A larger number of auto accidents occur during the nighttime hours in Illinois and around the country than in daylight. That may seem counterintuitive, because there are a lot more vehicles on the roads during the day when people are traveling to work or school and/or running errands. One of the reasons that there are more accidents at night is because of the marked decrease in visibility even in well-lighted areas. This makes it more difficult to judge distances between vehicles when all drivers have for reference is a headlight or two.
In theory, judging distances during the daytime should be pretty easy – but serious accidents still occur.
One collision last month has left a man trying to recover from life-threatening injuries. On the afternoon of Tuesday, July 23 around 3pm, a 33-year old man was driving north on Martin Luther King Junior Drive in Springfield about 2/3 of a mile east of Interstate 55. Just before Clear Lake Avenue, a van traveling south on MLK turned left in front of him. The motorcycle struck the van, and the 33-year old had to be rushed to a nearby hospital with critical injuries. It’s quite possible that the van’s driver misjudged the distance between his or her vehicle and the bike before making the left turn.
From the information provided, it appears that the van’s driver will be held primarily or solely responsible for the motorcycle accident. So if the motorcyclist wishes to do so, he could file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the van. This legal action could allow the victim to collect reimbursement for the undoubtedly hefty medical bills that he will be saddled with as a result of his hospitalization. He may also get compensation for unearned wages from missing work, and possibly even monetary damages for pain and suffering.