Riding a motorcycle presents far greater risks than driving or riding in a passenger car. A motorcycle is less visible than a car and exposes its rider to significant environmental hazards and road risks. Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries such as fractures, burns, brain injury, road rash, or even death.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle deaths have increased nine straight years with 4,810 deaths in 2006, an increase from 4,576 deaths in 2005. In Illinois, motorcycles have become increasingly popular in recent years. The number of motorcycles registered in Illinois has risen from 207,689 in 2000 to 287,892 in 2006. Only about 4 percent of registered vehicle owners in Illinois have motorcycles, but they account for 10 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT). In 2004, 12 percent of all people killed on Illinois roadways were motorcycle riders.
Whether riding a sport bike, touring bike, cruiser, or dirt bike, a motorcycle rider is vulnerable to the negligence or carelessness of other drivers, repair shops, and even manufacturers for defects in design or assembly. While the driver or passenger of an automobile often escapes injury, a motorcycle rider may not be so fortunate. Serious injuries arising out of motorcycle accidents often require lengthy rehabilitation, medical expenses, and lost time from work. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to damages for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, lost wages, and/or loss of earning capacity.
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