Our Illinois personal injury attorneys were sad to hear about an Illinois motorcycle accident, which left one passenger dead and two others seriously injured. The motorcycle accident occurred this past weekend when one motorcycle attempted to make a u-turn and struck another motorcycle that was heading in the other direction. The drivers of both motorcycles were injured, and the passenger of the motorcycle suffered serious brain injuries. According to the State Journal-Register, none of the riders were wearing helmets at the time of the motorcycle accident and the young woman that died as a result of her injuries suffered severe head injuries after she was thrown of the motorcycle during the accident.
Our Chicago brain injury attorneys strongly encourage all motorcycle drivers and riders to always wear a helmet whenever they are on a motorcycle. Given the danger of severe head injuries in a motorcycle accident, the importance of wearing a helmet is very high, and wearing a helmet will hopefully keep tragedies like this from occurring again. Though the state of Illinois unfortunately does not require helmets when driving or riding on a motorcycle, it is something that each motorcycle driver or passenger should definitely choose to do themselves anytime they get on a motorcycle. While you or a loved one may feel that you are very safe on a motorcycle and will not get into an accident and therefore do not need a helmet, it is important to realize that not everyone else out there on the road may be as careful, cautious, and skilled of a driver and could cause an accident that you may be unable to avoid.
Unfortunately, the overall usage of helmets has been decreasing greatly in recent years and a 2010 study showed that only 54% of drivers and passengers wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. This incredibly low percentage of helmet usage even includes those states where wearing a helmet is required to ride a motorcycle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as of 2010 only 20 states and the District of Columbia required helmets on motorcyclists. It is upsetting that so many states do not require helmets, because helmets can offer so much protection when a person is thrown off of a motorcycle and can protect against traumatic brain injuries and even against fatalities.
So even if the law does not require it and you feel that you are a safe motorcycle driver, please remember that others may cause an accident and that a helmet can make the difference between life and death. If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury as a result of another driver’s negligence and feel that you may have a case against that person, please do not hesitate to contact our Chicago personal injury lawyers today to discuss what has happened to you or your loved one and what options may be available to you.