We’ve focused at length on this blog about the many ways that motorcyclists can be victimized in auto accidents in Illinois. Drivers of passenger vehicles often fail to see motorcycles when changing lanes, turning left, or passing other cars. However, there are also instances where motorcyclists are the cause of collisions.
Two examples occurred within about four hours of each other in Illinois earlier this month. The first crash took place shortly after 10:15pm on Friday, September 6. In Jackson County, a 59-year old man was riding a motorcycle along with a 33-year old female passenger. The bike was going around a curve on Ava Road just west of Illinois 127 (which is a bit north of Murphysboro) when the motorcycle left the roadway. The woman was injured and taken to a local hospital, and the man had to be flown to a St. Louis hospital because of the severity of his injuries.
Then another motorcycle accident happened around 2am on Saturday, September 7 on the Far South Side of Chicago. According to Chicago Police, the 37-year old man was riding on South Stony Island Street just north of Lake Calumet (and about a mile east of the Bishop Ford Freeway) when his bike struck a parked motorcycle on the side of the road. The 37-year old man was pronounced dead at the scene, and a 53-year old man who was sitting on the parked bike was rushed to an Oak Lawn hospital in serious condition.
Even though the two men who caused the motorcycle accidents suffered greater bodily harm than their victims, they will still be held liable for the crashes and the resulting injuries. That means that the 33-year old woman could file a personal injury lawsuit against the 59-year old man in Jackson County; while the 53-year old man could do the same against the estate of the 37-year old man.