Rider Safety Stressed In “Start Seeing Motorcycles” Campaign

Motorcycle rider safety continues to be a primary traffic safety issue. As seen in many statistics there remains a high number of crashes that led to serious injuries and fatalities. As seen in Illinois motorcycle crashes – many of which are summarized on this site – there are various ways in which motorcycle crashes can occur. While many of these accidents are caused by another party, such as a motorist, some are due to actions of the motorcyclist.

On May 6, 2021 the Illinois Department of Transportation issued a media release titled “Gov. Pritzker Urges Illinois to ‘Start Seeing Motorcycles’.” This media release highlighted statistics regarding Illinois motorcycle accidents and provides rider safety tips.

Notable excerpts include:

The Start Seeing Motorcycles campaign is important because while motorcyclists represent only 3 percent of total vehicle registrations in Illinois, they account for 14 percent of traffic fatalities. There were 1,010 traffic fatalities in Illinois in 2019, – 137 were motorcyclists, and in 2020, there were 1,193 traffic fatalities – 153 were motorcyclists, an increase of 16 from 2019. (2020 data is provisional as of May 4, 2021)

There are tips provided both for motorists as well as motorcycle riders. Among the tips for motorcyclists are the following:

  • Wear DOT-compliant gear with bright colors and retro-reflective strips or decals, over-the-ankle boots, gloves, a protective jacket, pants and a properly fitted helmet with face shield or protective eyewear.
  • Get regular maintenance and take advantage of IDOT’s free motorcycle safety courses. Visit startseeingmotorcycles.org for more information.
  • Give yourself space and time to react. Allow space for emergency braking and for avoiding a crash. Make lane changes gradually and expect the unexpected.
  • Ride Sober. Motorcycle riding, alcohol and cannabis don’t mix. They slow your reaction time, affect your balance, coordination and vision, and may increase your risk of crashing.

Motorcycle riding while impaired by alcohol (i.e. drunk driving) has been a leading cause of motorcycle accidents for many decades.

On this site, many reasons for motorcycle accidents are discussed on the “Reasons For Illinois Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities” page. The page also discusses the steps – both medical and legal – that should be pursued if one is hurt in an accident.


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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