As we inch ever closer to spring and summer, people’s thoughts are naturally gravitating toward those activities they enjoy the most when the weather turns warm. For some, it’s taking their boat or jet ski out on the water, and for others its hitting the trails with their specialized bicycles.
Still others, however, greet the favorable temperatures by taking their motorcycles out of storage for a spin. In fact, the allure of the open road is so great for some motorcyclists that they don’t even wait until the thermometer consistently hits the 70s and 80s before heading out.
According to law enforcement officials, this reality means that drivers need to start adjusting their habits behind the wheel to account for the presence of motorcyclists right now.
While this means putting away cell phones, adhering to the speed limit and double-checking at intersections, it also means monitoring blind spots, avoiding tailgating and, of course, remembering that motorcycles often appear further away than they actually are.
For those motorcyclists planning to take to the roads and highways sooner than later, law enforcement officials recommend that they take certain steps to protect themselves from negligent motorists, including maintaining a safe following distance, wearing protective (and reflective) body gear and, of course, using a helmet — even though they are not required under Illinois law.
In the event you are injured or do suffer the unimaginable loss of a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by the reckless actions of another, it’s important to remember that you can seek justice in the form of damages for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium, among others.
While no amount of money can ever make up for what happened, it can still provide you and your family with much-needed peace of mind about the future.
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