As autumn sneaks up, people in Illinois are starting to think more and more in terms of colder temperatures. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the weather won’t be conducive to motorcycle riding. And just because summer is over doesn’t mean that motorists should stop looking out for motorcycles.
Sadly, Illinois drivers don’t seem to be getting that message. A Buffalo Grove man was seriously injured in Lake County earlier this month when the driver of a car apparently turned left and didn’t see the oncoming bike. And later that week, another man lost his life in scarily similar circumstances in Logan County.
On the evening of Friday, September 14, a 43-year old Hartsburg man was driving his motorcycle in Lincoln with a 40-year old female passenger from Palmyra. They were traveling north on Old Route 121 when a southbound truck tried to turn left onto Lincoln Parkway. According to Illinois State Police, the bike slammed into the passenger side of the truck. The Hartsburg man was killed, and the Palmyra woman was rushed to a Springfield hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Though the motorcycle accident remains under investigation, it appears from the information given that the truck’s driver will be held primarily or fully responsible for the crash. As a result, surviving family members of the 43-year old man may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the man who drove the truck. That suit could result in reimbursement for burial expenses, compensation for estimated lost future wages earned by the motorcyclist, and damages for pain and suffering and loss of companionship or care. Also, the Palmyra woman has grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to receive reimbursement for hospital expenses and future medical care, as well as compensation for the wages she didn’t earn because of work absenteeism.