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6 Common Misconceptions about Motorcycle Accidents

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shutterstock_396233590Motorcycle riding is a favorite pastime among many Illinois residents. While it is enjoyable, it can also be dangerous when certain safety precautions are disregarded. The following are six common misconceptions regarding the causes of motorcycle accidents.

  1. Motorcyclists wear leather to appear cool. The truth is most motorcyclists do not wear leather to make a fashion statement. Since leather is a strong and durable material, it can protect them from wind and road rash. It can withstand more abrasion than human skin before it tears, stretches, and conforms to the shape of the body.
  2. There is no reason for motorcyclists to wear helmets. Contrary to popular belief, helmets do protect motorcyclists and can be the difference between surviving and losing a life motorcycle accident. Helmets reduce the risk of head injuries, make it easier for motorcyclists to see, and protect motorcyclists from road debris and weather elements.
  3. Motorists always notice motorcyclists. Motorcyclists should never assume that other motorists can see them. They should make it a priority to stay out of the blind spots of other vehicles, wear bright clothing, practice defensive driving, and keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road.
  4. Motorcyclists are always at fault for accidents. Due to their perception as reckless or dangerous, many people believe motorcyclists are always at fault for accidents. This is not always the case as sometimes a crash is the result of a motorist not seeing the motorcyclist. Slick roads, potholes, and road debris can also contribute to motorcycle accidents.
  5. Streets are safer than freeways for motorcyclists. Some people believe that it is more dangerous for motorcyclists to ride on a freeway because they will be riding at a higher speed. Although an accident at a higher speed does raise injury risk, motorcyclists are actually more likely to get into an accident while on city streets. City streets feature intersections where motorists often fail to see motorcyclists. Additionally, streets with slower speeds are far more challenging to maneuver for motorcyclists and other drivers.
  6. It is legal for motorcyclists to split lanes in Illinois. California is the only state that permits lane splitting. It is illegal for Illinois motorcyclists to engage in lane splitting.

Contact Our Experienced Will County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

At the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C., we understand how devastating motorcycle accidents can be and provide our clients with highly skilled legal representation. If you are a motorcyclist or another driver who has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you should consult our Will County personal injury lawyers at 815-666-1285 for a free consultation.


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