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Illinois motorcyclist dies in car collision, van driver cited

On behalf of of Frederick & Hagle posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, August 22, 2013.

Motorcyclists face a high risk of serious or fatal injuries on Illinois roadways because they have a lot less protection than vehicle drivers do. Additionally, they are vulnerable because they are sometimes hard to see, especially from larger vehicles. Sadly, a 54-year-old man on a motorcycle died recently in a car collision in Woodstock. While it was reported that the victim was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, the van driver was cited for the accident.

The fatal collision occurred on a Sunday afternoon at an intersection on Route 14. The van driver reportedly did no-t yield as he was making a left hand turn. As a result, he struck the motorcyclist, who was on his way home from a major motorcycle rally.

The van driver was injured in the crash and taken to the hospital. The nature of his injuries was not reported, but they were said to be non-life threatening. Police cited him after the crash for failure to yield.

While the lack of a helmet may have contributed to the motorcyclist’s fatal injuries, the van driver’s citation is evidence that he acted in a negligent manner that contributed to the car collision. The family of the decedent may benefit from researching what legal recourse they may take under the personal injury laws of Illinois. They may be able to seek compensation in the form of a wrongful death suit. If they are successful, the compensation they are awarded may assist them with final expenses and additional financial hardships resulting from the fatal crash. Additionally, such a suit may help them obtain a sense of closure as they try to move on with their lives.

Source: Palatine Patch, “Area Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash,” Amie Schaenzer, Aug. 12, 2013

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