According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle riders are roughly 35 times more likely to be involved in a deadly traffic accident than the drivers of passenger vehicles. Those are pretty frightening odds to begin with, and this time of year the late-fall weather isn’t doing motorcyclists any favors. Yesterday, a motorcycle accident in Montgomery County resulted in the death of a Springfield man.
According to reports from the Illinois State Police, the collision occurred at approximately 12:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon on Interstate 55. Initial analysis claims that the victim was riding his 2013 Honda Goldwing northbound near post 60 when he crashed into the rear end of a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban, which was pulling a U-Haul trailer. Further investigation of the incident revealed that the suburban had slowed down due to traffic at the same moment that another vehicle traveling behind it switched lanes abruptly. The motorcyclist was left unable to react to the situation in time, and although he attempted to reduce his speed, he struck the vehicle. The man was pronounced dead as the scene shortly after medical staff arrived. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
More than half of all motorcycle deaths involve at least one other vehicle, and many other motorcycle accidents are caused by riders not being able to react in time to the behaviors of drivers around them. Poor weather conditions, not utilizing turn signals, abrupt lane changes, and illegal passing are all very common impetuses for such collisions. While there are certainly fewer motorcycles on the road now that the weather has grown colder, it is still incredibly important to be cognizant of your surroundings when driving, and act responsibly to prevent these kinds of accidents. (MotorcycleAccident.org)
Motorcyclists are bereft of the safety features that keep many automobile accident victims relatively safe. They have no airbags, seat belts, or crumple zones to slow their momentum or soften impacts, and as a result, they often experience very serious injuries. Things like nerve damage, broken and dislocated bones, and whiplash can all prevent individuals from being able to work to pay for their medical expenses, and in more extreme circumstances, head and spinal cord injuries can forever change the way someone lives, as well as their ability to taken care of themselves and others. If you have been a victim of a motorcycle accident, or you are the survivor of an individual who has been killed or injured in this way, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Chicago lawyers represent clients throughout the state of Illinois who have suffered personal injuries due to the negligent and reckless actions of another person.