Illinois is one of the few states without a motorcycle helmet law. This means that motorcycle riders throughout the State are not required to wear a helmet while riding regardless of age. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 130 riders died as a result of crashes involving motorcycles in 2009. Those 130 people who lost their lives represent over 14% of all motor vehicle fatalities in the State. However, motorcycles account for only about 3% of all registered motor vehicles in Illinois. The Department of Transportation also reported that 82% of riders killed were NOT wearing a helmet.
Nevertheless, under the laws of the State of Illinois, motorcyclists still have a choice as to whether or not to wear a helmet. Making the decision to wear a helmet may save a riders life.
To speak to an experienced motorcycle accident attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, dial 866-264-7639 for a free consultation.
© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.