Illinois State Police have stated that on the evening of Friday, April 17, a male motorcyclist was killed in a car accident near the west side of suburban Burr Ridge, Illinois, on Interstate 55. The accident involved two vehicles and one motorcycle. The motorcyclist was killed while one driver was taken to the hospital with injuries.
Illinois motorcyclists are part of a growing trend as interest in this form of transportation becomes more popular across the country. More than 8 million motorcycles were in active use in the nation during 2012. However, safety is an important concern connected with motorcycle use. A motorcyclist is much more vulnerable in an accident than an occupant of a closed automobile. Visibility is one of many major concerns related to the safety of motorcyclists.
Illinois residents may benefit from learning more about motorcycle statistics, as described by the U.S. Department of Transportation. During 2012, there were 141 motorcycle riders killed in Illinois. Approximately 35 percent of the motorcycle riders killed registered a blood alcohol content that exceeded .08 percent while 44 percent exceeded .01 percent. More than 4,600 motorcycle deaths occurred nationwide during 2012, and 29 percent involved a motorcyclist with a blood alcohol content exceeding .08 percent.
Statistics available from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that the number of motorcycle accidents in the state of Illinois has increased slightly. Motorcycle accidents can cause excruciating injuries and even result in death. One man involved in a motorcycle accident suffered numerous fractures and a partially collapsed lung. In this incident, a man turned his vehicle in front of the motorcycle.
A weekend motorcycle fatality, in Illinois, highlights an issue that A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) has been trying to address for several years. An ABATE spokesman says that he tells bikers to drive as though they are invisible.
A Trivoli woman is facing charges following a fatal accident. The motorcycle accident occurred just before 10 a.m. on a Saturday morning in May. The woman was travelling southbound in a Chevrolet SUV on Kingston Mines Road. She came to a stop at the intersection of U.S. Route 24. The motorcyclist was riding behind a westbound car on Route 24.