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dupage county motorcycle accident lawyerNow that we have celebrated Memorial Day and are speeding toward Independence Day, it is safe to say that summer is coming into full swing. This time of year is the perfect time to pull your motorcycle out of storage and take it for a ride, however this fun pastime does not come without its own dangers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were around 84,000 people who were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2019, with slightly more than 5,000 more fatalities. Motorcycle accident injuries are often severe and can affect your life in many ways, which is why seeking legal help after an accident can be beneficial.

Motorcycle Accident Causes

Motorcycle accidents can become very serious very quickly. The NHTSA states that motorcyclists were 29 times more likely than occupants of passenger vehicles to die in a motor vehicle crash. There are various reasons why motorcyclists can get into a vehicle accident. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs - One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is one or more vehicle operators being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The NHTSA reports that 29 percent of motorcycle riders killed in traffic accidents in 2019 had a BAC of 0.08 percent or more. Being under the influence while you are operating a motorcycle can be extremely dangerous, as riding a motorcycle requires the ability to make split-second decisions and have swift reflexes. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are also at increased risk of serious injury or death when struck by a drunk driver.


Motorcycles usually face more risks in an auto accident than any other motorist on the road. Since motorcycles are smaller and expose riders to the elements, a crash can be devastating and life-changing.

There are ways that motorcyclists can protect themselves on the road, though some of those protections can spark a huge debate.

Helmets can be a controversial issue among motorcyclists. Some arguments state that laws requiring helmets infringe on an individual's personal rights, whereas others state that helmet use can significantly reduce the chance of a head injury in the event of an accident.

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