonal nature of Illinois motorcycle riding.  Additional details can be seen in the article.

On this site, there are extensive discussions regarding motorcyclist safety.  Among the discussions on how to avoid motorcycle accidents are the “Ways To Avoid Motorcycle Accidents And Injuries” as well as the “High Risk Motorcyclist Actions” pages.

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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 Rider Safety Issues – Various Aspects

Motorcycle rider safety has been discussed often on this site.

The May 3, 2018 fox2now.com article (with video) titled “Authorities warn drivers to be aware of motorcyclists hitting the road” discusses various aspects of safety for the motorcyclist, as well as mention statistics.

An excerpt:

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, a time to remind all motorists to pay attention.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, a rider himself, said 162 motorcyclists died in crashes in Illinois last year.

“Motorcycles are not easy to see,” Rauner said. “They don’t have the size or mass of cars and trucks, so please be aware, cautious, and careful.”

Another factor with regard to motorcycle rider safety that is mentioned in the article:

As spring hits, it is usually the most dangerous time for motorcyclists because people haven’t seen bikes out on the road since winter began.

There are many reasons why early-season motorcycle travel can be more dangerous than that done later in the riding season.  Various reasons are discussed on the “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues” page.

Additional details regarding these motorcycle rider safety 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.

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.