Illinois State Police have stated that on the evening of Friday, April 17, a male motorcyclist was killed in a car accident near the west side of suburban Burr Ridge, Illinois, on Interstate 55. The accident involved two vehicles and one motorcycle. The motorcyclist was killed while one driver was taken to the hospital with injuries.
The collision occurred at approximately 5 p.m. on I-55 close to the southbound entrance ramp coming from County Line Road. At this time, a Chevrolet driven by a 43-year-old Chicago man was driving shortly past the entrance ramp, but his vehicle was not in a lane. Instead, he was driving on the right shoulder. At the same time, two vehicles were in the midst of merging onto the interstate. The first vehicle was a Hummer driven by a 38-year-old Minooka man. The vehicle right behind the Hummer was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by a 30-year-old male.
The motorbike accident occurred when the Chevrolet attempted to merge back into the right lane of the interstate from the shoulder at the same time that the motorcyclist was merging into the right lane from the entrance ramp. Police say the Chevrolet hit the motorcycle and caused it to crash into the back of the Hummer ahead. The driver of the Hummer was not injured. The Chevrolet driver was hospitalized with injuries while the motorcyclist was rushed to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He died soon after from his injuries.
Cases like these are unfortunately not uncommon on the interstate. Negligent and inattentive drivers are everywhere, and their negligence can cause serious injuries and even death. Many of the cases involve motorcycles because other vehicles are not paying attention to these drivers. When motorcycle accidents occur, an attorney may be able to help family members of the deceased file a wrongful death suit against the negligent driver and provide much-needed support.
Source: Chicago Sun Times, "Police: Motorcyclist killed in I-55 crash near Burr Ridge," Mitchell Armentrout, April 17, 2015