On behalf of Frederick & Hagle posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.of
Many individuals may believe that motorcyclists are easier to see when they are traveling in a group. Though there may be an increase in visibility, a motorcycle accident can still take place if another driver completes a maneuver that creates a hazard. Cutting off a group of motorcyclists may leave little time for a rider to react, and a collision could take place.
A similar situation recently occurred in Illinois that resulted in a fatality. It was reported that the driver of a car attempted to exit a roadway illegally by crossing a solid dividing line and a median that separated express lanes from local lanes. As a result, the vehicle traveled in front of a group of motorcycles. A motorcyclist apparently near the front of the group was unable to avoid hitting the car.
The impact caused the motorcyclist to be thrown from the motorcycle, and he suffered fatal injuries. Authorities reportedly requested that the driver of the car submit to blood and urine tests, but the driver refused. At this time, the driver of the car has been charged with reckless homicide and other allegations relating to the crash.
This fatal Illinois motorcycle accident can have lasting repercussions for the parties involved and the victim’s family. Because criminal charges were leveled against the driver of the car, the family of the decedent may wish to wait until the criminal trial has concluded before pursuing a civil case, if that is a path they want to follow. If the car driver is convicted of the charges, the family may be able to use that information as evidence in a wrongful death suit.
Source: myfoxchicago.com, “Man charged with causing crash that killed off-duty Chicago cop“, Nov. 5, 2014