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Chicago-area drivers need be on the lookout for motorcycles

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2023 | motor vehicle accidents

Especially during the warmer weather, drivers in the Chicago area must be on the lookout for motorcyclists.

Because they are smaller than full-sized vehicles, motorcycles are difficult to spot. It also can be difficult to judge the motorcycle’s speed and distance because of the bike’s smaller size.

This is just one reason why it is so important for drivers to take the necessary steps that keep everyone, motorcyclists and non-motorcyclists alike, safe while on the roads.

  • Drivers should pay attention to the road at all times.
  • They should avoid texting and driving and other distractions.
  • They should avoid driving while under the influence or too tired.
  • They should follow all traffic laws, including the speed limit.
  • They should slow down for dangerous weather or road conditions.
  • It is especially dangerous to try to cross in front of a motorcycle at an intersection. Drivers should avoid doing so.

Furthermore, it is also important for Illinois drivers to recognize that motorcycles work differently from cars.

For example, because of obstacles on the road, a motorcyclist may have to swerve unexpectedly even where a car could just run over the object.

Also, motorcyclists may avoid braking. They will downshift instead, which means their bikes will slow down with no visible warning, such as a brake light.

These are reasons why, in addition to common driver courtesy, motorists should take extra care around motorcycles and give them plenty of space.

Victims of motorcycle accidents may be entitled to compensation

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often leave victims with serious injuries.

Even when everyone on the motorcycle was wearing a helmet, after a collision with a car, a motorcyclist or passenger may suffer broken bones, serious soft tissue injuries or even more severe trauma.

Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries are frequently the result of a motorcycle accident.

Victims of motorcycle accidents and their families may be legally entitled to compensation if another driver’s inattentiveness or negligence caused the accident.