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Protect Yourself with Proper Motorcycle Gear

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With the warmer weather, you may want to dust off your motorcycle for a nice summer ride. But did you know that most motorcycle accidents happen on short trips of five miles or less? Additionally, most accidents happen with the motorcycle traveling slower than 30 miles per hour. In addition to riding safely, remember to dress safely. Wearing the proper motorcycle gear can protect you and your passengers from potential significant injury if an accident occurs. So, let us review what you should wear to stay safe on the roads.

Motorcycle Helmets

Motorcycle helmets are one of the most obvious ways to protect yourself while on a motorcycle. In Wisconsin, both passengers and riders 17 years or younger must wear a helmet on any motorcycle with an engine greater than 50ccs or on motorcycles capable of exceeding 30mph. And even though there is no mandated helmet law in Illinois, you should still always wear a helmet when riding on your motorcycle. Whether you wear a full-face helmet, or a three-quarter helmet is up to your own personal preferences. Whichever helmet you choose, you should check for a few things:

  1. Make sure the helmet meets U.S. Department of Transportation and state safety standards.
  2. Be sure that the helmet fits snuggly, all around your head.
  3. Check to make sure that the helmet is free from defects like cracks on the outer shell, loose padding on the inside, or frayed, weakened chin straps.

Eyewear

Regardless of the helmet laws, both Illinois and Wisconsin require eye protection while on your motorcycle. Illinois requires eye protection during day and night rides, unless the motorcycle has a windscreen. Wisconsin also requires eye protection during day and night rides, unless the motorcycle has a state-approved windscreen that rises 15 or more inches from the handlebars. Before you hit the road, quickly verify the condition of the eyewear by checking the following:

  • Eye protections should be free from scratches, and resistant to penetration.
  • Eye protection should give a clear view on either side of the eyes for increased visibility.
  • Eye protection fit snugly and comfortably to the face, leaving room for eyeglasses or sunglasses, if needed.

Other Motorcycle Gear and Clothing

The less exposed skin you have while riding, the safer you are from injury in an accident. Wear jackets and pants that cover your arms and legs completely. Wear boots with a hard, slip-resistant sole that rise above the ankle. Wear full-finger gloves to protect your hands and get a good grip on the handles.

By wearing the proper motorcycle safety gear, you can better protect yourself from severe injury in the event of an accident. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer today for a free consultation. With considerable experience representing people involved in motorcycle accidents, let R.F. Wittmeyer fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Wrongful Death Suits after a Fatal Motorcycle Accident

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After you have lost a loved one who was killed in a motorcycle accident, you may feel lost. You may not know what to do next. Every day, many motorcyclists and motorists share the same roads around the greater Chicago area with thousands of drivers. Many responsible people abide by local and state laws to ensure public safety on the road.  However, fatal accidents do occur. For example, on July 1, 2018, Lonie Krzywda, 57, of Des Plaines, was involved in the crash near Route 53 and Thorndale Avenue. She was taken to Lutheran General Hospital where she died from complications from injuries sustained in the crash.

During the summer months, many young and older adults residing in the greater Chicago area proudly ride their motorcycles in the roads around the city. However, many motorists driving cars and trucks apparently do not respect motorcyclists on the roads. Although motorcyclists have many safety tips and their own licensing, fatal accidents do occur often.

In many cases, a fatal motorcycle accident results from the negligence of another motorist. Although a fact based determination, if negligence played a role in the fatal motorcycle accident, you may have a civil action against the driver. These accidents can involve a car or a truck. Unfortunately, some motorcyclists, like Ms. Krzywda, have lost their lives in accidents due to an accident with a car.

Types of Compensation for Wrongful Death

The plaintiffs in motorcycle accident wrongful death claims can obtain compensation for:

  • Medical expenses that accumulated prior to death
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of future income
  • Loss of support
  • Benefit Loss
  • Other monetary losses suffered as a result of the victim’s wrongful death
  • Non-monetary damages, including loss of companionship and affection

How to Find an Attorney After a Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Filing a lawsuit requires the assistance of a competent wrongful death suit attorney who specializes in:

  • Handling many complex cases in the Chicago area.
  • Helping you make sense of the untimely death of your loved one.
  • Explaining all of your options in order to receive compensation.
  • Mounting the strongest case possible on your behalf.
  • Bringing justice to the person who caused the tragic loss due to his or her misconduct or negligence.
  • Assisting you in receiving monetary damages to which you are entitled.

