Motorcyclists love rural roads. They can cruise at a constant speed, enjoy the tranquility of open spaces, and get away from large numbers of passenger cars who always seem to be in their way. After all, people who ride motorcycles can grow tired of always having to be on guard for motorists who may not see them on the roadways.
Unfortunately, the vehicles that motorcyclists do encounter on rural roads often are not any more careful than those they deal with on city streets.
The apparent negligence of one driver resulted in a motorcycle accident and a victim being airlifted to a Champaign hospital this week. On Monday afternoon right after 5pm, a 2007 Harley Davidson was travelling west on Illinois Route 24 in Ford County about 9 miles west of Interstate 57. According to Illinois State Police, a 2000 Cadillac moving eastbound struck the motorcycle as it tried to turn left onto Illinois Route 115 in the village of Piper City. The 21-year old Cullom man driving the Cadillac was cited by ISP for failure to yield while turning left. The motorcyclist, a 53-year old man from Wilmington, had to be transported by helicopter to Carle Foundation Hospital with serious injuries.
Based on the information given, the Cullom man will probably be held primarily or completely responsible for the motorcycle accident. That means he could be named as a defendant in a future personal injury lawsuit filed by the Wilmington man. As a result of this legal action, the plaintiff could receive compensation for wages not earned at work due to absenteeism as a result of the crash. He may also get reimbursed for air ambulance charges, hospitalization costs, and treatment and physical therapy expenses. It’s even possible that a jury could award damages to the motorcyclist for pain and suffering.