When it comes to traffic accidents in the Chicago area, not all vehicles face the same risks. While numerous types of transit are legal on local and state roads, the rights of some drivers seem to be ignored by others, placing some at a much higher risk for a car accident or other traffic collision than they should be. The best example of this situation arises when motorcycles are considered: motorcycles are a legal form of transportation in Chicago, a prominently used type of transit across the state of Illinois, and yet far too often, drivers of cars do not look for bikers and place bikers in serious risk for harm.
In 2013, 2,699 motorcyclists were injured in collisions in Illinois and another 152 bikers were killed. There were 3,464 traffic accidents involving motorcycles in that year which makes it clear that the odds of an injury or death resulting are very high when a biker is hit. In more than 50 percent of these accidents, the biker who was hit was traveling straight ahead at the time of the impact and in many cases, that means that another vehicle made a move or turn that led to an impact. While motorcycle accidents accounted for only 1.2 percent of all traffic collisions in 2013, they were responsible for 4.1 percent of the injuries that happened on Illinois roads and a stunning 15.8 percent of all traffic-related fatalities.