Motorcycle accidents are a major concern on Illinois roadways. If you are a biker, you probably understand how risky it can be to ride. You are much smaller than other vehicles on the road. This can make you hard to see and can lead to accidents that happen in the blink of an eye. Keeping yourself safe out there has to be a priority. It may help to get some facts and statistics about accidents involving motorcycles so you are aware of the biggest risks.
The Insurance Information Institute notes that Illinois is one of only three states without a helmet law despite research that shows helmets can save lives in motorcycle accidents. In fact, the rate of deaths for motorcyclists in accidents was about 10 times higher in states without helmet laws.
Driver behavior can often lead to accidents. In 2015, 27 percent of those in a fatal crash were not properly licensed. That same year, 27 percent of riders in fatal crashes were drunk drivers. Also, speed was the cause of 33 percent of fatal crashed in 2015.
Age also plays a role with about 54 percent of those killed in 2015 motorcycle accidents being over the age of 40. However, this figure may be misleading. Older riders often are more easily injured and therefore may suffer from more severe injuries that lead to death than younger riders, which may be inflating this figure and not truly representing the actual risks for older riders.
Out of the 4,976 deaths in crashed in 2015, most occurred on weekends from 6-9 PM. The second most riskiest time was weekdays between 3-6 PM. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.