Motorcycles are common and popular across Illinois and many other states, due to their fuel efficiency, convenience and passion for the road they represent. The bikes have a flip side, as they make up a disproportionate number of traffic accidents.
Collisions are of special concern to bikers, who are far less protected than drivers and passengers in cars and trucks. Accidents can results is significant injury, permanent disability or death.
A 26-year-old motorcycle rider was killed after a collision with a car on a road in northern Illinois recently. The man died of blunt trauma after transport to a hospital despite taking the safety precaution of a helmet, according to local law enforcement.
Both vehicles involved in the collision were traveling north on a multi-lane road when the car's driver was preparing to make a left turn. He was turning across lanes when the motorcycle struck the driver's side door of the car.
Several factors can affect the likelihood of a motorcycle collision, including the twilight hour during which this accident occurred. Lane changes are especially dangerous to motorcycles, as car and truck drivers may not see the narrow vehicles in rearview mirrors.
Drivers and bikers owe each other respect on the road, as well as the attentiveness that can save lives and prevent damage.
In the unfortunate case of a collision, motorcycle riders and their families may be eligible for reimbursement for expenses and compensation for pain, suffering or wrongful death. Legal representation is often an essential step in investigating these options.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Motorcyclist in fatal Fox Lake crash identified," Frank S. Abderholden, Aug. 23, 2017