Spring has arrived in Northern Illinois, which means that the individuals and families throughout the region will be spending more time outside enjoying the warmer weather. For many, springtime also marks the beginning of another year of motorcycle riding. With that in mind, rider safety groups and state officials throughout Illinois are urging riders to protect themselves and to keep the road safer for those around them. It is the responsibility of every rider, driver, and pedestrian to do what they can to prevent motorcycle accidents and the injuries that often result.
Making a Difference
Every year hundreds of deaths are caused by motorcycle accidents in the state of Illinois. In fact, motorcycle-related deaths comprise more than 15 percent of all vehicle fatalities in the state. Tragically, many of these accidents can be prevented by following a few simple safety procedures:
- Wear bright, visible clothing, or a safety vest over darker clothes;
- Flash brake lights when slowing and stopping;
- Use turn signals, including hand signals when preparing to turn;
- Be careful to stay out of other vehicles’ blind spots when stopped at intersections or when passing;
- Maintain a safe following distance of at least two seconds in dry conditions, and a minimum of five seconds in poor weather.
Motorcyclists should also perform a simple pre-ride inspection before every trip to ensure all turn signals and lights are working properly. You should also ensure that your motorcycle is always properly maintained. Regular oil changes, fluid checks, and proper tire inflation can be helpful in maintaining full control of your motorcycle while riding.
Be Aware and Stay Safe
Of course, the most important thing you can do is pay attention to your surroundings. Though other drivers need to be aware of motorcyclists on the road, your safety is first and foremost your responsibility. It pays to be hyper-vigilant and aware of the vehicles around you to ensure that you are safe. If it has been awhile since your last ride, it may be worth checking into a motorcycle safety refresher course offered in your area.
Unfortunately, not every driver is always as careful as he or she should be regarding motorcycles on the road. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a motorcycle-related accident, the at-fault party may be liable for your injuries. Contact an experienced Kane County personal injury attorney at Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur, P.C. to learn more about your options. Call 630-907-0909 for a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team today.