A motorcyclist increases their chances of dying or suffering a life-changing brain injury when they refuse to wear a helmet.

A motorcyclist increases their chances of dying or suffering a life-changing brain injury when they refuse to wear a helmet.


Lake County, IL- Summer is underway, so that means more motorcyclists on the road and greater potential for major motorcycle accidents. Riding a bike may be a thrill, but bikers are at a clear disadvantage if an accident occurs. Motorcyclists are at an even greater disadvantage if they refuse to wear a helmet as a recent Lake County accident demonstrates.
The accident took place on June, two on Route 12 near Palatine around 5:45 a.m. The Daily Herald reports that a 49-year-old man riding a motorcycle ran into a center concrete median and lost control. Lake County Sheriff’s Detective Chris Covelli told the paper that the man fell over and struck his head on the pavement. He was not wearing a helmet.
The man suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
No other vehicles were involved.
USAttorneys wanted to discuss some of the dangers of riding a motorcycle without a helmet and how that bad habit could affect your injury claim in Lake County, Illinois.
Motorcyclists should speak with an accident lawyer in Lake County if they need to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit.

Motorcyclists should speak with an accident lawyer in Lake County if they need to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit.


Illinois is one of the few states that don’t require helmets for riders, but the freedom to ditch the helmet comes with a price. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that a motorcyclist is 26 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury in an accident than a motorist. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety says, “In states without an all-rider helmet law 59% of the motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets, as opposed to only 8% in states with all-rider helmet laws in 2013.”
Not only is it deadly to ride without a helmet, but it is also injurious. Ride Smart reports that 30 percent of motorcycle accident victims suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI). At worst, a TBI can be debilitating and alter a rider’s life permanently. If fortunate, they may have an almost complete recovery, but there’s no guarantee.
Not only does a motorcyclist run the risk of suffering a major injury by not wearing a helmet, but they also jeopardize their ability to recover fair compensation if they are injured. The at-fault party can argue under Illinois’ comparative negligence law, that a motorcyclist is partly to blame for their injuries because they failed to wear a helmet. That is why victims of motorcycle accidents need to have an accident attorney in Lake County working on their case.
(For a list of helmet laws throughout the U.S. visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.)
If you are the victim of a motorcycle collision or a car accident, we recommend you contact an accident lawyer in Illinois to help you with your case and ensure you recover the compensation you need. Let USAttorneys connect you with a lawyer to discuss your accident and how to recover the settlement amount you deserve.
USAttorneys will help you find a personal injury attorney to work on your claim.

USAttorneys will help you find a personal injury attorney to work on your claim.

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