Even though Illinois does not have a motorcycle helmet law, helmets can help save your life in the event of an Illinois motorcycle accident. Recently released statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), details the use of motorcycle helmet and found that helmet use increased in 2009.Here are some interesting highlights from the study:
- Helmet use increased overall from 63% in 2008 to 67% in 2009.
- Helmet use in states like Illinois that do not require motorcycle helmets also increased from 50% to 55%.
- Helmet use in rural areas increased to 75% while helmet use in urban areas actually dropped 15 percentage points to 57%.
While helmets have been proven to save countless lives and significantly decrease instances of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in motorcycle accidents, they cannot prevent all head injuries or keep the rest of your body safe during a serious Illinois motorcycle accident.
If you have been seriously or permanently injured in a Chicago motorcycle accident, you may be facing a long road to recovery with extensive medical bills, lost wages, and long-term or permanent medical care.If your accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, your motorcycle’s manufacturer/mechanic, or a defective product, you may be entitled to financial retribution to cover your losses.A Chicago motorcycle accident attorney at the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. will listen to your case and let you know what legal options are available. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – (312) 263-1080.