98.4% of All Fatal Motorcycle Crash Victims in Illinois Weren’t Wearing Helmets
Motorcyclists in Illinois have the freedom to ride their motorcycles with or without helmets. In fact, Illinois is one of only three U.S. states which place no restrictions on motorcyclists regarding helmet usage. However, just because you’re allowed to go helmetless on your motorcycle doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea.To illustrate this point, let’s look at 2010 Illinois motorcycle crash statistics as compiled by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
- Motorcyclists make up between 3% and 4% of all motorists – but about 14% of all fatal crash victims involved motorcycles.
- Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes occurred during the weekend.
- About 57% of all motorcycle crash victims who died were over the age of 40.
- 40% of all fatal motorcycle crash involved alcohol.
- Only 11% of motorcycle operators who died in a crash were not properly licensed to operate a motorcycle.
- 77% of all fatal motorcycle crashes happened somewhere other than Cook County.
- Only 7% of all fatal motorcycle crashes occurred on wet pavement or in inclement weather.
- 90% of all motorcycle crash victims who died were male.
- Finally: 98.4% of all fatal motorcycle crash victims were not wearing a DOT-compliant helmet.
Countless studies have shown that helmets can drastically lower the chances of concussions, severe traumatic brain injuries, and deaths in motorcycle crashs. However, helmets can’t protect the rest of your body in a motorcycle crash. So the most important aspect of enjoying motorcycle riding is to drive smart and stay safe.
If you have been victimized in a motorcycle crash which was caused by the recklessness or negligence of someone else, it’s important to call an experienced motorcycle crash attorney as soon as possible.