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Illinois motorcycle accident kills woman, injures others

On behalf of of Frederick & Hagle posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Friday, August 16, 2013.

Maintaining a proper following distance is an important road rule for all drivers to obey. If a driver is following too closely to another driver, they may end up colliding with the vehicle in front of them should that vehicle need to stop for any reason. Though this type of accident can be on the less severe side, if a large vehicle follows too closely to a motorcyclist, the situation can become quite serious. A motorcycle accident has a much higher risk of escalating to a devastating accident if the smaller vehicles are struck by larger ones.

Two women were traveling on separate motorcycles in Illinois when some farming equipment apparently entered the roadway. The two motorcyclists slowed to avoid the equipment but the driver of the vehicle behind them failed to reduce speed and collided with one of the motorcycles. The initial collision caused the motorcycle to collide with the other motorcycle. The cyclist involved in the initial crash was declared dead at the scene, and it was later reported that she suffered a broken neck. The other cyclist also sustained injuries, but was apparently in good condition.

The driver of the other vehicle reportedly sustained minor injuries caused by the deployment of her vehicle’s airbag after the impact. Authorities cited the woman driving the vehicle for not slowing to avoid an accident. Police are continuing to investigate the incident, and it is possible that other charges could follow.

The family of the victim killed in the motorcycle accident is probably facing a difficult grieving period at the unexpected loss of their family member. Such a loss can take much time to grasp and dealing with funeral arrangements and costs can only add to the family’s burden during this time. Funeral expenses can be quite costly, and the family may wish to seek a wrongful death claim against the driver deemed at fault in the accident in order to gain compensation for financial struggles and other damages permissible under Illinois law.

Source: pjstar.com, “Woman cited in North Pekin fatal accident,” Aug. 4, 2013

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