Waukegan motorcycle riders anxious to spend a day out enjoying the scenery along Lake Michigan should consider taking the Chicago Botanic Garden/Sheridan Road motorcycle route. The 11-mile trek begins at Interstate 94 and Lake Cook Road just north of the Chicago Botanic Gardens traveling east toward the lake. Just blocks before the shoreline, the road leisurely turns southward on Sheridan Road past Northwestern University and over Wilmette Harbor and Grosse Point Lighthouse where it ends at the Francis Willard House Museum.
Most of the route takes the biker and passengers through the lakeshore suburban neighborhoods surrounded by impressive homes, green parks, and lush trees. With only a few traffic lights and stop signs, the curving roadway makes the adventure fun at a slow urban speed limit between 25 and 30 miles an hour throughout.
The scenic motorcycle route offers a valuable and stress-free alternative to traveling down Interstate 94. However, the roads can be congested during rush-hour commutes. Because of that, biker should be aware and drive defensively.
Recent Waukegan Motorcycle Accidents
The Waukegan motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers remind bikers of the intrinsic dangers of riding in the Chicagoland area during daylight and nighttime hours. Many motorcycle accidents in the Chicago Metropolitan area claim the lives of their victims when passenger vehicle motorists, truckers and other bikers on the roadway drive inappropriately or while distracted.
In July 2014, a 23-year-old motorcycle rider from Chicago lost his life after being struck by a vehicle pulling out of a driveway in Waukegan. The incident occurred on the 3500 block of Sunset Avenue during mid-afternoon. The lone 32-year-old occupant in the automobile was backing her vehicle into oncoming traffic. As a result, she was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way. The biker was wearing a helmet during the accident but was pronounced dead at the accident scene.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
According to statistics maintained by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), the most common causes of motorcycle accidents involve:
- The failure of another driver to detect, see or recognize bikers moving in traffic.
- A motorist in another vehicle is causing a collision because they spotted the motorcyclists too late to prevent the crash.
- Distracted driving by a motorcyclist, trucker or motorist driving a passenger vehicle.
- Operating the motorcycle or another vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- The motorcycle is leaving the roadway.
- A head-on collision with a truck or passenger vehicle.
- Other vehicles or the motorcycle running traffic control lights or signs.
- A motorcycle is slipping or sliding down to the roadway causing skids and crashes.
- Operating the vehicle at excessive speed.
- Lack of sufficient training to operate the bike safely and adequately.
Hiring Legal Representation For A Waukegan Motorcycle Crash
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers offer a free legal consultation to victims of motorcycle accidents in Illinois. If you, or a loved one, have suffered severe injuries in a Waukegan motorcycle collision, our team of legal experts can help you get your life financially back on track. We are committed to fighting aggressively on your behalf to negotiate fair financial compensation or take your lawsuit to trial. Our law firm will file a claim or lawsuit against every individual or entity at fault for causing your accident with injuries.
We accept all motorcycle injury cases on contingency, meaning you do not need to pay anything upfront. Our legal fees are only paid after we resolve your case successfully. We encourage you to call our legal team at (888) 424-5757 today. Our attorneys will evaluate your claim, review the evidence, consider your medical needs and provide you various options to help you obtain the recompense you deserve.