Illinois Motorcycle Helmet Laws

New Hampshire, Iowa, and Illinois are the only three states in the country with no motorcycle helmet requirement. Nineteen states, and the District of Columbia, have universal helmet laws which apply to all riders. The other twenty-eight states have limited helmet laws that apply only to some riders, mostly those under eighteen. In support of…

Illinois Moped Laws

Mopeds and scooters are very popular in dense and congested urban areas like Chicago. Their light weight makes them easy to ride. That same quality greatly reduces fuel consumption, so scooters and mopeds are inexpensive to own. Their small size makes them easy to park, and their small engines make almost no noise. Since they…

Illinois Motorcycle Laws

Since gasoline prices have remained relatively low, the number of motorcycle riders has leveled off in recent years. However, riding is gaining popularity in many places. New riders often have questions about basic legal matters. After all, a motorcycle is not exactly a car, but it is not exactly a bicycle either. Bicyclists and motorcyclists…

7 Reasons to Wear a Motorcycle Helmet

There are some reasons not to wear a motorcycle helmet. Helmets are cumbersome and uncomfortable. Furthermore, they eliminate the feel of the open road. Additionally, a 1986 study claimed that added helmet weight increases the chances of neck and spine injuries. But most scientists question Jonathan Goldsein’s conclusions. On the other end of the spectrum,…

Is Lane-Splitting Illegal in Illinois?

When traffic backs up, some motorcycle riders straddle two lanes to move through the back-up. Lane-splitting is legal in a few states, most notably California. Illinois law does not specifically allow the practice, but it does not specifically prohibit it either. However, 625 ILCS 5/11-703 contains a number of right-of-way and other prohibitions which basically…

Who Pays When a Dog Bites Another Dog?

Sometimes, animals have a mind of their own. Even well-trained pets can have uncontrolled moments, especially in an overwhelming environment. Circumstances surrounding human-targeted dog bites typically pose a clear verdict if the dog’s owner could not safely control their animal. However, several more factors come into play when two dogs are involved. What Is a…

Can You Sue for a Minor Dog Bite?

Even when leashed, animals can pose risk to those around them. Pets that aren’t used to being around others, or get anxious around other animals, are a threat because their behavior is unpredictable. Even well-trained dogs can attack others when overwhelmed by their environment. In cases of dog-related accidents, not all injuries sustained are severe….

Reporting a Dog Bite

Those involved in dog-related accidents might feel reluctant to press charges. However, compensation may be necessary to cover the medical expenses associated with treating injuries the animal caused. Reporting a dog bite means pressing charges for negligent behavior on the owner’s part. Every dog owner must abide by the same set of Illinois laws when…

Illinois Leash Law

When walking a dog outside of your premises, it becomes your duty to keep the public safe from any dog-related incidents. One aspect of being a responsible dog owner means abiding by your state’s leash laws. Laws are in place to keep the public safe, including laws surrounding what limitations pet owners must obey. Although…

What Should You Do After a Minor Car Accident?