Since summer has officially arrived, Illinois drivers can expect to see an increased number of motorcyclists out on the roadways for the next few months. When you combine the warm weather along with the freer schedules of many residents (such as students, teachers, etc.), the result is more people grabbing their motorcycles and hitting the open road. Unfortunately, that usually means more motorcycle accidents as well.
One such motorcycle accident claimed the life of a 34-year old man this week on Chicago’s West Side. On Thursday morning around 9am, the man was riding his motorcycle on West Grand Avenue near Damen Avenue, which is a couple miles west of the Kennedy Expressway. His bike collided with a pickup truck, forcing the motorcyclist underneath the truck. The 34-year old was rushed to Stroger Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries less than an hour later.
It’s not clear which vehicle was at fault, and Chicago Police are still investigating the cause of the motorcycle accident. If the motorcyclist did not have the right of way when he hit the truck, then the 34-year old man would be to blame for the crash. But if the pickup truck driver failed to yield to the motorcycle or did not see it, then the driver of the truck would likely be held responsible.
In the latter case, the surviving family members of the victim would have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person who was behind the wheel of the pickup. If this suit went to court, a jury could award the plaintiffs damages for mental anguish and loss of care or companionship, reimbursement for medical and burial expenses, and future wages that the motorcyclist would have earned had the crash never taken place.
This summer, whenever you are driving throughout Illinois, please be aware of motorcycles around you and exercise caution to avoid getting into collisions with them.