Motorcyclists know all too well that it can sometimes be dangerous straddling a two-wheeler on Illinois roads. And it’s not just about keeping control of the bike. They have to watch out for hazardous road conditions, inclement weather, and (most importantly) the inattention of passenger car drivers who don’t always see motorcycles very well. And when other drivers are also dealing with darkness and alcohol, motorcycling can be downright treacherous.
Tragically, a motorcyclist is fighting for his life after a serious motorcycle crash in Lake County. On Monday night around 8:30pm, a 21-year old Buffalo Grove man was riding westbound on Old Route 53, about a quarter mile south of the Twin Orchard Country Club in the Chicago suburb of Long Grove. A GMC Arcadia sport utility vehicle which was southbound on Robert Parker Coffin Road tried to turn left and go east on Route 53. But its driver apparently didn’t see the motorcycle, which crashed into the side of the turning SUV.
The Buffalo Grove man was rushed to a hospital in Libertyville with life-threatening injuries. The 43-year old Chicago man driving the SUV was subsequently arrested on charges of driving under the influence. He was also cited for failing to yield the right of way.
Should the motorcyclist survive his injuries, he appears to have solid grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the Chicago man. Such a suit could allow the plaintiff to receive reimbursement for ambulance costs, hospitalization charges, and even future physical therapy expenses. A jury could also award damages for pain and suffering as well as compensation for time the 21-year old has to miss at work due to his injury.
If the Buffalo Grove man succumbs to his injuries, his family would have a right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the SUV driver.