motorcycle wheelies

Why Are Wheelies Illegal in Illinois?

Many motorcycle riders, especially ones with years of experience under their belts, feel confident and comfortable on two wheels. You may see these riders driving down the road popping wheelies like it’s nothing. But, because of an updated law regarding motorcycle wheelies, riders should think twice before engaging in these activities.

Updated Motorcycle Wheelie State Law

Illinois Senate Bill 3452 was passed in July 2012 and went into effect on January 1, 2013. This law addresses motorcycle safety by making certain actions illegal in the state of Illinois. The main area of change involved making wheelies illegal, which is defined as “operating a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle or moped on one wheel.”

Riders who pull a wheelie while speeding can face a $100 fine for the first offense, up to a $1,500 fine and six months in jail for the second offense, and up to a $2,500 fine and one year in jail for the third offense. A second wheelie offense can also result in a Class D misdemeanor charge, while a third offense may result in a Class A misdemeanor.

The law also bans other dangerous stunts, including standing while riding a motorcycle and riding hands-free.

Categorized Under “Reckless Driving”

You may still be wondering why wheelies were banned in the state of Illinois. Ultimately, it comes down to the fact that riding on one wheel significantly increases the risk of the rider losing control of their bike or tipping over. It can also impede visibility for both the rider and other drivers sharing the road.

For this reason, wheelies are categorized as “reckless driving” in the state of Illinois, along with other offenses where someone is operating a motor vehicle in a way that blatantly puts others in danger of injury or death. Some examples include swerving, running red lights or stop signs, or racing.

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?

While it’s ultimately in your best interest to avoid wheelies while on a motorcycle, accidents involving wheelies can still happen due to other negligent or reckless motorists. Just because you were engaging in a wheelie during the time of your motorcycle crash does not mean that you are without legal options.

Because Illinois operates under a comparative negligence rule, you may still be able to pursue compensation for your injuries and other resulting damages. It’s imperative that you contact McNabola & Associates, LLC to speak with our experienced team about your potential claim.

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