Misconceptions surround the truth when it comes to motorcycle accidents in Chicago. One common belief is that bikers risk their own safety by operating in conditions that are less than ideal, increasing the risks that a collision will take place. In fact, though, more than 90 percent of all motorcycle collisions that happen in the state of Illinois take place on clear days and on dry pavement.
Bikers usually are very cautious when it comes to how they drive and as a group, they tend to avoid dangerous situations whenever possible. Some exercise extreme caution when the approach an intersection even if they have the right-of-way, out of a fear that motorists will either fail to see them or fail to respect their rights. And these concerns are valid as some of the safest bikers in the Chicago area are injured on a regular basis due to the actions of others, including those that drive cars.
Once a crash takes place, the consequences of that impact cannot be undone or erased, leaving anyone hurt in that accident to pick up the pieces and move forward with his or her life. That can include countless trips to see doctors, weeks or even months of rehabilitative care, surgeries, nursing assistance, and even occupational therapy. Beyond the medical aspect, injuries may prevent a victim from work and from earning a living or may cause a victim to endure pain and suffering while his or her injuries heal. The worst incidents claim the lives of someone involved and cause the suffering of that crash to spread beyond the victim who is killed and to that victim’s family members, loved ones, and friends.
Now, police in unincorporated Antioch have confirmed that a collision between a motorcyclist and a passenger vehicle happened on Wednesday morning there and that the biker lost his life as a result. The suspected driver of the passenger car is facing charges for her role in the collision and is being held in lieu of bail at this time where it remains unclear whether she will post bail.
The accident happened around 4:00 a.m. on Route 173 near North Linden Lane and involved only the motorcycle and a car. It is not yet clear why the two vehicles collided but authorities claim that the 34-year-old female driver of the car fled the scene after the impact, without checking on the biker and without alerting authorities. Approximately six hours later, the suspected driver called police and informed them that she was in a crash with a biker and that she left the scene out of fear, leading authorities to arrest her and charge her with leaving the scene of a collision and failing to render aid.
Tragically, the 50-year-old male riding the motorcycle lost his life due to the injuries he sustained in the collision.
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident in Chicago, make sure you have a full and complete understanding of your legal rights and your legal options so that you can make the best decisions for your future. If you have questions, need guidance, or are looking for representation by an attorney, know that the personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. are here to help.
We offer all victims and their family members a free, no-obligation consultation regarding their case when they call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575. We believe in working on our clients’ schedules so we have a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you whenever you need it – even if you need assistance outside of normal business hours.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we have helped countless victims of motorcycle collisions and if you have been hurt, we want to help you as well. Call us now and learn about your options for financial compensation for your injuries.
Prior Blog Entry:
Single Car Crash in Lake County Kills 3, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published August 27, 2105.
Antioch woman’s bail set at $250,000 in fatal motorcycle crash, by Frank S. Abderholden, News-Sun, Chicago Tribune, published August 27, 2015.