SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – Fatal motorcycle accidents in the state of Illinois are up 13 percent, according to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Data shows there were 148 motorcycle fatalities in 2012, up from 131 in 2010.
Illinois State Police says it’s hard to find a single reason for the increase, especially since overall motorcycle collisions are declining.
In the past decade, however, there has been a 57 percent increase in the number of registered motorcyclists in Illinois.
Some experts say new riders may not be getting the proper training.
Illinois is one of three states that does not have a helmet law.