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.
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.)
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