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Motorcycle safety classes are available to Illinois residents

Illinois is often best seen from behind handlebars. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the lower Mississippi River Valley, the Land of Lincoln hosts thousands of motorcyclists, bicyclists and other who prefer two wheels over four.

Traffic delays and a lack of excitement are never an issue for bikers. Safety is often the primary concern for people on motorcycles. Bikes are more difficult to see than most other vehicles, especially at dawn or dusk, and even a minor collision can result in serious injury, permanent disability or even death to a motorcycle driver or passenger.

Although the safety of the roads is the responsibility of all drivers in Illinois, motorcyclists owe it to themselves to be as safe as possible and learn how to ride defensively. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) authorized a free motorcycle rider training class to be available to all state residents above the age of 16 and in possession of a motorcycle driving license.

One college in northern Illinois offers this course at 16 sites, educating hundreds of riders over the last few years. Three different levels of expertise means there is something to learn for riders of all experience. There are no passing exams and instructors keep a low-pressure atmosphere for students.

In the unfortunate possibility of a motorcycle accident that causes injury or damage, victims may have a civil lawsuit for financial damages covering medical expenses, lost wages during recovery and other costs. Legal representation may help victims and their families prepare an effective case and advise throughout the process of filing a claim.

Source: Daily Herald, "Free safety training benefits all levels of riders," Scott Mochinski, March 30, 2018

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