DEKALB COUNTY, IL- The chicago.suntimes.com reports that a crash on Sunday, May 27, 2018, involving a motorcycle killed a 27-year-old man. The crash occurred on Route 72 at about 6:44 in the morning.
Authorities have identified Neil T. Tomsheck as the victim of the accident. Tomsheck was traveling east on Wilshire Drive in Genoa on his 1983 Honda Goldwing Motorcycle when he lost control of the vehicle. The motorcycle crashed off the side of the roadcausing Tomsheck to be ejected.
According to officials, Tomsheck, who died at the scene of the crash, was not wearing a helmet.
The accident is still being investigated.
Illinois is one of three states, along with New Hampshire and Iowa, thatdoes not have a motorcycle helmet law. In 19 states, anyone riding on a motorcycle is legally required to wear a helmet. Another 28 states have laws requiring at least some riders to wear helmets. Researchsuggests helmet laws work. The rate of helmet use in states that have implemented universal helmet laws is 79.6%, while it is only 53.5% in other states. In Illinois, an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) report from 2017 indicates that only 44.6% of motorcyclists actuallyuse helmets.
Whether or not they are legally required towear helmets, motorcyclists are encouraged to use them because they are effective in preventing deaths and brain injuries. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists can reduce their risk of death by 37% and their risk of a brain injury by 67% by choosing to wear a helmet.
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