Motorcyclists who ride their bikes in Illinois have to keep a close eye out for all different types of drivers lest they become victimized in a motorcycle accident. They have to watch for car drivers who don’t check their blind spots before switching lanes. They have to be careful of SUV drivers who try to make left turns in front of them. And they have to hope that weary pickup drivers coming up behind them stop in time to avoid a rear-end collision.
Apparently, motorcyclists in Illinois now have to be wary of cop cars turning into their lanes as well.
That’s what took place in Springfield over last month. On August 18 around 4pm, a Illinois State Police trooper from Ashkum was in his car on northbound Elizabeth Street waiting to turn right onto Sangamon Avenue (just south of the Illinois State Fairgrounds). According to reports, the trooper saw another driver motion him forward. But when the trooper began making his turn, an eastbound motorcycle that he didn’t see emerged, struck the ISP squad car, and then careened into a parked car. The 19-year old motorcyclist was rushed to a Springfield hospital because of his injuries.
From the information given, the trooper will probably be held primarily or solely responsible for the motorcycle accident. This means that the 19-year old man could choose to file a personal injury lawsuit not only against the trooper, but also against the Illinois State Police as well (since state law says that employers are responsible for the actions of their employees). The motorcyclist may be able to collect reimbursement for medical costs, including ambulance charges, treatment and medication expenses, and physical therapy sessions. If the victim had to miss work due to his injuries, he could also receive compensation for those unearned wages.