On behalf of Frederick & Hagle posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Thursday, June 20, 2013.of
As many Illinois residents know, riding motorcycles can be a way of life for many enthusiasts. Some enjoy joining clubs and taking cross-country trips that allow for pleasant events with other motorcycle devotees. Others simply enjoy taking a ride with a family member or sharing their passion with their children. Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle can present more inherent danger than riding in a larger vehicle. Motorcycles are harder to see, and many other drivers can overlook them, causing a usually tragic motorcycle accident.
One Illinois man was riding his motorcycle with his 10-year-old son when an accident occurred. The two were travelling west when another vehicle entered their path by turning in front of the motorcycle at an intersection. The father was unable to avoid hitting the other vehicle and a collision occurred. Both father and son were thrown from the motorcycle. The father was pronounced dead at the scene, and the son was taken to a local hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the tragic event that ended with the death of the father and young son. As of this time an improper turn charge has been filed against the other driver and there are other pending charges as well. The other driver could be facing more serious allegations than an improper turn if other circumstances are found to have been a factor in the accident.
The loss of a life due to a motorcycle accident is always heartbreaking and more so when a young child is involved. The mother of the child and other family members are undoubtedly experiencing tremendous grief. On top of their emotional turmoil, they must also arrange not only one but two funerals, which can add a significant financial burden to their already tragic situation. The family may be entitled to compensation for their financial stress as well as other damages permitted under Illinois law, and looking into information on wrongful death claims could be beneficial.
Source: Quad-City Times, “Father, son killed in motorcycle crash,” Tom Geyer, June 16, 2013