Summertime in Illinois always brings out the motorcyclists who like to cruise on open roads in warm weather. Unfortunately, there is a corresponding increase in the prevalence of motorcycle accidents in the summer months as well. One man in Springfield was injured last month when a van turned in front of his motorcycle. And another motorcyclist died after being rear-ended while slowing for traffic in North Pekin. In addition, two teenagers were hurt in a July parking lot motorcycle crash in Crete, while a motorcyclist in Jefferson County crashed into a guardrail in late June, killing him and critically injuring his passenger.
Sadly, the life of another motorcycle rider was taken in Boone County last month. On August 12 around 8:30pm, a 24-year old Belvidere man was riding his bike around his hometown near the riverfront (a couple miles north of the Jane Addams Memorial Toll Road). When he reached the intersection of North Appleton road and West Lincoln Avenue, a car turned left in front of him. The motorcycle collided with the car, and although the 24-year old was rushed to a nearby hospital, he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
The 32-year old man from Beloit, Wisconsin who was driving the car was cited by authorities for failing to yield the right-of-way. Since it appears that the Wisconsin man will be held primarily or solely at fault for the deadly motorcycle accident, the surviving relatives of the Belvidere man may elect to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the car’s driver. This type of suit could allow the plaintiffs to receive reimbursement for hospital expenses and burial charges, as well as compensation for the estimated future wages that the motorcyclist would have earned in his lifetime and perhaps monetary damages for pain and suffering or loss of care or companionship.