The majority of auto accidents in Illinois are pretty straightforward as to their cause. A car runs off the road and hit a tree. A pickup truck rear-ends a van that’s stopped at a red light. A sport utility vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and strikes a motorcycle. In these incidents, the blame for the crash is usually easy to determine.
But that’s not always the case, especially when three or more vehicles are involved. Take the case of a serious injury crash in St. Clair County last month.
Shortly after midnight on the morning of Sunday, September 22, two motorcyclists – one male and one female – were each riding motorcycles on Illinois Route 4 near Widicus Road, which is just north of Lebanon in the northeast part of the county. According to Illinois State Police, the two drove over a steep grade where there was a blind spot, and came upon a Ford F-350 pickup truck pulling a flatbed trailer. The man swerved in order to avoid the trailer, but struck the female motorcyclist who wound up underneath the bike. Two young men then got out of the truck, pulled the bike off of the woman – then got back into their truck and left the scene. The woman was rushed to a St. Louis hospital in serious condition.
This begs the question: who will be held responsible for the woman’s injuries – the male motorcyclist, or the driver of the pickup truck?
Provided that the pickup did not make any unusual moves on the roadway, the man riding the motorcycle will be held liable for the motorcycle accident and the injuries to the woman. However, both men in the pickup could face criminal charges for leaving the scene of an accident. Therefore, the woman could file a personal injury lawsuit against the male motorcyclist.