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Do you know the leading cause of motorcycle accidents in Illinois? The Bloomington motorcycle accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham have helped hundreds of motorcyclists get fair compensation after a crash, and we’ve heard hundreds of drivers say, “I didn’t see the motorcyclist.”

The truth is motorcycles are small. They are harder to see than cars and are easily hidden by other vehicles. Drivers need to make an effort to watch for motorcyclists, especially when changing lanes, entering a road or making left turns.

We created our “Watch for Motorcycles” campaign because drivers need to be reminded that there are motorcyclists on the road. But a sticker isn’t enough. Here are ten things every driver should know about Illinois motorcycle crashes.

  1. More than one half of Illinois car-motorcycle accidents occur when the car driver enters the motorcycle rider’s right-of-way.
  2. Motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as any other driver on the road.
  3. Because motorcycles are small, they appear to be further away than they really are. Always assume a motorcycle is closer than it looks.
  4. Because motorcycles are small, they appear to be moving more slowly than their actual speed. Always assume a motorcycle is moving faster than it appears to be.
  5. Always look for motorcycles before changing lanes or turning at an intersection. Remember a motorcycle can be hidden behind another vehicle.
  6. Motorcyclists don’t always use brakes (and brake lights) to slow down. Keep three to four seconds of following distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle.
  7. Give a motorcyclist with a passenger extra space. A passenger changes the way a bike is balanced, so it takes longer to stop.
  8. Motorcycle turn signals are usually not self-canceling. Don’t assume the rider is turning.
  9. Never try to share a lane with a motorcycle. A motorcyclist needs room to maneuver around obstacles such as leaves, potholes, grates, and road debris.
  10. Turn on your signal early to show your intention to turn or change lanes.

Drivers who are aware of motorcyclists are less likely to be involved in Illinois motorcycle crashes. To get your free “Watch for Motorcycles” sticker, click on the link on this page. To contact Hupy and Abraham, call 866-532-4800.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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