This blog talks a lot about collisions between motorcycles and passenger vehicles in Illinois. That’s because many drivers of cars, trucks, minivans, or sport utility vehicles don’t always watch for motorcyclists as carefully as they should. So when they change lanes, stop, or merge into traffic, they sometimes collided with motorcycles.
But not all motorcycle accidents follow this pattern. Sometimes, motorcyclists crash into each other.
That’s what happened on Interstate 90 in Cook County earlier this month. On the evening of Wednesday, October 2 around 7:30pm, a motorcycle was traveling west on I-90 (also known as the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) in Des Plaines just north of O’Hare International Airport. Shortly after the bike passed Lee Street, it reportedly struck the rear of another motorcycle. According to Illinois State Police, the driver of the bike that was rear-ended was uninjured, but the 30-year old man driving the other motorcycle and a 26-year old passenger on that bike both had to be taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Based on the information given, it appears that the 30-year old man will be held fully liable for the motorcycle accident. And since Illinois law states that all drivers are responsible for the safety of their passengers, he will be held accountable for the injuries to his passenger. Assuming that the two injury victims are not related to each other, the passenger could choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the 30-year old man. This suit could allow the plaintiff to collect reimbursement for any medical costs incurred as a result of the wreck, including ambulance costs, hospitalization charges, treatment and procedure expenses, medications, and even future physical therapy sessions. The passenger could also be awarded compensation for any unearned wages from work absenteeism due to the collision, and perhaps even monetary damages for pain and suffering.