With warmer weather finally coming to Illinois, motorcyclists will be out and ready to ride. If you ride to and from work or just like to hit the road on the weekends, safety is key for enjoying your ride. Committing traffic violations while riding your motorcycle can put you and others at physical risk and also can lead to traffic citations and in more serious cases license suspension and criminal charges. If you are facing any charges related to riding your motorcycle or from operating any motor vehicle, it is important to contact an attorney who will fight to protect your rights.
Behaviors to Avoid While Riding
There are countless ways in which you could violate the law while riding your motorcycle. Here are just a few of the most common and the most dangerous:
- Speeding – The most common violation for motorcycles as well as other vehicles is speeding. Speeding can lead to crashes directly through loss of control of the motorcycle or indirectly by causing your motorcycle or other vehicles to swerve out of the way. More serious speeding charges, known as aggravated speeding, can result in Class B or Class A misdemeanor charges if you are caught going 26 miles per hour or higher above the posted speed limit.
- Reckless Driving – There are a variety of violations that can result in being charged with reckless driving, including running a red light or a stop sign, improper lane usage such as weaving between lanes, racing other vehicles including other motorcycles, or texting or using another device while driving. Recklessly operating a motorcycle can lead to Class A misdemeanor charges.
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI) – If you are charged with DUI while operating your motorcycle, you are facing serious consequences to not only your license, but also your freedom. Your license could be suspended, and depending on the severity of the charge and whether you have had prior offenses, you could face stiff fines as well as jail time. You will also have to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed on any vehicle you operate during your license suspension.
It is exciting to be able to ride a motorcycle in nice weather once again. If you get too excited and are facing a traffic citation or traffic charges due to your riding, we will be here to represent you.
Contact a Kane County Traffic Offense Lawyer
If you are facing charges from your conduct on a motorcycle or any other motor vehicle, contact an experienced Elgin traffic violation attorney at The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola. I will use my experience to fight traffic tickets and traffic violations to obtain a favorable result. Call the office today at 847-488-0889 for a free consultation.