Motorcycle accident lawsuit lawyers in Chicago, Illinois

Motorcycle accidents are rarely caused by a singular event. Instead, motorcycle accidents often occur because of several factors working in conjunction with each other. Weather is one of those factors. Even though some of the hardiest motorcycle riders are out in the colder weather, motorbikes do not operate well in the rain. Motorcycle riders are at an elevated risk for a crash even if there is only a light drizzle. 

The age of a rider plays a significant role in causing accidents. Statistically, the average age of motorcycle riders killed in crashes is 42 years-of-age. Younger riders have become safer as a whole. However, riders from 20 to 29 are the most vulnerable to dying in a motorcycle accident. Older riders might experience more difficulty reacting and maneuvering their motorcycles, which can lead to accidents. Conversely, members of the youngest age bracket rider at higher speeds and take greater risks. 

The overwhelming volume of traffic is the greats threat to a motorcycle rider. Afternoon rush hour is the worst time to be out on a motorcycle. The number of cars on the road exponentially increases the danger of riding. Additionally, other drivers might engage in risky driving behavior, leading to an increased risk of a crash such as:

  • Driver of car or truck who engage in speeding.
  • Driving after consuming alcohol or drugs are the riskiest behaviors in which a motorcycle rider could be injured.
  • Inexperienced drivers are another danger to motorcyclists and they lack of time on the road leads to unpredictable driving behaviors because they do not know better.
  • Recklessness, on the other hand, is intentional behavior like racing, distracted driving, or tailgating.
  • Cars or trucks lacking antilock brakes.
  • Failing to observe traffic laws make motorcycle riding more dangerous. 
  • No seeing the motorcycle.
  • Red light runners
  • Failure to yield
  • Road rage

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Motorcycle accident lawsuit lawyers in Chicago, Illinois

Not every motorcycle crash is the fault of the motorcycle rider. Although most motorists can claim they have observed a motorcycle rider weave in and out of traffic, speed through tight areas, rev their engine, or perhaps pull a stunt like pulling a “wheelie” or “endo” when the rider rides on either the front or rear wheel depending on the trick the rider is performing. Behaviors like those described reflect poorly on all motorcycle riders in addition to endangering everyone sharing the road with the bike at that time. 

Reckless motorcycle riders are the loud minority of motorcyclists. By contrast, the vast majority of motorcycle riders are safe, conscientious, and careful operators who are contented with safe riding and not being a showman. Despite the overwhelming majority of motorcycle riders who obey the rules of the road in Illinois, hundreds of motorcycle riders are hit each year by drivers who fail to yield to motorcycles.

Drivers who refuse or fail to yield to motorcycles create hazardous driving conditions for the motorcycle operator and all others on the road. The operator of a motor vehicle, be it a car, pickup truck, SUV, construction vehicle, tractor-trailer truck, or another vehicle, must be aware that motorcycles are on the road, especially in the summer weather. Therefore, drivers must pay rapt attention to the task that lies in their hands and not divides their attention between a GPS device, the radio, text messages, or even phone calls. Turning the eye away but for a fleeting moment can result in a motorcycle rider merging in front of the operator or from the operator’s side and cause an accident.

A motorcycle’s slender profile helps the vehicle conceal itself.  Therefore, drivers ought to be aware that looking quickly or just listening for oncoming vehicles without actively looking for possible dangers that include motorcycles causes many motorcycle accidents. 

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Motorcycle accident lawsuit lawyers in Chicago, Illinois

BURRITT TOWNSHIP, Ill. — A 63-year-old man from Rockford, Illinois died in a motorcycle crash. WREX 13 reported the fatal motorcycle accident that happened in the area of the intersection of Telegraph Road and North Winnebago Road. The accident took place at about 10:00 a.m. However, authorities did not release any additional information to the press. Law enforcement officers said that the cause of the incident remains under investigation. Investigators also refused to identify the individuals involved, including the deceased male. *

Motorcycle accidents in Illinois occur far too often, and when they do the motorcycle rider is the motorist most vulnerable to injury or death. Even in crashes at lower speeds when the driver of a motor vehicle suffers little to no harm, the motorcycle rider could perish in the accident or, if he or she survives, sustain severe to catastrophic injuries that could irrevocably alter the motorcycle accident victim’s life.

Wearing a motorcycle helmet approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may protect a motorcycle rider from death or serious injury from a head injury. Notwithstanding, the rider’s chest, stomach, back, spine, arms, and legs are all exposed to injury during the initial collision and the second collision when the rider hits the ground. Contact with the ground can result in cause injuries as well, especially if the rider slides. Wearing leather and jeans along with boots can protect the body from so-called “road rash” but cannot protect a motorcycle rider from blunt force injuries such as broken bones, severe lacerations, amputations, injuries to the torso, internal injuries, back injuries, muscle tears, and paralysis or other spinal cord injuries.

Insurance companies will try to exonerate their driver and blame the motorcycle rider for causing an accident. Most people believe that motorcycle riders operator recklessly. However, such a widely held belief is an enormous misconception. With accidents caused by inattentive drivers becoming more and more frequent, motorcycle accidents must be examined closely to ascertain the party responsible for the wreck.

