During the first decade of the 21st century, the state of Illinois has seen a 27% increase in annual motorcycle fatalities when compared to the final year of the 20th century. June of 2012 has certainly been a busy month for motorcycle accidents throughout the state. And this month will forever be remembered with sadness by the family of a Freeport man who died in an accident last week.
On Friday, a 22-year old man lost his life after being involved in a motorcycle crash in the city of Freeport. The man was riding his bike southbound on Galena Avenue when a northbound car tried to turn left in front of him onto Stephenson Street. The motorcycle slammed into the car, and the man was rushed to a hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The 31-year old woman who was behind the wheel of the car was cited by police for failure to yield at an intersection. The intersection where the incident occurred does not have a protected green arrow, so it was likely that both the motorcycle and the car had green lights. But because the car is required to yield to oncoming traffic clear before trying to turn left, the woman will be held liable for the accident.
Because the man was apparently unmarried, his parents would be the ones to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the 31-year old woman because they are his closest surviving adult relatives. The man is also survived by his son, so the suit could ask for damages related to loss of care for the child as well as mental anguish for the rest of the family. A jury could also award compensation for future wages the victim might have earned had he not been involved in the motorcycle accident (he worked at a local paint store), as well as reimbursement to the family for hospital and burial expenses.