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Will County traffic violations attorneysMay is National Motorcycle Awareness Month. Motorcycles share the road with much larger vehicles, and they can be more difficult to see due and also more vulnerable in a crash due to their smaller size and lack of protection. Motorcycle accidents can lead to serious injuries and even fatalities, especially to the person operating the motorcycle. That is why it is important for all motorists to be aware of other vehicles when traveling, whether it is a rural or urban street. Motorcycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers. This also means they must obey all traffic laws, signs, and signals just like other motorists. If you are a motorcycle rider, it is important to understand the traffic laws that pertain to you to avoid violating them as well as causing a collision. In some situations, a traffic violation can even lead to criminal charges. 

Illinois Motorcycle Laws

It is not uncommon to see motorcycles weaving in between cars that are stopped in traffic or proceeding slowly in construction zones. However, this practice—known as “lane splitting”—is not allowed in Illinois. Motorcycle drivers are prohibited from passing between two other vehicles going in the same direction unless there is an open traffic lane to permit passing safely. 

Illinois is one of the few states that does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets. Eye protection such as goggles or glasses is required unless a windscreen is installed on the bike.

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Will County motorcycle accident attorneyIt is no secret that riding a motorcycle is extremely dangerous and could result in permanent or fatal injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,172 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in 2017. While driving a motorcycle is dangerous regardless of the situation, there are some preventative safety measures that can be taken to better protect yourself while riding on the roads.

What Can I Do Before Getting on my Motorcycle?

Driving a motorcycle requires different skills than operating your average car does. Motorcycle licenses are required in addition to a typical automobile driver’s license. One should spend ample time practicing in a controlled space before heading to busier roads. Inexperienced drivers can be the most dangerous.

Like any vehicle, motorcycles must be checked to ensure that everything is in proper working order. Many do not self-check their cars after taking them to the mechanic for a routine checkup. Motorcycle drivers should be taking additional measures. The NHTSA suggests checking the tire pressure and tread depth, hand and foot brakes, headlights and signal indicators, and fluid levels before riding your motorcycle.

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