It’s easy to see why motorcyclists sometimes get annoyed with drivers of passenger vehicles. Almost every motorcyclist has a story about how another motorist didn’t see the bike and almost caused (or did cause) a motorcycle accident. One factor in many of these collisions is the difficulty many motorists have with judging the speed of a motorcycle when it is coming toward them. This task is especially tough if the motorist in question has been consuming alcohol.
This may have been the case in a fatal motorcycle accident which occurred in Rockford earlier this month. On the evening of Thursday, June 13, a 25-year old Machesney Park man was riding his motorcycle south on Perryville Road just past East Riverside Boulevard (less than a mile west of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) shortly before 9:30pm. At the same time, a minivan was traveling north on Perryville toward the bike and attempted to turn west onto Weaver Road. When the minivan turned in front of the motorcycle, the two vehicles collided. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at a Rockford hospital a short time later due to severe, chest, abdomen, and head injuries. The driver of the minivan, a man from Rockford, was subsequently arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
It’s a near certainty that the minivan driver will be held primarily or completely responsible for the collision and the ensuing death of the Machesney Park man. Should they wish to do so, the motorcyclist’s surviving family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the DUI suspect. This legal action could allow the family to receive reimbursement for ambulance, hospital, and burial expenses; as well as monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of companionship. They may also be entitled to the estimate wages that the Machesney Park man would have earned in his lifetime had the crash never taken place.