Waukegan Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Waukegan motorcycle riders anxious to spend a day out enjoying the scenery along Lake Michigan should consider taking the Chicago Botanic Garden and 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 twenty and thirty 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, bikers should be aware and drive defensively.
Recent Waukegan Motorcycle Accidents
The Waukegan motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC 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 2020, a motorcyclist from Beach Park lost his life in a motorcycle accident involving a semi-truck that was changing lanes unexpectedly. The Waukegan Police Department indicates that the Freightliner truck driver hit the fifty-eight-year-old motorcycle victim riding on his Harley-Davidson while both were heading northbound. The biker succumbed to his motorcycle accident injuries at the scene.
- 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 in 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 crash 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, semi-truck driver, 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
Some states, including Illinois, have initiated an ignition interlock use to reduce the number of motorcycle fatalities by impaired bikers. This successful tool separates the driving of motorcycles and passenger vehicles from drinking events where motor vehicle operators become impaired. Other states to use interlocks for bikes include Virginia, South Carolina, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Florida, and California.
Statistics maintained by the Illinois State Highway Safety Office, there were 162 motorcycle traffic fatalities in 2017. The number was slightly up from the 154 motorcycle deaths the previous year, at an increase of over 5%. Many survivors of a motor accident injury accident suffer broken bones, spinal cord injuries, TBIs (traumatic brain injuries), amputations, and road rash lacerations.
Hiring Legal Representation for a Waukegan Motorcycle Crash
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC offers 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 motorcycle/auto accident with serious 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. Call our legal team at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a free case evaluation. During your initial consultation, our personal injury attorneys will discuss filing a personal injury claim against an insurance company, postponing your medical bills, and pain for funeral expenses in a wrongful death lawsuit, if applicable.
Contact us now! Our attorneys will evaluate your claim, review the evidence, consider your medical needs, and provide you various options to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer from our law offices for more information on filing a motor accident injury claim, our car accident lawyer profiles, the law office's location in the Chicago area, and submitting a claim in Waukegan.