With Memorial Day Weekend coming up, motorists in Illinois need to be aware of the increased presence of motorcycles on the state’s roads. Many motorcyclists like to take weekend road trips across Illinois, so drivers of cars and trucks should watch out for them. But it’s also essential that motorcyclists themselves exercise caution while driving on the roads as well.
Otherwise, motorcycle accidents like the one that took place last weekend in Will County might occur. Around 7:15pm on Sunday evening, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle collided with an Isuzu Rodeo sport utility vehicle near the intersection of Taylor and Weber Roads, which is just southwest of Romeoville and about a mile and a half northwest of Lewis University Airport. The driver of the SUV wasn’t hurt, but the 52-year old male motorcyclist from Joliet and his passenger, a 49-year old Romeoville woman, both had to be transported to nearby hospitals due to injuries.
From the news story, it’s unclear as to which vehicle was at fault in the motorcycle accident. If the SUV is found to be responsible for the crash, then both the Joliet man and the Romeoville woman could file personal injury lawsuits against the driver of the Rodeo. But if the motorcyclist is found to be liable, then he wouldn’t be able to file such a suit – but the woman could still pursue a personal injury lawsuit against him, because Illinois law states that all motorcycle operators are responsible for the safety of their passengers.
As a result of this legal action, the woman (and the Joliet man, if he isn’t at fault) may be entitled to collect reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospitalization expenses, treatment and medication costs, and even physical therapy sessions – as well as any unearned wages due to work absenteeism and maybe even monetary damages for pain and suffering.