Bolingbrook, Illinois car versus motorcycle accident results in fatality

A 38-year-old Bolingbrook resident was killed in an Illinois motorcycle accident on Friday, according to Tribune local. The collision occurred just before 3:30 PM on Route 53. The motorcyclist was rushed by ambulance to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and was pronounced dead at 4:07 PM.

The Chicago area accident occurred when a northbound Saturn on Route 53 struck the motorcycle rider while turning left to get onto North Beaconridge Drive. The Bolingbrook Police Department is handling the crash investigation, and police representatives indicate charges could be filed when the investigation is complete.

The driver of the Saturn and a passenger, who are also Bolingbrook residents, were both injured and take to Bolingbrook Hospital. They were both treated and released.

Under Illinois law, the driver turning left as the duty to yield to oncoming traffic (625 ILCS 5/11‑902). In my experience as a Chicago personal injury lawyer, is common for left turning drivers to sufficiently look out for oncoming cars, but then fail to notice smaller vehicles such as motorcycles or bicycles. It is also common for left turning drivers to forget to look for pedestrians.