Chicagoland Law Tigers Urge Drivers to Start Seeing Motorcycles!!!
With temperatures rising in the Chicagoland area, more motorcycles and scooters are on the road, and the Chicagoland Law Tigers are urging automobile drivers to START SEEING MOTORCYCLE!!! According to the latest data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 103,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2007, up from 88,000 in 2006. In most cases, it’s not their fault!!!
Because of a motorcyclist’s size in relation to a car, many drivers fail to see motorcycles. Like all accidents, a number of different factors can be at large. Many times, however, accidents involving motorcycles are the fault of the automobile driver. Tim Kelly, a member of the American Association of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers and the Chicagoland Law Tigers affiliate office, sees this all too often. Kelly anticipates that, “as more and more motorcycles join drivers on the road, we could see a significant increase in serious accidents and/or deaths. Drivers must learn to respect motorcyclists and share the road.”
To Kelly, a Harley Davidson Night Train owner and motorcycle enthusiast, concern for fellow riders is a given. “We want to make people aware. We talk to injured riders on a daily basis. Law Tigers fight for riders after they’ve been hit, but we feel the best way to help riders is to try to do anything to prevent these crashes,” says Kelly.
They offer automobile drivers some recommendations that might save a life of a motorcyclist:
•Be aware when making left turns: Most motorcycle accidents occur at intersections, watch for motorcycle riders when making a left turn.
•Cell phones: Be aware that cell phone usage can distract from driving properly and pose a threat to everyone’s safety on the road.
•Blind spots: check blind spots at all times, as motorcyclists are often out of view when cars attempt to make lane changes.
•Weather: When the road is wet or icy, it makes it more difficult for motorcycles to brake and handle their bike, be respectful and give them some space.
•Obscured visibility: Large vehicles such as buses, trucks and vans can make a motorcyclist appear out of no where. Be aware of the driver’s view from the vehicle.
•Strong winds: Be prepared at all times for a strong gust of wind that can move a motorcyclist unexpectedly into a different lane. This is something that they can sometimes not control.
•Road Conditions: Potholes, obstructions and other items in the street aren’t always a serious concern for drivers, but can cause serious concerns to motorcyclists and may require lane changes or a decrease in speed. Give them as much or more room as a car may need.
•Parked Vehicles: Look for motorcyclists before you open a door, and tell other passengers to do the same.
“Most non-riders have no idea of the time and money that motorcyclists donate to helping others in their communities. The Law Tigers are dedicated to supporting them. It’s the least we can do when there’s so much out there working against riders. We want to level the playing field. We want to support our own,” said Kelly.
In 2007 the Law Tigers represented more than 700 clients nationwide, many accidents caused by the above factors. For more information about riding safe or to order the Law Tigers Free Biker Benefit Card, see the Law Tigers website at www.lawtigers.com. If you would like to get help with an incident or injury, or have questions and wish to speak with an attorney, please call the 24-hour line at 888-LAW-TIGERS.