According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, (IDOT), there have been 100 fatalities from motorcycle accidents in Illinois as of September 2020. When motorcyclists get into accidents, they are more at risk for suffering fatal injuries because they are more exposed to the force of the blow than an occupant in a car would be.
Looking back to 2018, which has the most recent crash data for the state from the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were around 3,000 motorcycle wrecks and over 2,000 motorcyclists injured in those crashes. From 2016 to 2017, IDOT reported the same percent of motor vehicle accidents for motorcycle accidents, which was 1.1 percent. In 2018, though, that percentage fell to less than 1 percent.
Consistently over the years, the age group involved in motorcycle accidents and injured is motorcyclists 45 years of age and older, with over 800 injured. The next highest group is ages 25 to 34 with over 500 injured. Those age groups are also the two highest for serious injuries and fatalities.
While it might seem like motorcycle accidents are more dangerous in a rural setting versus an urban setting, the state’s injury, serious injury, and death totals show that both settings produce the same amount of danger for motorcyclists. The number of injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents in cities is higher than in rural areas by a couple hundred, but the number of serious injuries and deaths is only higher in cities by about five.
In 2018, there were 119 motorcyclists killed in accidents, which shows that the state’s amount of motorcycle fatalities this year alone is seems to be on an upward trend from the statewide numbers in previous years. Let’s take a look at some of the injuries that motorcyclists sustain from accidents to better understand why these wrecks can become fatal so easily.
Common Motorcycle Wreck Injuries
With hundreds of motorcycle accidents happening in Chicago every year, it’s important to know the different injuries that motorcyclists can suffer if they are struck or if they lose control of their bike. Here are some of the injuries, both mild and severe, that motorcyclists can sustain from an accident:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Road rash
- Sprains and Strains
- Broken bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Riding a motorcycle through city streets can be just as dangerous as riding on the highway or open, rural roads. Since motorcyclists are more likely to suffer from serious or fatal injuries in a wreck, it’s important for motorcyclists to remain vigilant and utilize all the safety equipment they can. When another motorist is not paying attention, they can miss a motorcyclist in their vision and cause an accident that injures or even kills the motorcycle rider.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Illinois that you feel you were not at fault for, you may have legal options. Contact Krzak Rundio Gorman, Injury Attorneys for a free, no obligation consultation to learn more about those options and how we may be able to help.