Motorcycle Crashes Involving Excessive Speed And Racing

As discussed in various areas of this site, there are many factors that may lead to motorcycle accidents. Speeding – especially during racing – is a common contributing factor for serious motorcycle accidents.  Many Illinois motorcycle accidents – including those leading to fatalities – have been discussed on this site in which excessive speed was a primary or contributing factor.  Due to various dynamics, including diminished rider reaction times as well as physics, excessive speed is a particularly problematical issue for motorcyclists as it can lead to motorcycle loss of control.

While this site focuses on Illinois motorcycle accidents, a recent (January 24, 2016) motorcycle crash in Colorado Springs is alleged to have happened because of excessive speed that may have been experienced during motorcycle racing.

As seen in the Fox21news.com article of January 24, 2016, titled “Two motorcycles crash on Powers Boulevard“:

Two motorcycles that were traveling at a high rate of speed, possibly racing, crashed when they struck the center median.

According to police, the crash occurred in the 400 block of Powers Boulevard on Jan. 24. Both motorcyclists traveling southbound crashed into the northbound lanes of traffic.

The motorcycle accident injuries were not specified.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this crash involving two motorcycles can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Fox21 News article mentioned above, as well as the January 24 The Gazette article titled “Powers Boulevard reopens after crash investigation.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience a motorcycle accident injury or fatality in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the legal situation and to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit should be filed.  Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is an Illinois personal injury law firm that concentrates in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.)

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation.

Motorcyclist Injured In Kennedy Expressway Crash

There was a motorcycle accident early this morning (December 28, 2015) on the Kennedy Expressway on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time.  A cause for the accident has not been disclosed.  It is unclear if the sleet that was falling in the area had already started at the time of the accident, which was reported to be 4:18 a.m.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the single-vehicle accident happened in the Kennedy’s (Interstate 90/94) local inbound lanes near Montrose Avenue.

The motorcyclist was taken to Advocate Masonic Medical Center with injuries described as “serious.”

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 28, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Motorcyclist injured in crash on Kennedy Expressway” as well as the December 28 abc7chicago.com article titled “Motorcyclist critically injured in crash on inbound Kennedy Expressway near Montrose Avenue.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience a motorcycle accident injury or fatality in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the legal situation and to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit should be filed.  Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is an Illinois personal injury law firm that concentrates in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.)

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation.

Excessive Speed As A Factor In Motorcycle Accidents

In the November 24, 2015 post, titled “NHTSA Statistics Regarding 2014 & 2015 Traffic Deaths,” various statistics and findings regarding fatal traffic accidents are discussed.  Some of the findings are specific to fatal motorcycle accidents.

However, there are factors that are constant among fatal traffic accidents involving any type of vehicle.  As discussed in that post, drunk driving, distracted driving, and “drowsy driving” are common factors underlying a significant percentage of fatal traffic accidents.

One of the other factors highlighted in the NHTSA statistics is that of (excessive) speed as a factor in accidents.  As stated in the NHTSA press release, “… speeding was a factor in more than one in four deaths.”

As discussed in various parts of this site, speeding is a common contributing factor for motorcycle accidents.  Many Illinois motorcycle accidents – including those fatal – have been discussed on this site in which excessive speed was a primary or contributing factor to crashes resulting in injuries.  Excessive speed is a particularly problematical issue for motorcyclists as it can lead to loss of control of the motorcycle, especially in situations in which unexpected conditions arise, such as a sharp turn in the roadway or an unexpected road hazard.

While motorcycle riding has diminished in Illinois over the winter months, a recent fatal motorcycle accident in Missouri involved high speed riding.  The motorcycle accident happened Monday (December 14, 2015) in St. Louis.  The motorcyclist was identified as Jason Tang, 22, of St. Louis.  The accident is discussed in various sources, including the December 15, 2015 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article titled “Motorcyclist killed in St. Louis crash is identified” as well as the December 15 ksdk.com article (with video) titled “Motorcyclist in fatal crash ID’d.”

An excerpt from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article:

The crash happened at about 1:55 p.m. Monday. Police say Tang was heading south at a high rate of speed on Gravois, approaching the intersection with Nagel.

A woman, 31, in a vehicle had stopped at the stop sign on Nagel at Gravois. When she pulled into the intersection, the motorcycle hit the side of her vehicle, police say.

Tang was declared dead at the accident scene.  The driver of the vehicle was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.

The accident investigation is ongoing.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this motorcycle accident can be seen in various media sources, including those two sources mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience a motorcycle accident injury or fatality in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the legal situation and to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit should be filed.  Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is an Illinois personal injury law firm that concentrates in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.)

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation.

Motorcyclist Dies Following Crash In Glenview

A motorcyclist has died following a motorcycle accident in Glenview.

The motorcyclist, identified as Bruce Payne, 39, was injured during a motorcycle accident in the 3400 block of East Lake Avenue.

While details on the motorcycle crash are limited in nature, the crash involved an apparent collision between a car and motorcycle.  The accident happened on October 10; Payne died from his accident injuries on November 25.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 26, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man dies month after Glenview crash.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience a motorcycle accident injury or fatality in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the legal situation and to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit should be filed.  Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is an Illinois personal injury law firm that concentrates in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.)

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation.

NHTSA Statistics Regarding 2014 & 2015 Traffic Deaths

On November 24, 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a news release titled “Traffic fatalities fall in 2014, but early estimates show 2015 trending higher.”  The release discusses both 2014 traffic death statistics as well as discusses trends for the first half of 2015.

A couple of excerpts:

The nation saw a slight decline in traffic deaths during 2014. However, an increase in estimated fatalities during the first six months of this year reveals a need to reinvigorate the fight against deadly behavior on America’s roads, the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today.

The news release also mentions the apparent safety benefits of motorcycle helmet use.  On this site, this issue has been discussed on two pages, “Illinois Motorcycle Safety And Helmet Use” as well as the page titled “Motorcycle Helmets – Notable Aspects” and also mentioned in various individual posts.

An excerpt from the NHTSA press release concerning motorcycle helmets and other traffic safety statistics:

Additional 2014 crash data show:

  • Drunk driving crashes continue to represent roughly one-third of fatalities, resulting in 9,967 deaths in 2014.

  • Nearly half (49%) of passenger vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts.

  • The number of motorcyclists killed was far higher in states without strong helmet laws, resulting in 1,565 lives lost in 2014.

  • Cyclist deaths declined by 2.3 percent, but pedestrian deaths rose by 3.1 percent from the previous year. In 2014, there were 726 cyclists and 4,884 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes.

  • Distracted driving accounted for 10 percent of all crash fatalities, killing 3,179 people in 2014.

  • Drowsy driving accounted for 2.6 percent of all crash fatalities; at least 846 people died in these crashes in 2014.

Additional details can be found in the NHTSA press release mentioned above, as well as the November 25 Chicago Tribune article titled “US Traffic deaths rise 8 percent in first half of 2015.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience a motorcycle accident injury or fatality in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the legal situation and to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit should be filed.  Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is an Illinois personal injury law firm that concentrates in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.)

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation.

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