If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident due to another’s negligence, contact Willens Law Offices because insurance companies often want to reach a quick settlement at an amount that suits their bottom line.
Not many people are brave enough to take their bikes out during Chicago’s cold winter months, but as soon as the weather begins to warm up, riders like to get out on their motorcycles. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle riders are 35 times more likely to become victims of fatal accidents compared to drivers of passenger vehicles. In view of this statistic, our Chicago motorcycle accident attorney’s would like to help drivers of both motorcycles and other vehicles understand the most common factors that lead to motorcycle accidents. This may help prevent future motorcycle accidents, injuries and deaths.
- Speeding – According to available statistics, about 40% of motorcycle accidents are caused by speeding. While most people ride motorcycles for the fun and thrill of speed, it has been shown that exceeding the posted limits can increase the risk of a fatal accident by over 100%.
- Stopping distance and maneuverability – In many cases, drivers of other vehicles overestimate or misjudge the ability of motorcycle to get out of their way. While motorcycles are definitely more maneuverable than cars, and have a shorter stopping distance, they have a large disadvantage in icy, windy and rainy conditions. So, it is important for other drivers to give motorcycles ample space for maneuverability and easy braking.
- Turn signals – Many motorcycles do not have turn signals that automatically turn off. A lot of newer riders, and even some experienced ones, forget to turn them off and this confuses the other drivers around them. When driving a car, one must be attentive and make efforts to understand whether the turn signal is purposeful or not. Also, if the bike does not have turn signals, it is important to know the correct hand signals and use them.
- Brake lights that are not easily visible – For motorcycles, this is particularly dangerous as riders often reduce their speed just by down-shifting or letting off the throttle. This does not turn on the brake light. So, it is important for other drivers to be ready to slow down when driving behind a motorcycle, even without a visual warning.
- DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is among the most common factors that cause motorcycle accidents. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 30% of all motorcycle accident deaths involve riders with BAC that is above legally permissible limits. While riding a bike, balancing is crucial and use of alcohol or drugs can seriously impede the rider’s abilities and increase the risk of a fatal crash.
These are just some of the factors that can increase the likelihood of a motorcycle accident. There are various other factors that can increase the risk, so it is important to be cautious at all times, ride safely and follow all traffic regulations.
Contact a Chicago Motorcycle Accident Attorney
When it comes to motorcycles, we know that no matter how careful you are, you cannot control the choices of truck and car operators. After a motorcycle accident, insurance companies may want to work out a quick settlement that makes sense for their bottom line. They will not take your specific needs into consideration.
We suggest you call us for a free consultation with a lawyer at 312-957-4166 or fill out our online contact form.