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Motorcycle accident lawsuit lawyers in Chicago, Illinois

CHICAGO, Illinois — Chicago police have asked for the public to help identify the driver of a car that struck a motorcycle rider in the Gragin section of the northwest side of Chicago. The motorcycle rider was a 36-year-old man, according to WGN-TV. The evidence gathered by police officers at the scene of the crash suggests that the motorist who ran away from the scene crashed into the motorcycle intentionally and then took off from the area. Friends of the deceased motorcyclist said they found the vehicle involved in the crash a few blocks away from the scene of the criminal act. Police have not said what the motive might have been, nor have they identified any suspect. 

Witnesses told the media that the motorcyclist and a person driving a black sports utility vehicle engaged in a verbal altercation a few minutes before the fatal crash. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the witnesses said that the suspect vehicle is a GMC Envoy SUV. The witnesses placed the altercation a few blocks away from the scene of the accident located near the 4900 block of West Diversey Avenue. Police said that the motorcycle rider was driving easterly on West Diversey when the GMC slammed into the bike from behind. The impact threw the motorcycle rider off of the bike and into a sign pole. First responders pronounced the motorcyclist deceased at the scene of the crash.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office performed a post-mortem examination of the body. The coroner concluded that the motorcycle rider died from multiple traumatic injuries. 

Witnesses to the crash said the GMC fled easterly. The day after the crash, other witnesses said they found the GMC abandoned a few blocks away from the crash. The front grill, hood, and bumper had damage consistent with striking a motorcycle tire. Police have asked people with information to come forward so investigators can apprehend the driver of the SUV.

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CHICAGO- The chicago.suntimes.com writes that a crash took place on Tuesday, October 30, 2018,in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, which is located on the Lower West Side. The collision killed a motorcyclist. The crash took place at about 4:57 p.m. when the victim, 41-year-old Narciso Ledesma of Logan Square was riding near the 2200 block of South Throop Street.

Ledesma was on Cermak Road when a Toyota Rav4 hit him while the larger vehicle was attempting to turn onto Throop Street.

Ledesma was pronounced dead at the hospital. The autopsy report indicated that Ledesma died from the injuries he sustained in the collision. The medical examiner’s office ruled the death an accident.

The driver of the Rav4, a 36-year-old woman, remained at the scene and did not receive medical attention. The driver was cited for a failure to yield the right of way while making a left turn. Police carried out a sobriety test.

Drivers often fail to notice motorcycles because the two-wheeled vehicles are smaller and less common. Because of this, there are many collisions that take place because drivers cut into motorcyclists’ right-of-way. Left turns are particularly hazardous and lead to a large number of crashes.

In order to stay safe, motorcyclists should beextremely alert while ridingand should pay particular attention at intersections. It is important not to assume that adriver will yield when turning. One way for motorcyclists to increase their own safety is to wear bright colors or high visibility clothing. Motorcyclists who wear all black are more likely to be overlooked than those wearing bright yellow or orange. Additionally, it is important for motorcyclists always to wear a helmet. Helmets can save lives.

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BURNHAM, Ill. — A 21-year-old man died, and two others suffered critical injuries in a collision between a motorcycle and motor vehicle in the south suburban area of Burnham. Abc7news.com said that the crash occurred in the morning hours of Thursday, October 18, 2018. Officers from the Burnham Police Department have the matter under investigation.

Police said 21-year-old Kendall King was operating a motorcycle with the mother of his 2-year-old son on back Thursday when he collided with a Toyota and the intersection of 140th Street and Torrance Avenue.  Medics transported Mr. King to Franciscan Health Hammond for trauma intervention but succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Meanwhile, his passenger, whom police did not name, suffered catastrophic injuries. Fortunately for her, she is conscious according to statements made by the passenger’s family. The hospital listed her in critical condition.

Two people were in the black Toyota struck by the motorcycle. The passenger of Toyota was severely injured in the crash, and the hospital listed that individual in critical condition as well. The operator of the car hit by the Toyota was reportedly uninjured.

Police did not indicate who may have been at fault for the crash nor did they report precisely how the collision between the motorcycle and Toyota happened. The crash investigation is a joint effort between the Illinois State Police and the Major Accidents Team responsible for investigating accidents in the South Suburban area of Chicago. Investigators have not issued any charges up to this point.

Mr. King’s relatives mourn his loss. A relative told the media that his nephew was a hardworking young man who dearly loved his son and had a bright future. Mr. King reportedly worked at a nursing home every day. Mr. King’s uncle said that Mr. King was a “great father” to his boy. There was no information available about the prognosis of the other injured parties.

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PIKE COUNTY, IL- Wgem.com writes that a motorcyclist died in a crash on Monday night in Pike County. The motorcyclist was traveling south on State Highway 96 on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when he tried to pass a semi-truck and trailer, and another vehicle.

After passing the large truck, the motorcyclist struck theFord F-150 that was traveling southbound and making a turn off the highway and onto a private driveway.

The victim, 59-year-old Randy Clendenny, was pronounced dead at the Illini Community Hospital.

The driver of the Ford was 29-year-old Adam Webster of Gilead, Illinois.

