Motorcyclists and their passengers face increased dangers while navigating Illinois roads, and car accidents involving motorcyclists are more likely to result in serious injury or death than accidents involving only cars or trucks. According to a local news report, a woman who was riding as a passenger on a motorcycle is dead following a head-on collision with a truck on a roadway in Perry County. It is noted in the report that the driver of the truck was making an illegal pass on a blind curve when he struck the Harley Davidson motorcycle. The impact threw both the operator of the motorcycle and the passenger from the bike, seriously injuring the operator and leaving the passenger dead at the scene.
Negligent drivers pose an extraordinary threat to motorcyclists. Drivers of cars, trucks, and commercial vehicles have a legal duty to pay attention to the road and take care not to endanger anybody else on the road, and they can be held accountable for negligence in the event of a crash. Motorcycles are more difficult to see on the road and may not be riding on areas of the road where other drivers expect to see a vehicle, and collisions between motorcyclists and other vehicles can be catastrophic.
Of course, Illinois motorcyclists and their passengers should always wear a helmet and other protective gear to protect themselves in the event of an accident. However, there is no law in Illinois that requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet. Moreover, negligent drivers who injure or kill a motorcyclist in a crash can be held accountable for all a victim’s damages caused by the crash, regardless of whether the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.