Motorcycles are vastly smaller than cars and many people have never driven or ridden on them before. This can lead to the incorrect assumption that the motorcycle doesn't need the whole lane. The reality is that motorcycles absolutely deserve the entire lane and drivers must treat them the same way they'd treat another car or truck.
The spring is commonly known as one of the most dangerous times for motorcycle riders. Drivers often forget about sharing the road with smaller bikes, having not done so during the Illinois winter, and it can lead to accidents when drivers forget to watch for motorcycles. Below are a few tips that can help you ride safely in Illinois.
Nine months ago, a man from Red Bud, Illinois, had to mourn his daughter's death when a car accident tragically took her life. His family now finds themselves in a similar situation all over again, as he was recently killed in a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle fatalities have been trending downward on a national level. Between the years 2013 and 2014, the statistics saw a 2 percent dip. This isn't a huge change, but it is moving in the right direction.
July may simply be the best time to head out on the open road. Of course, June and August are prime time for motorcycling, too, but there's just something about the heat and the light in July that make riding feel like freedom.
It's a common excuse, but it isn't a good one: drivers of cars and trucks say they just didn't see the motorcyclists they hit and injured. Motorcyclists in Illinois and across the country campaign every year to try to raise awareness about sharing the road with riders, but the reality is that motorcyclists still face serious risks, especially when drivers of larger vehicles fail to see smaller vehicles on the road.
As summer begins to heat up, more people are taking to the streets and highways on their motorcycles. Riding a motorcycle is a great way to enjoy the warm weather, but safety experts are warning everyone to stay extra vigilant, particularly over upcoming weeks. In the beginning of the summer season, many drivers are not yet in the habit of looking for people on motorcycles and this inattention can lead to serious, even deadly, motor vehicle accidents.
Even with the protection of a helmet, there may be a risk of spinal cord injury arising from a motorcycle accident. A motorcyclist struck by another driver's negligence can be thrown from the bike, and the fall may result in serious injury.