Over 4,000 motorcycle accidents occur in Illinois every year, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Once an accident occurs, motorcyclists die at ten times the rate of other motorists. The dangerous reputation of motorcycles seems to be part of their appeal in some ways, unfortunately. Three characteristics of motorcycles are correlated with their low accident survival rate – low visibility, lack of frame protection, and high horsepower. A huge percentage of motorcycle accidents are caused by automobile drivers who simply aren’t paying proper attention. When this happens, it is important to take prompt action to protect your legal right to compensation.