Understanding Chicago Motorcycle Accidents through Statistics
Motorcycle accidents in Chicago lead to thousands of injuries and numerous fatalities every year. Each year, 70,000 to 80,000 people are injured in motorcycle accidents across the US. Additionally, somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 people are killed in motorcycle accidents each year. These statistics are not meant to frighten, but to shed light on the need for more safety procedures and laws surrounding motorcycles.
Among traffic accidents, motorcycle collisions are more likely to produce injuries and even turn fatal than several other types of collisions, even though the account for a relatively small portion of all crashes. In 2012, the Illinois Department of Transportation (“IDOT”) reported that only 1.5 percent of all collisions involved motorcycles.
Even those who do not ride motorcycles can be involved in a motorcycle accident while they are driving or riding in a car, truck, bus, or van. Other statistics involving motorcycle accidents as recorded by IDOT for 2012 include the following:
- Though only 1.5 percent of all accidents involved motorcycles, motorcycle collisions were responsible for 5.0 percent of all traffic-related injuries and 16.7 of all traffic fatalities in Illinois, highlighting the disproportionate effects these accidents have;
- There were 4,231 motorcycle accidents across the state;
- 3,312 motorcyclists were injured in 3,036 traffic-related collisions;
- 148 people on motorcycles were killed in accidents;
- In addition to those bikers killed, two people who were not on motorcycles were killed in motorcycle collisions;
- The most common type of road for a biker to be injured or killed was upon a city road or street. In these accidents, 1,378 bikers were injured and 50 were killed;
- An additional 666 riders were injured on county and local roads and 46 bikers were killed;
- Bikers aged 45 years and older were the most likely to be injured or killed in a crash;
- No children aged 9 or younger were hurt in a motorcycle accident;
- Of the motorcycle operators who were killed in collisions, 127 were tested for the presence of alcohol and 46.5 percent of them had at least a trace amount of alcohol present;
- There were 356,446 registered motorcycles in the State of Illinois;
- At 1,603 accidents, approximately half of all collisions involved a single motorcycle. The remaining 1,495 collisions involved two or more vehicles including at least one motorcycle;
- Unlike many motor vehicle collisions, the majority of motorcycle-related crashes, 2,258, occurred when a bike was traveling straight ahead;
Liability for a Chicago Motorcycle Accident
When a motorcycle collision occurs, it is often due to a mistake, negligence, or reckless conduct on the part of one or more motorist involved. In some cases, a biker may be to blame but in many cases, it may be another behind the wheel of a larger vehicle.
Regardless of who is to blame, the victims of a motorcycle accident may be entitled to relief under Illinois law. As the facts and circumstances surrounding each collision vary, it is important to understand the legal options that may result from a crash in which you were involved.
A responsible driver or the owner of an at-fault vehicle may be held legally and civilly liable for any injuries that result from a motorcycle accident. Whether they are medical bills, surgical expenses, lost wages, or even payment for pain and suffering, the individual or individuals responsible for the crash can be held liable for fair and adequate payment. In the event that a corporation employed an at-fault driver, that company can also be held liable.
Options for Relief after Chicago Motorcycle Accidents
The legal team at Abels & Annes, P.C. is comprised of professionals who dedicate their practice to the representation of those who have been harmed by the actions of others. We have successfully represented numerous victims of motorcycle collisions and we are standing by now to help you understand your legal rights if you have been involved in a crash.
Call Abels & Annes toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO (529-2442) or locally at (312) 924-7575 and let us provide you with a free, no obligation telephone consultation regarding your accident and your legal options. If you would prefer, feel free to fill out our online contact form.