Chicago Crash Shows Risks for Riders in Motorcycle Accidents

Chicago Crash Shows Risks for Riders in Motorcycle Accidents

A motorcycle accident in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood left one man dead and two others injured on July 1, 2017, according to a report from ABC 7 News Chicago. Around 11:25 p.m., a passenger vehicle that was traveling north Kedzie Avenue made a left hand maneuver to turn onto Madison Street. As the car proceeded west after the turn, it was hit by a motorcycle on the right side. The motorcycle spun out, killing a 28-year-old man that was riding as a passenger. The motorcycle operator was injured and transported to Stroger Hospital, where she was listed in serious condition. The incident demonstrates how motorcycle accidents present unique risks, so you should consult with an experienced attorney right away if you’ve been injured in a crash.

Construction and Design of Motorcycles

Due to their two-wheeled construction, motorcycles are less stable than their counterparts on the road. Balance is a significant factor when the rider brakes, makes a turn, or swerves to avoid an unexpected hazard. In addition, the operator is at greater risk of injury because he or she isn’t protected by a metal shell or a seat belt, like the driver of a car.

Visibility Issues for Motorcycle Riders

The smaller, narrower profile of a motorcycle may lead other motorists to overlook the vehicle on the road or through a mirror. The lack of visibility is of particular concern at intersections where many vehicle and traffic patterns congregate. Plus, motorcycles are easily hidden by other objects or cars, so a driver may not be aware that a rider is nearby.

Road Conditions as a Factor

Though they may not have much impact on passenger vehicles and trucks, road conditions can affect the maneuverability of a motorcycle. Debris and uneven surfaces are a concern for motorcyclists who are also trying to navigate traffic. A pot hole which might cause a jolt inside a car can actually lead a motorcycle to flip and toss the rider. Weather can also create hazards, including wet, slippery roadways.

Operator Skill Level

All of the above challenges that motorcycle riders face require the operator to have an advanced skill level, beyond what would be necessary for a person to drive a car. The two-wheeled construction necessitates balance, while road conditions and visibility issues require vigilance. Special licenses and training are required to legally operate a motorcycle, but practice is also critical.

Talk to a Skilled Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle crashes are all too common in Chicago, and injured victims face an uphill battle to return to health. Expenses for medical treatment and recovery add up, and you may be out of work for some time due to your injuries. Fortunately, you do have options to recover compensation from the party whose negligent driving led to your motorcycle accident. The motorcycle accident lawyers at Michael T. Friedman & Associates can assist you in pursuing the responsible party for compensation, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Please contact our office for more information or to schedule a case assessment.