Some areas of the country are suitable for riding a motorcycle year-round because temperate weather and a climate made for riding are present. Chicago, though, presents enough issues in the wintertime that most people in the city who choose to ride a motorcycle do so only in the spring, summer, and fall months. Once the snow and ice of winter begin to fall, the majority of Illinois motorcycles are put away and stored for the season.
This means that at present, many of the motorcycles of Chicago are out and running on the streets, expressways, and interstates of the city and of the surrounding areas as spring has finally arrived. With the reappearance of motorcycles comes a reminder to everyone that motorcycle safety is important and that it should be considered at all times while operating a vehicle. Mistakenly, many drivers who operate cars but not motorcycles believe that bike safety is not a concern for them since they do not ride; yet as anyone can be involved in a collision with a motorcycle, including those who only drive or ride in cars, trucks, or vans, safety should matter to everyone and all Chicago-area operators should attempt to prevent motorcycle accidents whenever possible.
The year 2015 has already proven fatal to some riders in Illinois and another fatality was added to the growing list on Monday when a collision with a car claimed the life of a rider. Police in Romeoville were informed of the crash which occurred shortly before 2:00 p.m. near the intersection of Weber Road and Grand Boulevard and they responded to the scene. At this time, officials have reported that an 82-year-old female driver attempted a left-hand turn at the intersection without yielding the right-of-way to an oncoming motorcycle driven by a 58-year-old woman. The car entered the path of the motorcycle and the two vehicles collided, critically injuring the biker and causing her death. The elderly driver of the car was injured in the incident but is expected to recover.
Police have cited the driver of the car for failing to yield and the outcome of their ongoing investigation will reveal if any other charges or citations are brought against the woman.
Nothing can erase the hurt and the suffering that results when a loved one or a family member is killed in a motorcycle accident. No matter what steps are taken, that victim will not return to his or her place with family and the loss experienced by the surviving members will be felt indefinitely.
Yet in Chicago, the surviving family members of a motorcycle accident victim may still be able to obtain monetary relief to help them move forward financially after the crash and to enable them to cover expenses and provide for the family as a result of the crash.
The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. believe that all victims and their family members deserve to understand their legal options before they make any kind of commitment so we offer a free case consultation without obligation to all those who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575. We understand that your life can change in a moment so we keep a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call and to help you understand your options.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we have experience representing numerous motorcycle victims and we are ready to fight for you as well so do not wait – call Abels & Annes, P.C. and let us get to work for you.
Prior Blog Entry:
Pedestrian Accident Leaves 2 in Critical Condition in Calumet Heights, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, published May 12, 2015.
Motorcyclist dies in crash with car in Romeoville, by Joseph Ruzich, Chicago Tribune, published May 19, 2015.