I’ve preached constantly about the need for drivers of passenger vehicles to keep a watchful eye out for motorcycles on Illinois roads. This means paying attention while changing lanes, crossing intersections, and making left turns so as to avoid colliding with motorcyclists. It should go unsaid that motorists should especially watch out for motorcycles if they plan on making an illegal maneuver with their vehicle.
One of these unlawful incidents resulted in a motorcycle accident in Springfield last week. On Thursday afternoon around 3:15pm, a 35-year old Riverton man was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle east on Illinois Route 54 in the left lane of a two-lane roadway. A 24-year old man from Iowa was driving a pickup truck ahead of the motorcyclist in the right lane.
For some reason, the Iowa man decided to make a U-turn at the intersection of Camp Butler Road just east of I-55. In doing so, the pickup crossed in front of the bike, which struck the left side of the truck. The Riverton man was ejected from the Harley and flew over the hood of the pickup truck. He was transported to a Springfield hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The Iowa man was cited for making an improper U-turn (which should have been made from the left lane of the road).
As a result, the injured motorcyclist has the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the pickup driver, who will almost certainly be held fully responsible for the motorcycle accident and the resulting injuries. This legal action could allow the plaintiff to receive reimbursement for ambulance charges, medical expenses, and physical therapy costs that he has incurred and may incur in the future. If the Riverton man is forced to miss work because of his injuries, this suit could compensate him for those lost wages as well.