Residents of Illinois spent the recent Memorial Day weekend in a wide variety of ways. Some visited area lakes for boating and other water activities, while others went to barbecues and parties with families and friends. Many attended services and events dedicated to remembering those members of the armed forces who died while defending our country.
But some people in Virden, a city about 15 miles south of Springfield, spent the weekend mourning the loss of one of their own. On Friday afternoon around 4:45pm, a 25-year old Virden man was riding his motorcycle northbound on North Dirksen Parkway (which is less than a mile west of Interstate 55) about a half mile south of Bissell Road. A sport utility vehicle was turning left out of a business to go south on Dirksen Parkway when the bike collided with the SUV. The motorcyclist later succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital.
The motorcycle accident is still under investigation by Springfield Police. The 65-year old Springfield man who drove the SUV claimed that he waited for traffic to clear before beginning his left turn, but that he saw the motorcycle approaching as he started to make his turn. As of yet, no citations have been issued.
But based on the information, it’s highly likely that the SUV driver will be held primarily or solely responsible for the motorcycle crash and the death of the Virden man. In this case, the surviving family members of the victim could choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Springfield man. Such a suit could allow the family to collect monetary damages for pain and suffering, loss of care or companionship, and other causes of action. The plaintiffs could also receive reimbursement for hospital and burial expenses, as well as compensation for lost future wages that the 25-year old could have earned in his lifetime.