I’ve written countless stories about motorcyclists getting hurt (or killed) by inattentive or negligent drivers in Illinois. Since bikes lack the natural exterior protections afforded by passenger vehicles, riders tend to suffer more serious injuries in a motorcycle accident than the drivers of the other vehicles. The good news is that these motorcyclists are entitled to financial relief – and one of them is demanding that an at-fault driver be held accountable.
Back on August 17, a man was riding his Harley Davidson east on State Route 177 about a mile west of Mascoutah and a couple miles south of Scott Air Force Base. Near the intersection of Keck Road, a westbound vehicle crossed the center line of the highway and struck the motorcycle.
Last month, the motorcyclist filed an Illinois personal injury lawsuit in St. Clair County against the driver of the vehicle. The Harley rider claims in the suit that he suffered facial scarring, a broken collarbone and nose, fractured ribs, a lacerated liver, a collapsed lung, and a brain injury. As a result of those injuries, the suit states, he was unable to pursue gainful employment and was left with significant medical costs. He is seeking damages in excess of $50,000.
The lawsuit states that the driver of the vehicle was responsible for the Illinois motorcycle accident and the plaintiff’s injuries. The defendant is accused of failing to drive at a safe speed, keep a proper lookout, maintain control of his vehicle, and stay in the correct lane of traffic.
It could take months or even years to finally resolve this suit. But hopefully, the motorcyclist will either receive a substantial settlement which will allow him to pay off his medical bills and get compensated for his inability to work; or a jury will render a verdict that orders the defendant to pay an appropriate amount of monetary damages.