For many bikers in Illinois, Memorial Day weekend marks the first time they will get back on their bikes since the end of the last bike season. Veterans and novices alike will hit the roads for a ride or poker run, or to gather at a local motorcycle event.With an increase of bikers on our Illinois roads there is also an increased risk of motorcycle accidents. There are several reasons why you could be involved in an Illinois motorcycle accident, including both driver error and errors by other drivers, but there are some common causes you should be aware of.The following is a list of the 5 most common types of motorcycle accidents:
- Motorists who do not see motorcycles in heavy traffic;
- Motorists who do not see motorcycles at night;
- Hazardous road conditions;
- Speeding or driving recklessly; and
- Rider inexperience.
In addition to the dangers of sharing the road with larger vehicles at night and on congested roads, other circumstances involving motorists also commonly result in serious or fatal Illinois motorcycle accidents, such as:
- Motorists who do not see motorcycles changing lanes;
- Motorists who do not see motorcycles entering the road from driveways; and
- Motorists who do not see motorcycles when making turns or U-turns.
Then, there are also issues with the bike itself that may lead to a single-vehicle collision (when a biker loses control of their bike), these include:
- Defective motorcycle parts;
- Mechanical errors or structural or design flaws
- Errors due to faulty repairs; or
- Improper maintenance.
If your motorcycle accident occurred due to a defective part on your bike or because a mechanic made a critical error while working on your motorcycle, the manufacturer or mechanic may be liable for your Illinois motorcycle accident injuries and expenses.To learn more about the compensation that may be available to you after a serious or fatal Illinois motorcycle accident, contact the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C – (312) 263-1080. Our Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys will aggressively pursue the full amount of compensation you are entitled to. Schedule your free case evaluation today!