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What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Illinois?

Motorcycle accidents are tragically common and often result in severe injuries or fatalities. At Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd., we understand the devastating impact these accidents can have on victims and their families. The thrill of riding a motorcycle comes with inherent risks, not least because riders lack the protective barriers that cars provide. There are many factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents. Our attorneys meticulously consider these factors when constructing your injury claim, aiming to secure the compensation you deserve.


One of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents in Illinois is speeding. The allure of open roads can sometimes lead to excessive speeds that significantly reduce motorcycle riders’ reaction times. When other vehicles on the road also exceed speed limits, the risk of a high-impact collision with a motorcycle increases, often resulting in catastrophic injuries for the rider.

Distracted Driving

The modern era of smartphones and in-car entertainment systems has seen a rise in distracted driving incidents. Motorcycles, with their smaller profiles, are particularly vulnerable to drivers who aren’t fully attentive to the road. A momentary lapse in concentration can lead to a driver failing to notice a motorcycle, with potentially fatal consequences.

Impaired Driving

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs remains a major cause of motorcycle accidents. Impairment affects a driver’s reaction time, judgment and overall ability to safely operate a vehicle. For motorcyclists, encountering an impaired driver can be especially dangerous due to their exposure and vulnerability on the road.

Hazardous Road Conditions

Illinois roadways are not always in good condition. Potholes, uneven pavement, loose gravel and other hazards pose significant risks to motorcyclists. Unlike larger vehicles, motorcycles can easily lose control when encountering such obstacles, leading to serious accidents. In some cases, liability may extend to the entities responsible for maintaining safe road conditions.

Mechanical Issues

A well-maintained motorcycle can be the difference between a safe ride and a disastrous accident. Mechanical failures, whether due to improper maintenance or defective parts, can cause a rider to lose control. At Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd., we investigate these factors thoroughly to determine liability and pursue claims against those responsible for the oversight.

Poor Visibility

Motorcycles are less visible on the road compared to cars and trucks, especially during adverse weather conditions or at night. Limited visibility is a common factor in motorcycle accidents, as drivers may not see a motorcycle until it is too late to avoid a collision. Motorcyclists can mitigate this risk by wearing reflective gear, but the onus is also on other drivers to remain vigilant.

Our Attorneys Are Here to Help

At Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd., we have dedicated over 75 years to representing victims of motorcycle accidents in Illinois. Our understanding of the common causes of these accidents allows us to build strong cases for our clients, ensuring they receive the compensation they need to recover from their injuries. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s crucial to seek legal representation that understands the complexities of these cases. Contact us today to discuss your case and learn how we can help you navigate the path to recovery. Our team of experienced attorneys is committed to fighting for your rights and securing the justice you deserve.

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