Consult with an experienced attorney who understands the laws pertaining to your case: the fatal motorcycle accident involving your loved one or friend.

If you or a loved one has been injured and need help with an insurance claim, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf.
Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

Have a Safe Spring on Your Motorcycles

We have had a short spring. Although spring officially began on March 20, the thermometer remained in winter mode. What happened to the April showers, green landscape, and blossoming flowers? And now, it seems like summer will begin!

For example, on April 9th, 2018, the Chicago Cubs opening day was postponed due to snow covering Wrigley Field. But two days later, sunshine and the 60s greeted the Chicagoland area.

Houses and cars could finally begin to turn the heat off and open the windows. Bikers uncover their motorcycles and hit the road. According to Statista’s 2016 survey, there are a total of 314,807 motorcycles registered and traveling on Illinois roads. While enjoying this weather with a fun, relaxing ride may seem like the most logical thing to do. But avoid having a motorcycle accident. Remember these important safety tips when hitting the road. [Read more…]

Winter Motorcycle Safety

Winter Motorcycle Safety Winter weather brings rain, snow, and ice to Illinois’ roads, all of which are significant hazards to motorcyclists. Motorcycles weigh less than cars, have a different center of gravity and a smaller tire footprint, all making them susceptible to losing traction, slipping, and skidding out of control. Although riding in wet, icy conditions isn’t recommended, here are a few safety tips if you do find yourself out on the road this winter.

 

Use Common Sense

 

Motorcycles and cars should slow down when the roads are slippery or visibility is low. Slowing down is step one to motorcycle safety. Go easy on the accelerator and give yourself plenty of time to break or make turns. Pay attention to black ice, slush, or wet leaves on the ground; these can cause you to lose control in the blink of an eye.

 

Be Aware of Your Traction

 

Tire pressure decreases in cold weather. For motorcycle tires, which already have a low tire to road surface area, low tire pressure means less traction. Check your tire pressure before every ride, especially in the morning or after prolonged periods parked outdoors.

 

Gear Up Right

 

You don’t know cold until you’ve ridden a motorcycle in the winter. Even at low speeds, the air chill is enough to inhibit your ability to react quickly to hazards on the road. Wear a full-face, DOT-approved helmet and ruggedized jacket and pants. Wear waterproof, wind-proof gloves, and consider heated gloves or handlebars to make sure your hands stay flexible and responsive.

 

Know When to Stop

 

When the snow starts to fall, park your bike. Even if you are experienced, you should be concerned about other cars. You’ll need to go very slow to keep control of your motorcycle in the snow, and most car drivers won’t appreciate that. Although they should exercise the same caution and are required to share the road with all motor vehicles, don’t chance it.

 

Emergency Response

 

If your bike won’t start or you crash, you should have it towed. But keep in mind, not all tow trucks can tow a bike. You need to find a tower with a flatbed, which can be hard, especially in adverse weather. Get the number for one in advance. Ask other bikers for recommendations or join the American Motorcyclist Association, which can provide roadside assistance in emergencies.

 

 

If you’ve been involved in an accident, consult with an experienced Arlington Heights motorcycle accident attorney. Find an attorney who is familiar with motorcycle accident cases and understands the unique challenges you may face. Motorcycle accidents can be fatal or result in traumatic injuries. When seriously injured, it’s crucial to work with an attorney who can be your advocate so you can focus on recovery.

 

Safety First

 

Winter weather conditions aren’t ideal for motorcyclists, but if you’re not deterred, follow these motorcycle safety tips to stay in control while you ride. Go slow, be wary of cars on the road, and know when it isn’t safe to ride.

 

If you have been injured in an accident, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight to get the compensation you deserve. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

 

 

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