Q

I am an experienced rider and have never been in a motorcycle accident in Machesney Park. Why should I wear a helmet?

A

There is no helmet statute in Illinois—riders are free to ride without a helmet. However, there is no doubt that wearing a helmet is a smart choice. As experienced Machesney Park motorcycle accident attorneys at The Fisk & Monteleone Law Firm, we regularly work with accident victims who have suffered severe head injuries. Many have permanent brain damage that will affect them for the rest of their lives. Research shows that helmets reduce the risk of head and neck injuries. Following are some helmet facts you may not know:

A head or neck injury occurs in one out of five motorcycle crashes.

  • Head and neck injuries account for the most serious motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities.
  • Most crashes occur on short trips—only a few minutes from where the rider started.
  • Most crashes occur when the motorcycle rider is going less than 30 miles per hour. At that speed, a helmet cuts the number of head injuries as well as the severity in half.
  • At any speed, a rider wearing a helmet is three times more likely to survive a head injury than a rider who is not wearing a helmet.

These facts, published by the Illinois Department of Transportation, clearly show that helmets save lives and reduce the severity of head and neck injuries. However, even if you are wearing a helmet, you cannot control the actions of the other drivers. If you have been seriously injured in a Machesney Park motorcycle accident due to the careless behavior of another driver, you need an experienced Machesney Park motorcycle accident lawyer on your side. Compassionate, skilled, and driven to help our clients, the attorneys at The Fisk & Monteleone Law Firm will take the time to understand your situation, answer your questions, and help you decide what to do next—all during a free case evaluation. Contact us today at 888-716-7336 to schedule your complimentary appointment.