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Study: Illinois experiences drop in motorcycle deaths

Motorcycle riders have some good news as the motorcycle season gets under way. The number of motorcycle deaths declined nationally by 2 percent in 2010, compared to the same period in 2009. In Illinois, motorcycle fatalities dropped by 6 percent, from 114 to 107.

At the Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we have a long history of representing victims of motorcycle accidents and families who have lost loved ones. We are very pleased to see any drop in the number of motorcycle accident deaths. At the Slocumb Law Firm, our motorcycle accident attorneys in Chicago have seen first hand how injuries can destroy the quality of lives. We have listened to families who have been devastated because they lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident. If you lost a loved one or were injured due to someone’s negligence, talk to a motorcycle accident lawyer in Chicago. Call 1-800-HURTLINE. Our personal injury attorneys serve victims in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Alabama, and Baltimore.

The new study, released in April by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), examines statistics in states throughout the country. The GHSA predicts that about half of the states will experience declines in motorcycle accident deaths. Some will have dramatic drops, such as Oregon and Oklahoma, which are down 27 percent and 30 percent, respectively.

Some states experienced increase in motorcycle accident deaths

In Georgia, motorcycle deaths fell by about 13 percent, from 112 to 98. Unfortunately, about half the states are experiencing an increase in motorcycle fatalities. They include Alabama, which jumped 11 percent, from 62 to 69.

The report highlights some troubling trends. While the decrease is good news, the drop in deaths is far less dramatic than a year earlier, which experienced a 16 percent decline from the previous years. Also, motorcycle deaths actually increased in the third quarter by about 3 percent, and motorcycle helmet use has dropped from 67 percent in 2009 to 54 percent in 2010.

The GHSA recommends states focus on motorcycle safety efforts, such as:

  • Increasing helmet use
  • Reducing driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Reducing speeding
  • Providing operator training for all motorcyclists who need or seek it

How a motorcycle accident lawyer in Chicago can help

At the Slocumb Law Firm, we certainly hope to see the trend toward fewer motorcycle accident deaths continue in future years. Unfortunately, accidents continue to happen to motorcyclists through no fault of their own. If you were injured or a loved one sustained a fatal injury, contact an aggressive motorcycle accident attorney in Chicago. Let a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer put experience and resources to work for you.

A Chicago train accident lawyer can explain your rights

A train accident is a terrifying event. Due to the size and speed of the train, injuries can be significant. Passengers can be traumatized and may have to cope with psychological injuries in addition to physical injuries.

A Chicago train accident on May 13 resulted in the death of a truck driver and injuries to dozens of people aboard the Metra commuter train. The train was traveling about 50 mph when it collided with a dump truck in the suburb of Mount Prospect. While the train and truck accident is under investigation, witnesses said the trucker suddenly drove into the train’s path by going around the gates. Witnesses also said warning lights were flashing and the train had no time to stop.

At the Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we have represented people injured in all types of accidents involving negligence. We understand how difficult your life can become after a serious accident. If you were seriously injured, or someone you know was hurt or sustained fatal injuries, it’s important to talk to a train accident lawyer in Chicago to learn about your rights. You may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Our aggressive Chicago train accident lawyers thoroughly investigate accidents for our clients to determine who is liable for injuries or a wrongful death.

The train accident in Chicago is a reminder about the importance of using caution when approaching a railroad crossing. Drivers are required to stop at least 15 feet from the nearest rail upon detecting an oncoming train at a railroad crossing. They must wait until the train has cleared the crossing before proceeding.

Train accidents of one type or another happen every day in the United States. In 2009, nationwide there were 1,850 train accidents, including derailments, collisions and other types of accidents, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. There were a total of 106 injuries and four fatalities.

As Chicago personal injury lawyers, our goal is to help those who have sustained serious injuries. We aggressively work for our clients by putting experience and resources to work for them. At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we are prepared to represent people injured in a variety of cases, including train accidents. For a free case review, contact a train accident attorney in Chicago.