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Driver critically injures motorcyclist in collision

The unseasonably warm weather this December has enticed many Illinois residents to pursue activities usually enjoyed during the warmer months, such as riding motorcycles.

For one motorcycle enthusiast, however, a late season ride ended in a collision and critical injuries. The Springfield man, 44, was riding westbound on Camp Butler on Dec. 14 shortly before 6 p.m. when a 73-year-old Morrisonville man turned into the path of his motorcycle.

According to officers with the the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office, the driver was attempting a left turn into an adjacent parking lot so that he could turn his car around. He allegedly told the responding deputies that he never saw the motorcyclist.

The impact of the collision caused the Morrisonville man to be thrown off his motorcycle. Emergency medical personnel transported him to nearby Memorial Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition the following day.

The driver was ticketed for failing to yield when making a left turn.

The repercussions of motorcycle accidents involving four-wheeled vehicles are often catastrophic for the riders. Those who survive frequently are left with permanent disabilities that can include profound brain damage. Survivors may need round the clock care for the rest of their lives.

Even when the damage is not quite as severe, injuries can be extensive, requiring multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation. All of these procedures and treatments are expensive at a time when the injured parties are unable to work.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, a good option is to file a claim for damages against the at-fault driver's insurance company.

Source: The State Journal-Register, "Motorcyclist in critical condition," Dec. 15, 2015

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