Common Motorcycle Injuries
In Illinois, it is not mandatory for motorcyclists to wear helmets. Therefore,
many motorcycle accident-related injuries involve brain trauma.
Other common motorcycle injuries include:
- Loss of limbs
- Back and neck injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Joint injuries
Primary Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents typically occur because drivers and other motorists
simply do not see motorcyclists while traveling. While motorcyclists need
to practice safety on the road, responsibility in accidents does not rest
entirely on them. In order to receive restitution for injuries caused
by a motorcycle accident, the injured party must properly establish that
the driver of the other vehicle was at fault or negligent.
Examples of negligent behavior that can prove the other drive was at fault include:
- A driver failing to keep a proper lookout for motorcyclists
- A driver operating their vehicle while under the influence
- A driver improperly measuring the speed or distance of the motorcyclist
- A driver failing to follow streetlights, stop signs, or other traffic controls
- A driver who was speeding
- A driver failing to properly yield to a motorcyclist
Illinois Motorcycle Accident FAQ
Our expert personal injury lawyers answer some of the most common questions
regarding motorcycle accidents and motorcycle laws in the state of Illinois.
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What is Illinois' Motorcycle Helmet Law?
While Illinois does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets while riding,
they do require riders to wear goggles or glasses if their motorcycle
does not have a windshield. While you are not required to wear a helmet,
it's important to remember in the event of an accident a helmet can drastically
reduce the severity of the injuries you may suffer, and may in turn help
place the fault for the accident squarely on the motorist responsible,
rather than sharing the fault between the driver and the motorist.
How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Illinois?
Illinois motorcycle accident statistics reported by the
Illinois Department of Transportation show that in 2017 motorcycle accidents accounted for 15.4% of all fatal
motor vehicle crashes in the state. Motorcycle accidents also accounted
for 3.5% of injury crashes. In total there were over 2,500 motorcyclists
injured in 2017, and 160 deaths. The most common age bracket for both
injuries and deaths were ages 45 or older.
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