Summertime is when a lot of motorcycle enthusiasts take to the roads since the weather is warmer. Motorcyclists are also sharing the road with cars and trucks, and the potential for accidents can be high due to increased speeds. Statistics show approximately 5,000 people are killed in motorcycle crashes in the United States each year. A motorcycle accident can cause serious injuries such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), fractures, paralysis, just to name a few. These injuries can have devastating consequences that impact someone’s day-to-day life, so it is important to take safety precautions whenever possible.

Common Types of Motorcycle Injuries

A traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death when it comes to motorcycle accidents. Since a person driving or riding on a motorcycle is not as protected as a passenger in a car or truck, the potential for significant injury is more likely. Other kinds of injuries include but are not limited to the following:

  • Facial injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Thoracic injuries
  • Skin abrasions
  • Broken bones
  • Emotional trauma

Safety First on a Motorcycle

One of the easiest ways for a motorcyclist to prevent a head injury is to wear a helmet. Wearing bright or reflective clothing increases a motorcyclist’s visibility to other motorists on the road. It is also important to make sure all turn signals, headlights, and brake lights are in working order. Below are some of the precautions that should always be taken before getting on a motorcycle:

  • Wear a helmet with protective eyewear or a face shield
  • Wear reflective clothing/outerwear
  • Follow traffic and road rules
  • Ride defensively
  • Be alert and awake
  • Drive sober

Contact a Bloomingdale Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

A lot of people travel in the summer so there are often many vehicles sharing the roads and highways, including cars and motorcycles. In the unfortunate event you are injured as a result of a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The Law Offices of David W. Clark, P.C. have extensive knowledge of the law for seeking damages due to injuries suffered in any type of vehicle accident. Call one of our DuPage County vehicle accident attorneys at 630-665-5678 for a free consultation.

Sources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3217482/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2018/05/03/motorcycle-deaths-down-but-still-28-times-more-frequent-than-other-fatal-crashes/#3ba912845a05

https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/safety-topics/motorcycle-safety

David Clark

David W. Clark is the founder and owner of the Law Offices of David W. Clark, P.C., in Wheaton, Illinois. As a sole practitioner in the firm, Mr. Clark has extensive knowledge in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation, and limited scope…

David W. Clark is the founder and owner of the Law Offices of David W. Clark, P.C., in Wheaton, Illinois. As a sole practitioner in the firm, Mr. Clark has extensive knowledge in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation, and limited scope representation/pro se help. With more than 20 years of legal experience devoted to personal injury law and those who have been injured in the workplace, Mr. Clark is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Illinois, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.