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2023 Chicago Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries because of how exposed and unprotected riders are. Unfortunately, motorcycle wrecks and their devastating effects are common in Illinois. Here’s an in-depth look at the most recent Chicago motorcycle accident statistics, and what to do if you’re involved in a crash.

Illinois Motorcycle Accident Trends

Every year, roughly 80,000 motorcycle accidents happen across the nation. As many as 5,000 of those are fatal for the rider or passenger of the motorcycle.

The most recent fully analyzed statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) cover 2021. That year, the total motorcycle crashes increased by 8.0% compared to the previous four-year average. It increased by 6.9% in a year-over-year comparison from 2020 to 2021.

There was also a 20.2% increase in fatal motorcycle crashes, compared to the previous four-year average. There was a 9.8% increase between 2020 and 2021. Of all motorcycle fatalities, 62.6% involved operators or passengers who were not wearing a helmet.

Cook County and Will County accounted for 33.3% of all motorcyclist fatalities. In Cook County alone, there were 47 motorcycle fatalities in 2021.

In Illinois, a total of 3,542 motorcyclists were involved in crashes. This accounts for operators and passengers of motorcycles. Of those, there were 2,381 injury accidents and 168 fatal accidents.

Motorcycle deaths in 2022 in Illinois amounted to 146 operators and passengers. More 2022 motorcycle statistics will be released towards the beginning of next year.

Motorcycle deaths in 2023, as of October 3, amount to 131. More 2023 statistics will be released in 2024.

Why Are Motorcycle Crashes So Dangerous?

Chicago motorcycle deaths are common because the riders and passengers have so little protection from a crash. When a typical motor vehicle driver is involved in a crash, they have airbags and metal all around them. However, a motorcyclist only has the protective gear they are wearing – if any.

Illinois motorcycle accident injuries are often severe or even fatal. The most common include road rash, broken bones, burns, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), neck and back injuries, spinal injuries, and more.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?

There are many potential causes of motorcycle accidents. While society often thinks of motorcycle riders as being risk-takers who are to blame for a crash, that’s not always the case.

The most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Illinois are:

Other Drivers Not Seeing Motorcycles

Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than other vehicles, and drivers often don’t look for them carefully enough. This can lead to accidents when drivers turn in front of motorcycles, change lanes without checking their blind spots, or pull out from intersections without seeing oncoming motorcycles.


Speeding is a major factor in all types of traffic accidents, but it is especially dangerous for motorcyclists. When a motorcycle is traveling at high speed, the rider has less time to react to hazards and is more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a crash.

Impaired Driving

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is another major cause of motorcycle accidents. Impaired drivers have impaired judgment and reaction time, which can lead to serious accidents.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving behaviors such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and running red lights can all increase the risk of a motorcycle accident.


Inexperienced motorcyclists are more likely to be involved in accidents than experienced riders. This is because they may not be familiar with the mechanics of their motorcycle or the hazards of the road.

Poor Road Conditions

Potholes, debris, and other road hazards can all increase the risk of a motorcycle accident.

Mechanical Failure

If a motorcycle is not properly maintained or has a defective part, it can develop mechanical problems that can lead to an accident.

Bad Weather Conditions

Rain, snow, and fog can all reduce visibility and make it more difficult to control a motorcycle.

What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident?

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you should take several steps to protect your rights, including:

  1. Check for injuries. If you are injured, call 911 immediately. If you are able to move, check on the other people involved in the accident to see if they are injured.
  2. Move to a safe location. If the accident is blocking traffic, move to the side of the road or to a safe location away from oncoming traffic.
  3. Call the police. Even if the accident is minor, it is important to call the police so they can file an accident report. The police report will be helpful if you need to file an insurance claim or take legal action.
  4. Exchange information with the other driver(s). Get the other driver’s name, address, phone number, and insurance information. If there are any witnesses to the accident, get their contact information as well.
  5. Take pictures and videos of the accident scene. This will help to document the damage to your motorcycle and the other vehicles involved in the accident.

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you should also contact a Chicago motorcycle injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help you to get the compensation you need for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.

However, you have a limited amount of time. In Illinois, the statute of limitations (or deadline), for filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit is two years. If you don’t file a claim within that amount of time, you may forfeit your ability to get any compensation for your damages.

Safety Tips to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents

There are some ways that you can prevent motorcycle accidents and serious injuries, including:

  • Wear protective clothing, such as long pants and a long-sleeved jacket.
  • Wear a helmet even though Illinois does not require it for adults.
  • Reduce your speed, especially in bad weather or poor road conditions.
  • Don’t drive in inclement weather.

If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, you need to find a reliable motorcycle accident lawyer in Chicago. Your lawyer can help you get the compensation you need to move forward with your life.

Call A Chicago Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. has a team of personal injury lawyers ready to help victims of motorcycle crashes in Chicago. We know that motorcycle accidents can cause serious and even fatal injuries. We can help you recover the maximum amount possible for your damages.

Our legal team understands Illinois motorcycle law and we will use it to help you. Call us at (312) 236-2900 or reach out via our online contact form for a free, no-risk consultation.

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