On May 6, 2015, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a news release titled “Riding Season Here, IDOT Urging Motorists to ‘Start Seeing Motorcycles.’” (pdf)
Notable excerpts include:
National statistics show that approximately three percent of total vehicle registrations are motorcycles, yet motorcycle accidents account for nearly 15 percent of all vehicle fatalities. According to IDOT’s provisional data, there were 928 traffic fatalities in Illinois in 2014. Of those, 118 were motorcyclists.
The awareness campaign also urges motorcyclists to follow the rules of the road and make themselves visible. Motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to wear the proper gear, including high-visibility (Hi Viz) clothing, eye protection, gloves, jackets, pants, boots and a U.S. DOT approved helmet, at all times.
“Any rider, regardless of experience, can become involved in a crash. All riders are encouraged to take the necessary precautions to ensure they are visible to other motorists,” said ISP Lt. Col. Tad Williams. “Riders should always wear the appropriate protective gear, have regular maintenance performed on their motorcycles and take advantage of safety courses.”
Illinois is one of two states that offer free motorcycle training classes to licensed residents. Since the Cycle Rider Safety Training Program started in 1976, almost 400,000 riders throughout Illinois have learned the basics of motorcycle riding or taken advantage of the opportunity to learn more about motorcycle safety. The program has classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders.
Additional details can be seen in the IDOT press release mentioned above, as well as the www.startseeingmotorcycles.org site.
Should you or someone you care for experience a motorcycle accident injury or fatality in Illinois, please contact the Elman Joseph Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the legal situation and to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit should be filed. Elman Joseph 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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