Motorcyclist Dies Following Collision Near Westchester

Vehicles that cross the center line, thereby striking an oncoming motorcyclist in a head-on collision (or in another direct manner) has been seen in a number of Illinois motorcycle accidents, some recent.  Two notable fatal Illinois motorcycle crashes involving a motorist crossing the center line and colliding with one or more motorcyclists are discussed in the July 18, 2016 post titled “Fatal Motorcycle Accident Involving Tow Truck In Montgomery County” as well as the July 16, 2016 post titled “Fatal Accident In Fox Lake Involving Motorcycles.”

Another accident has occurred in which a vehicle crossed over the center line and struck a motorcyclist, after which the motorcyclist died from his accident injuries.

The La Grange Patch article of July 22, 2016, titled “Chicago Man Charged With Leaving Scene of Deadly Motorcycle Crash” describes the fatal collision.  The accident happened Tuesday morning (July 19, 2016) near Westchester.  The collision happened on LaGrange Road near Cermak.

As seen in the article, the motorist was identified as Carlos Montenegro, 24, of Chicago.  He allegedly fled the accident scene.

The motorcyclist was identified as Pasquale Mastrodomenico, 47, of Westmont.

An excerpt from the Patch article:

The prosecutor said Montenegro made a statement to police that he had fallen asleep behind the wheel on his way to work at a LaGrange barbershop. It is not known if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the La Grange Patch article mentioned above.  The obituary for Pasquale Mastrodomenico can be found at this link.

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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 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ 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.

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Pavement Buckling As A Road Hazard

Road hazards are a subject that has been discussed often on this site, as such road hazards are particularly hazardous to motorcyclists.  Road hazards can take many forms, including items that are sitting on the roadway or are falling off of other vehicles.  These items, including deer running across the roadway, often are unexpected and pose a challenge to the motorcyclists who are seeking to avoid hitting such objects.

As well, there are various types of road hazards relating to pavement deformities, including potholes, broken pavement, uneven pavement, large cracks, and gravel.

These various road hazards, if hit or run over by a motorcycle, can lead to the loss of control of the motorcycle, which often leads to a motorcycle accident.  On this site, there have been many Illinois motorcycle accidents due to road hazards, often leading to serious accident injuries if not fatal injuries.

One type of road hazard that is both unexpected and potentially (very) dangerous to motorcyclists is that of buckling pavement.  This typically happens during high outdoor temperatures, and typically involves a substantial, unforeseen “bump” forming on the roadway as the pavement breaks apart and rises.  While this pavement buckling is rare, it does happen.  One recent example in the Chicago area was seen on South Lake Shore Drive in July 2016, and is discussed in the July 12, 2016 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “The Reason Lake Shore Drive Pavement Buckles.”

On July 20, 2016, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a warning about pavement buckling, given that Chicago area weather (along with other weather in the region) is expected to climb well into the 90-100 degree range.  The IDOT news release is titled “Extreme Heat Could Lead to Pavement Failures.” (pdf)  An Excerpt from the release:

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is urging motorists to be on the alert for the possibility of pavement buckling on roads throughout the state in the next few days due to the recent rainfall and extreme heat in the forecast. The combination of very high temperatures and precipitation can lead to pavement expanding and ultimately buckling or blowing out, causing uneven driving surfaces in some areas. As long as the heat and humidity persists, IDOT will be monitoring the situation, with crews available to make repairs as quickly as possible if they are needed.

Additional details regarding this possible pavement buckling can be seen in the IDOT and CBS Chicago 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 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ 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.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Involving Tow Truck In Montgomery County

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday evening (July 17, 2016) in Montgomery County.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened at approximately 6:15 p.m., as two motorcyclists – one with a passenger – were traveling west on Burg Road, just to the north of Illinois 185.

The two motorcyclists were identified as Ricky L. Wyant, 59, of Mulberry Grove, and Dustin Wyant, 36, of Filmore.   At about 6:15 p.m., they encountered an eastbound tow truck.

An excerpt from the July 18, 2016 sj-r.com article titled “Fatal Montgomery County motorcycle accident caused by swerving tow truck, authorities told“:

According to witness statements, the truck crossed the center line, which caused Ricky and Dustin to lay down their motorcycles to avoid a collision.

Ricky Wyant was pronounced dead at the accident scene.  Dustin was treated for his accident injuries at the scene.  Dustin’s passenger, identified as Shalet Wyant, 32, of Filmore, was taken to Hillsboro Area Hospital for treatment of accident injuries.

The tow truck did not stop following the accident.  The tow truck was described as a black roll back tow truck with orange and/or yellow writing.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is asking those who may have information concerning the accident or the tow truck to call them.  They can be reached at at (217) 532-9511 or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-352-0136. Tips can also be emailed to macmontcrimestoppers.com or by texting 722TIP and your message to 274637.

Additional details regarding this fatal Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the sj-r.com article mentioned above, as well as the July 18 foxillinois.com article titled “One Dead In Montgomery County Motorcycle 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 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ 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 After Crash In Elgin

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday (July 17, 2016) evening in Elgin.  This fatal accident involved a motorcycle loss of control.

According to the Elgin Police Department, officers responded to the accident scene at 5:52 p.m.  The accident happened near Center Street and Dexter Avenue, as shown below:

According to the Elgin Police Department, the crash only involved the motorcycle, and happened as a motorcyclist (on a Harley-Davidson) traveling southbound on Center Street lost control of the bike, struck a curb, and then struck a utility pole.

The motorcyclist, initially identified only as a 45-year-old male, was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin, where he was pronounced dead.

The accident is being investigated by the Elgin Police Department Traffic Unit.  Those with information with regard to the accident are asked to call the Elgin Police Department at (840) 289-2661 or by texting 847411 and including ELGINPD in the beginning of the text, along with the message and information.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in the July 18, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in crash in Elgin” as well as the July 18 Daily Herald article titled “One killed in Elgin motorcyclist 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 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ 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 And Passenger Injured In I-57 Loss Of Control Accident

There was a motorcycle accident on Interstate 57 (I-57) in Jefferson County.   The accident involved a motorcycle loss of control in an area undergoing road construction.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened on northbound I-57 at approximately 11:00 a.m.  At that time, a motorcycle with passenger crashed.

An excerpt from thesouthern.com article of July 17, 2016, titled “Two from Indiana injured in motorcycle crash“:

William Hogan, 76, of Kokomo, Indiana, was northbound 11 a.m. on I57, near milepost 103, along with passenger Gladys Hogan, 72. The roadway is under construction and the lanes uneven. William Hogan lost control of the motorcycle on the uneven roadway and crashed into the guardrail.

Both were taken to Crossroads Hospital in Mount Vernon for treatment of their accident injuries.  William Hogan was later airlifted to a hospital in the St. Louis area.
Additional details regarding this Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including thesouthern.com article mentioned above as well as the wjbdradio.com article of July 18 titled “2 People Injured In I-57 wreck.”

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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 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ 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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