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.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2014, there were 118 motorcyclists killed in accidents in the state. These fatalities represented 13.7 percent of all vehicle accident fatalities, but motorcycle accidents only made up 1.2 percent of all accidents. In addition, 2,693 people were injured in such accidents. This is a clear indicator of the risks of a motorcycle being involved in a crash and how severe it can be. Most injuries and deaths occurred to riders who were 45 or older. Those between the ages of 25 and 34 were the next group to be most likely to experience injuries or death.
While those figures take a look at only the state, national figures do not paint a better picture. The Insurance Information Institute reported that in 2015, there was an increase in motorcycle accident fatalities in the nation from 2014’s number of 4,594 to 4,976. In 2015, the total number of injuries in such accidents was 88,000. As with the state figures, the number of fatalities for motorcycle accidents made of a smaller number of overall accidents at 14 percent but a larger number of fatalities at 17 percent. Based on the state and national figures, there is no doubt that roadways continue to be dangerous for motorcycles.