Illinois Motorcycle Safety Issues

Today (May 3, 2016) the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a media release titled “Gov. Rauner Urges Illinois to ‘Start Seeing Motorcycles.’” (pdf)

A couple of excerpts from this release:

All riders are urged to take precautions to ensure they are visible to other motorists by wearing the appropriate protective gear, getting regular maintenance checks and taking advantage of IDOT’s motorcycle safety courses. All other motorists should be checking and rechecking for motorcycles in their immediate vicinity. A motorcycle can easily be hidden behind a car or truck, so it is particularly important to check mirrors and blind spots before merging or changing lanes.


“Motorcycle riders have limited protection and can be seriously injured during a traffic crash. Riders should always wear the appropriate protective gear, have regular maintenance performed on their motorcycles and take advantage of safety courses,” said Illinois State Police Col. Tad Williams. “Be conscious of what’s ahead. Look for other vehicles, potholes, wet roads and other potential hazards. Remember, don’t ride beyond your capabilities. Doing so leaves no margin for error.”

Also cited in the press release is the following statistic:

Although motorcycles represent about three percent of total vehicle registrations in Illinois, they account for almost 15 percent of all traffic fatalities. There were 998 traffic fatalities in Illinois in 2015, according to preliminary IDOT data. Of those, 146 were motorcyclists, an increase of 28 from the previous year.

Additional details can be seen in the IDOT press release mentioned above, as well as article of May 3, 2016 titled “Rauner urges Illinois to ‘Start Seeing Motorcycles.’

As well, past posts on this site regarding motorcycle safety can be found under the “Motorcycle Rider Safety” category, as well as on various pages, including “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues.”


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