Riding on a motorcycle in the warm Illinois weather can be exciting and invigorating. You get to enjoy the great outdoors, the roar of the engine, and the exhilarating experience of speed all at the same time. But the thrill and pleasure of this activity can turn to fear and dread in moments if a motorcycle accident takes place – especially if you are a passenger on the bike and unable to control the situation.
Sadly, a woman’s life was cut short this week as the result of a fatal motorcycle crash in Sangamon County. On Saturday evening around 7:30pm, a 56-year old man was operating a motorcycle on which a 48-year old woman was a passenger. The bike was traveling west on Stevenson Drive in Springfield near Lake Springfield (about a mile north of Interstate 72) when a car slowed down in front of it to turn right onto Woodward Road. A 34-year old woman driving a Chrysler Sebring was trying to turn left onto Stevenson from Woodward, and the bike collided with the car and ejected both riders. The 48-year old woman succumbed to her injuries Wednesday afternoon.
The 34-year old woman says that the right-turning car blocked her view of the motorcycle as she was turning left. A witness to the motorcycle accident said that the bike switched lanes right as the Sebring was turning. The crash is still under investigation by Springfield Police.
The surviving family members of the 48-year old motorcycle passenger may want to file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to recoup hospital costs and burial charges, collect unearned future wages, and perhaps get monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of care or companionship. But they won’t be able to file such a suit until the investigation is completed and the authorities determine whether the 56-year old motorcyclist or the 34-year old Sebring driver were responsible of the accident – or that both of them shared the blame.