Motorcyclists in Illinois have to keep their eyes on the road, especially at night when motorists are less likely to see them. Motorcycle riders must pay attention to what’s in front of them in anticipation of a car pulling out from a driveway ahead or a pickup truck trying to make a left turn in front of them. Also, motorcyclists need to be aware of who’s on either side of them so they don’t get struck by a minivan trying to change lanes or a sport utility vehicle trying to merge into the bike’s lane.
Unfortunately, motorcyclists don’t have eyes in the backs of their heads, which makes them vulnerable to rear-end collisions – like one which took place late last month in Kane County.
Around 11:30pm on the night of Friday, September 27, a 39-year old DeKalb man was riding his motorcycle on Illinois Route 38 in Virgil Township about 2 1/2 miles west of Elburn. When he was just east of the intersection with Meredith Road, the bike was rear-ended by a Chevrolet Cavalier. The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital in Geneva. The 33-year old Aurora man who was driving the car was subsequently arrested on charges of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
It’s pretty evident that the Aurora man will be held primarily or completely responsible for the motorcycle accident and the injuries to the DeKalb man. Therefore, the motorcyclists may elect to file a personal injury lawsuit against the Cavalier driver. This type of lawsuit could allow the victim to collect reimbursement for medical care expenses, unearned wages from time missed at work, and perhaps monetary damages for pain and suffering. If the 33-year old is indeed convicted of DUI, he may also be ordered to pay punitive damages to the plaintiff as well.