Once the weather warms up, motorcyclists begin hitting the roads in Illinois. After a long winter, they enjoy being able to cruise freely under the warm sun. For drivers, this means being more vigilant and watching out for them. It also means an uptick in accidents. When a motorcycle is involved in an accident, the chances are fairly high that seriously injuries will occur.
It is almost summertime in Illinois, which means it might be time for you to bust out that motorcycle and hit the open road. As enjoyable as it can be to cruise around your city streets and feel the wind on your face, remember that you have very little protection as a motorcycle rider. If you are to collide with a car or truck, you will likely find yourself on the losing end.
There is no question that driving a motorcycle can be dangerous. Not only is there essentially no protective barrier between you and the road, motorcycles lack certain safety devices that cars are equipped with, such as seat belts and air bags. It is not a surprise that people who are involved in motorcycle accidents often get seriously injured or killed as a result of the impact. Yet, who is at fault for the majority of car accidents?
One of the most controversial topics when it comes to motorcyclists is lane-splitting. The practice may be on its way to legalization in many states. While there are some areas that merely do not have a law allowing or preventing this move, there are others that strictly prohibit it. The LA Times details why this attitude is changing and how it could happen in more states.
The weather has been unseasonably warm here in Illinois, and that makes it awfully tempting to get on your motorcycle and go for a ride to enjoy it. But before you don your chaps and strap on the helmet, there are a few things you can do to ensure safe riding.