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How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Increase Roadway Safety

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Will County motorcycle accident attorney Now that the cold winter has finally ended, more and more motorcyclists will be coming out to enjoy the warmer climate. Since the roads must be shared by motorcyclists and other drivers, motorcycle accidents can inevitably happen. These collisions can occur because of negligence or ignorance by either party involved. Motorcyclists are not always at fault when accidents occur, and a driver’s failure to see a motorcycle is often a factor in motorcycle accidents. A primary reason motorcyclists are involved in accidents is because motorists are unaware of what a motorcyclist can and cannot do on the road. Another is that drivers often become distracted - whether from using a cell phone, eating, smoking, or another reason - when they should be focusing on the road ahead of them. Like motorists, motorcyclists have laws that they have to abide by. In Illinois, motorcyclists are expected to:

  • Not lane split
  • Have mirrors on the front of their vehicle
  • Use a muffler
  • Wear protective eye gear
  • Be visible by wearing proper clothing and using a front headlight
  • Signal properly with brake lights and position within a lane
  • Be prepared and alert to all surroundings

As a Motorist, How Can I Help Keep Motorcyclists Safe?

Everyone who uses the road is expected to be vigilant of their surroundings. Motorists should take extra care when sharing the road with motorcycles. Some helpful tips to avoid collisions with motorcycles include:

  • Always check twice: If you are turning left onto a road, check once for traffic and again to make sure there are not any motorcycles coming. Often, motorcycles can be hidden behind other vehicles, so it pays to take a turn slowly.
  • Check your blind spot: When you are changing lanes, check your mirrors, but also glance over your shoulder to make sure there is not a motorcycle in your blind spot.
  • Give them extra room: Illinois law says to stay at least a full car length behind another vehicle to avoid fender benders. For motorcyclists, a vehicle should stay even farther back, since motorcycles are able to brake more quickly than cars.
  • Think ahead: Now that the weather is nicer, drivers are likely to experience an influx of motorcyclists on the road. If you are prepared for how to drive around motorcycles, you will not be surprised when you come across them.

As a Motorcyclist, What Can I Do to Avoid a Collision?

According to the 2018 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, a motorcyclist can avoid an accident in three ways:

  • Making quick stops
  • Swerving or turning quickly
  • Cornering

In Illinois, motorcyclists are also expected to be more careful when driving on uneven or slippery surfaces. This includes the use of both brakes on the motorcycle, proper signaling with an indicator, and driving more slowly.

Contact a Joliet Personal Injury Attorney

Even when taking these safety measures, accidents can happen. If you are a motorist or motorcyclist who has been involved in an accident, the Will County motorcycle accident lawyers of Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. can help you. Call our office at 815-666-1285 to schedule your free consultation. Sources:

  • http://driving-tests.org/illinois/illinois-motorcycle-manual/
  • http://americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/State-Laws-Database/state/il
  • http://drive-safely.net/motorcycle-safety-tips
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