Some drivers are of the opinion that auto accidents tend to occur only in certain situations. They may think that as long as they aren’t driving at high speed on an interstate or highway, in rush hour traffic on a freeway, or inside construction or school zones, they don’t have to worry about being involved in a crash. But the reality is quite different. Collisions can take place anywhere – even while you are turning into a driveway.
That was the situation in Winnebago County last week in a fatal motorcycle crash. On Monday, June 3, a 48-year old man was riding his bike westbound on Illinois Route 75 in the village of Rockton, which is about four miles west of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway and three miles south of the Wisconsin border. But a vehicle turned into a driveway in front of him, and the motorcyclist could not avoid the collision. He was rushed to a Rockford hospital with severe injuries to his chest, abdomen, and head; and he died three days later.
The motorcycle accident is still under investigation by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police. The story isn’t clear about whether the vehicle that turned into the driveway was also traveling westbound in front of the motorcycle, or was coming toward the bike and tried to turn left across the motorcycle’s path. If the latter scenario turns out to be the case, the surviving family members of the 48-year old man may have solid grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the other vehicle.
This type of suit could enable the plaintiffs to collect reimbursement for burial expenses as well as the medical bills incurred from the victim’s hospital stay. A jury might also award monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of care or companionship; as well as estimated unearned wages that the motorcyclist would have earned in his lifetime.