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Articles Posted in Motorcycle Accidents

Records compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that driver distraction is a significant factor in traffic crashes resulting in injury or death. The use of a cell phone while driving can increase the chances of becoming involved in a crash by 400 percent.

On January 1, 2010, two new traffic laws take effect in Illinois.

The first traffic law restricts drivers under the age of 19 (with an instruction permit or graduated license) from using a wireless or cellular phone while driving. This law law also prohibits the use of wireless telephones for all drivers, regardless of age, while operating a vehicle in a school zone or construction zone.

The Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety (IDOT/DTS) is offering free driver training classes for motorcycle operators. The Cycle Rider Safety Training Program (CRSTP) was initiated in 1976 in an effort to reduce injuries and deaths in accidents involving motorcyclists.

The training program is free to any Illinois resident 16 years of age or older who holds a valid automobile or motorcycle driver’s license or permit. The program is designed to help motorcyclists increase their skills and learn how to avoid crashes. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, research shows that over 90% of motorcycle riders involved in crashes were self-taught or learned from family or friends. In addition, the number of licensed motorcyle riders in Illinois continues to increase. This means there are more inexperienced riders on the highways, and these riders may lack the skills and judgment to avoid crashes.

The Illinois Cycle Rider Safety Training Program (CRSTP) offers courses for beginner, intermediate and experienced riders. If you are a new motorcyclist or want to brush up on your motorcycle riding skills, please consider enrolling in one of these courses.

An Aurora woman has been accused of wrongful death and a suit has been filed against her after a motorcycle accident near Elburn on July 28th. Two motorcyclists were killed in the chain-reaction accident.

Alia Bernard, 24, has been accused of negligence in the death of Denise Thomas, 45. Thomas’ husband, Wade Thomas, was also killed in the accident. The Thomas’ were taking part in a Saturday morning ride with twenty other cyclists.

Apparently, Bernard rear-ended the Honda-Civic in front of her which was stopped at a light and waiting to turn left. The collision caused the Honda-Civic to be forced into the oncoming cycle traffic and the Thomas’ were unable to stop before hitting the Civic.

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