Ride Safer On Illinois Highways
More than 350,000 motorcyclists are licensed in Illinois.* Motorcycle safety should be a priority for every single one of them — and for the cars and trucks that often pose a threat to their safety. Understanding and observing safe riding techniques is critical for avoiding accidents.
Even if you adhere to every safe-riding rule in the book, accidents can still happen. Unfortunately, you can’t control other drivers, and motorists are frequently at fault in causing motorcycle accidents.
At the personal injury firm of Kujawski & Associates LLC, our lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims and their families.
We have successfully obtained multimillion-dollar results for personal injury victims. We will apply that same level of diligence and care to your case.
Safe Riding Practices
The Illinois Department of Transportation allows motorcyclists the option to take a safety course instead of passing exams as part of the process to obtain a class L or M license. Whether you have logged a hundred miles on your motorcycle or hundreds of thousands, staying refreshed on safe-riding practices is critical for reducing your chances of being in a serious or life-threatening motorcycle crash.
Our lawyers strive to reduce the incidence of motorcycle accidents by promoting awareness of safe riding practices. These include:
- Avoid lane-splitting, filtering forward and the door-opening zone of parked case. Lane splitting is illegal in Illinois.
- Don’t linger in blind spots and avoid riding directly alongside other vehicles whenever possible.
- Anticipate potential hazards and take proactive steps to avoid them. Intersections, heavy traffic, passing and sudden stops can all lead to a greater likelihood of accidents.
- Wear proper gear to protect yourself from the elements and make yourself more visible.
- Make sure your motorcycle is equipped with functioning headlights, brake lights, signal lights, mirrors and other equipment to help you see other drivers and to help them see you. Illinois requires headlights during the daytime as well as after dark.
- Practice proper braking techniques by using both brakes whenever stopping or slowing, particularly in an emergency.
- Know how to react in an emergency. If an accident is imminent, slow down by braking with both hands. Depending on the situation, you may need to swerve and brake either before or after swerving.
- When riding in groups, maintain a staggered formation and don’t ride directly alongside another bike.
- Understand the common causes of motorcycle crashes and how to avoid them.
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If you were involved in a motorcycle accident or lost a loved one, contact us for dedicated legal representation. Our office is conveniently located in the O’Fallon/Belleville area, and our attorneys handle personal injury cases throughout the area.
*Source: Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual (October 2013)