When we hear about reckless or negligent drivers, we often assume that the drivers being referred to committed willful acts that resulted in harm or injury to another person. Acts of negligence are not always committed on purpose and many drivers may not be paying attention to their actions and the possible consequences that may result from them. Many motorcycle accidents are the fault of a driver who failed to check a blind spot, rode too close to the motorcycle or simply failed to look when changing lanes or making a turn.
Downtown Chicago Distractions Not An Excuse For Drivers Not Taking The Time To Keep A Proper Lookout For Motorcyclists
Illinois law is very clear in regard to drivers who operate vehicles while distracted or drowsy. There has been a crackdown recently on drivers who send text messages while driving, but the definition of distracted driving may also include being involved in a highly engaging phone call while driving, eating and driving at the same time or arguing with a passenger.
It is in these moments that it is easy for the driver to fail to look for someone on a moped, scooter or other two wheeled vehicle and an accident may result from failure to pay attention to the road or making a lane change without giving the cyclist enough room. If a distracted driver is involved in an accident, that driver is liable for damages, including the cost of hospitalization and medical care.
Aggressive Driving: Drivers Can Not Take Out Their Frustration On Motorcyclists
Many acts of negligence are the result of impatience and aggression on the road. The acts that follow not only increase the risk of an accident, but may cause incidents of road rage when both parties escalate the aggressive behavior.
- Following a vehicle too closely
- Honking the horn repeatedly
- Yelling and/or using obscene hand gestures
- The repeated flashing of one’s headlights, which may distract the other driver and cause an accident
- Coming to a sudden and quick stop in front of someone who is following too closely
Too many accidents are the result of drivers cutting off motorcyclists, riding too closely or slamming the brakes in order to scare or intimidate the cyclist. Most of these acts are not done with the intent to cause an accident, but are intended to make a point to the other person on the road. Teaching a lesson using a motor vehicle is reckless and ignorant, however and anyone who causes an accident by driving aggressively will be held liable for any damage done to the other’s property and any costs for emergency care and recovery.
Nighttime Motorcycle Riding In Chicago: A Dangerous Time For Motorcyclists To Be On The Road
If a driver fails to pay enough attention to his or her blind spots or does not see a motorcyclist in an adjacent lane, the driver could cause an accident that he or she will be liable for. In this case, the negligence was not the result of an intentional act, but if a driver causes an accident by failing to see the motorcyclist, he or she is still at fault. Some accidents can be prevented if cyclists wear reflective clothing and avoid dark colors in order to increase their chances of being seen at night. It is still the duty of the driver to see the motorcyclist, however and not the motorcyclist’s duty to be seen.
Legal Advocates for Victims of Motorcyclists Struck by Negligent Drivers In Illinois
Chicago Injury Center has knowledge and experience when dealing with motorcycle injury cases that involve driver negligence. If you have been involved in an accident, you need a motorcycle attorney who can evaluate your case and let you know exactly what you can expect and how to proceed. Throughout Illinois, we are the trusted law firm to collect as much in damages for you as you are entitled to for your injury. Our consultations are free and confidential and we will never charge a fee for our services unless we collect money on your behalf.