Motorcycle crashes frequently result in injuries or deaths to motorcyclists. As vehiclemotorcycles do not offer many of the protections that are standard in cars and other passenger vehicles. The result is that motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable on the road.

There are steps that a motorcyclist can and should take in order to increase their safety. One major risk to motorcyclists is drivers of other vehicles. This is because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles and drivers often overlook them before deciding to turn or change lanes. Drivers frequently believe that the coast is clear, make a move, and drive straight into the path of a motorcycle. The motorcyclist does not have time to avoid the crash. Many of these collisions can be prevented by motorcyclists making themselves more visible. Brightly colored clothing is one key way to prevent being overlooked by drivers.

While it is important for drivers to remember to share the road with motorcyclists, it is also important for motorcyclists to take part in their own safety and remember that they are at the mercy of drivers who may not see them.

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AURORA, IL- Patch.com writes that a motorcyclist sustained injuries in a collision with a vehicle in Aurora on Sunday, September 16, 2018. The victim was identified as Mathew Thomson, who is from Naperville. The crash took place on W. Indian Trail at about 6 p.m.

A woman from Warrenville, Hollie Williamson, was in the other vehicle and apparently made a left turn in front of the motorcycle. Williamson is facing charges for “failure to yield, driving without insurance, and driving on a suspended license.” Williamson claimed to have looked for traffic before turning and said that she thought that the road was clear.

Thomson’s condition is unknown at this time.

The risks faced by motorcyclists is greater compared to the risks faced by occupants of other vehicles. A big part of the danger of motorcycles is a lack of a protective outer metal shell. However, another major danger to motorcyclists is the chance of not being seen by a driver. Drivers often look out for cars but do not keep their eyes peeled for smaller vehicles. As a result, a motorcyclist can go unnoticed by drivers who then cut the motorcyclist off or make turns in frontof the motorcycle. When a motorcyclist is cut off by a larger vehicle, the motorcyclist is the one who will most likely suffer injuries or worse as a result.

One of the most dangerous common maneuvers drivers make is a left turn. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA), more than one-fifth of all vehicle collisions occur when one of the involved vehicles is attempting to make a left turn.

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HIGHLAND, IL- The nwitimes.com writes that a motorcyclist suffered severe injuries in a collision that took place at the intersection of Kennedy Avenue and Duluth Street. Reports stated that the victim was in critical condition as of Monday.

Police identified the injured motorcyclist as 24-year-old Aric J. Benton of Highland. Benton is being treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Benton sustained serious injuries when his BMW motorcycle struck a Dodge Ram truck. The driver of the Ram was identified as a 56-year-old man from Highland.

The Ram was traveling south on Kennedy Avenue and was attempting to turn left onto Duluth Street. Benton was riding northbound when the truck turned in front of him, andhe hit the rear ride side. Benton was first transported to the Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campusand then transferred.

Police are still investigating the collision.

Left turns are dangerous to all drivers, but they are a particularlydevastating hazard to motorcycles. Drivers who attempt to make left turns often fail to see motorcycles. When a motorcycle strikes a vehicle that cuts it off, the rider can often be ejected from the vehicle.

In Illinois, motorcyclists are not required to use a helmet. Illinois is one of three states that does not require any motorcyclists to use helmets. As a result, the rate of helmet use in the state is lower than in many other parts of the country. This is unfortunate because motorcycle helmets are considered about 37 percent effective in preventing deaths and 67 percent effective in preventing brain damage in motorcyclists involved in crashes.

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MARION COUNTY, IL- Bdb.com reports that a motorcyclist was killed in an early morning crash on Interstate 57. The accident occurred in the northbound lanes at approximately 4:37 in the morning.

The victim was identified as Mr. Wathan, 23, of Centralia. Wathan was riding north on I-57 when a passenger vehicle struck his motorcycle from behind. The coroner pronounced Wathan dead at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Wathan was arrested following the deadly crash. Jonathan Trotter, 21, of Evansville, Indiana, was reportedly seen driving his vehicle in a reckless manner and speeding prior tostriking the victim’s motorcycle. After hitting Wathan, Trotter drove his vehicle off of the interstate and into the median where he struck several trees. Trotter was takento the Salem Township Hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the wreck.

Trotter is facing charges for “involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide.”

The accident closed I-57’s northbound lanes for about six hours.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were 147 people killed in motorcycle accidents on Illinois roadways in 2015. The Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) indicates that between 2014 and 2015, motorcycle fatalities in Illinois rose by 24%, which is more than double the increase experienced across the country. Out of all 50 states, 31 saw higher numbers of motorcycle fatalities while 16 saw lower numbers and threestates had the same amount in 2015 as 2014. Motorcyclist deaths made up 13% of Illinois’ total traffic deaths.

The GHSA also lists several factors that impact the likelihood of a motorcyclist being involved in a fatal crash. The four main risks are failing to use a helmet, alcohol impairment, speeding, and riding on an invalid license.

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If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle caused by another’s negligence, call our motorcycle accident injury lawsuit attorneys in Illinois. You can schedule a case consultation at no cost to you by calling our office at (312) 422-0506.

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