PJStar reported this week on an Illinois motorcycle accident that resulted in the death of a Peoria couple. The couple was driving home together on a motorcycle during the early morning hours this past Sunday. They were stopped behind a small SUV at a red light when a large SUV hit them from behind, forcing the motorcycle into the SUV in front of them. The couple was sadly killed in this accident, leaving behind two young daughters. The operator of the large SUV fled the scene; however, he was located less than an hour later. He was arrested on two charges, one of reckless homicide, and another of DUI. PJStar adds that the couple on the motorcycle was not wearing helmets, and that the operator of the small SUV was also charged with DUI. The parents of the couple recount tales of memories of their children, and their children’s family. There is no official word if the family will take legal action or not.
We encourage drivers to always pay attention to all other vehicles on the road, including motorcycles, bikes, and smaller vehicles that may be hard to see, especially at night. Along with following road signs and rules of the road, it is the responsibility of all drivers to be aware of the people and vehicles they share the road with. Our Illinois car accident attorneys advise motorcyclists to wear helmets to prevent possible serious injury if an accident should occur. Also, check to make sure that each of your lights is working properly and that you have reflectors on your motorcycle.
All of our readers should take driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol seriously, and to avoid it at all costs. It is much easier to lose focus and collide with other vehicles when you are incoherent due to drugs or alcohol. Our Illinois accident attorneys concur that driving intoxicated is absolutely preventable and avoidable. Not only does it put the driver who is influenced by drugs or alcohol at risk, but it also puts other drivers on the road at risk and can lead to personal injury or wrongful death cases.
Additionally, it is also important to realize that a hit and run accident, caused when the negligent driver flees the scene, is considered aggressive driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Aggressive driving can lead to vehicle impoundment or a “double fine” to give aggressive drivers a penalty and hopefully motivate them to avoid this type of road behavior. Our Illinois car accident lawyers advise that if you are involved in an accident of any kind, you should remain at the scene, and call the authorities immediately.
If you have been a victim in this type of accident, or have lost a loved one due to a negligent driver, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries or loss of a family member. A lawsuit may help you attain some peace of mind and reassurance in knowing that a negligent driver will be held accountable for their wrongdoing. Contact us for a free consultation and case evaluation with one of our lawyers.