Distracted Driving Accidents Involving Motorcyclists

One type of hazard that motorcyclists (as well as other road users, including bicyclists) face is “distracted” drivers.  Motorcyclists are particularly susceptible to “distracted” driver accidents as such drivers, due to inattention, may be even less likely to not “see” or otherwise realize the presence of a motorcycle.

As summarized in various posts on this site, there have been many motorcycle accidents in which riders have been seriously injured, and at times fatally injured, due to the motorist “not seeing” the motorcyclist.

While “distracted” driving is typically thought of being caused by the driver’s usage of electronic devices – texting is often cited as a cause –  distractions can also happen during any activity that causes the driver to not be fully engaged or otherwise fully attentive while driving.

One example of an Illinois motorcycle accident lawsuit in which distracted driving was cited as a source of alleged negligence is described in the December 5, 2016 Madison Record article titled “Motorcyclist seeks damages after accident in Fairview Heights.”

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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.

Motorcycle Road Hazards Involving Wheel Separation

“Road hazards” are particularly dangerous to motorcyclists, due to the balance that riders need to maintain in order to avoid loss of motorcycle control accidents.   On this site, road hazards and the Illinois motorcycle crashes they have caused are discussed in many posts.

While many types of road hazards involve items that are sitting on the roadway – or hazards presented by flawed roadway surfaces – another types of hazard is when an item falls off of a vehicle and becomes “airborne,” after which it can hit an oncoming vehicle.  One of those types of hazards – that of “flying tires” and “flying wheels” is discussed on the following page:

Road Hazards – Tires And Wheels

An example of such a road hazard, that seriously injured two people in a SUV, was seen in Colorado on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  The accident happened when a tire smashed through the windshield of a SUV that was traveling on Interstate 25.  Two people in the SUV were seriously injured.  The tire was lost from a car traveling on I-25, and the tire bounced into oncoming traffic, at which time it struck the SUV.

This accident is further discussed in the January 12, 2017 koaa.com article (with video and accident scene photo) titled “Loose tire smashes into windshield on I-25” as well as the January 11 CBS Denver article (with accident scene photos) titled “Loose Tire From Crash Smashes Into SUV On I-25.”

A similar type of accident happened on Route 53 in Elk Grove Village in October 14, 2016.  That accident caused a head injury to a driver.

An excerpt from the Daily Herald article of October 14, 2016, titled “Woman injured in crash that stops Route 53 traffic“:

A pickup towing a trailer that was traveling north on Route 53 between Higgins and Biesterfield roads around 6:40 p.m. lost a rear wheel, according to Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village fire officials. The tire crossed into the southbound lanes and hit the woman’s car; she was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center with unspecified injuries. The trailer flipped on its side, blocking the northbound lanes.

The October 15 Arlington Cardinal article (“Woman seriously injured…“) says that the tire “hit a 30-year-old woman in the head.”

The driver of the pickup truck was treated at the accident scene.

As seen in an accident scene photo (such as that seen in the abc7chicago.com article of October 15, titled “1 injured after tire flies off truck, smashes windshield of SUV in northern suburbs“) the damage to the SUV appears to be substantial.

Additional details can be seen in the 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.

Head-On Collisions Involving Motorcycles

As seen in many Illinois motorcycle accidents discussed on this site, there are various reasons why motorcycles may have “head-on” collisions with other vehicles.

One of these reasons – and a cause for various serious injuries, including those that are fatal – is when a motorist traveling in the opposite direction of a motorcycle makes a left-hand turn immediately in front of the motorcyclist.  As the motorcyclist has little, if any, reaction time to avoid a collision – and otherwise limited ability to avoid one – usually a serious collision occurs.   In many instances this collision can be either a “head-on” collision or one that is nearly so.

Given the dynamics of such a collision, and the motorcycle’s lack of enclosed structural protection, the motorcyclist is typically seriously injured.  This is especially so if the motorcyclist is ejected from the motorcycle during the crash.

Injuries during such crashes are likely, as the motorcyclist’s body is subject to many powerful and unnatural forces.

A recent (December 26, 2016) fatal motorcycle crash in Alabama involved a vehicle that made a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle.  The resulting collision resulted in the death of the motorcyclist.

An excerpt from the al.com article of December 27, 2016, titled “Deadly motorcycle crash is 4th Lee County traffic fatality in 24 hours,” citing Lee County Coroner Bill Harris:

The crash happened about 12:16 p.m. in Opelika at the intersection of Alabama Highway 169 and Marvyn Parkway, Harris said. The motorcycle was traveling northbound on Marvyn Parkway and the Avalanche was trying to make a left turn onto Alabama Highway 169.

Alexander was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple blunt force impact injuries. Harris said no autopsy will be performed, and alcohol is not suspected to have been a factor in the accident.

Additional details regarding this fatal car-motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the al.com article mentioned above, as well as the December 27 ledger-enquirer.com article titled “The Lee County coroner says that a Phenex City, AL., man died in a motorcycle accident on December 26, 2016.”

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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 Injured During Naperville Motorcycle Crash

There was a motorcycle crash Thursday afternoon (November 24, 2016) in Naperville.

According to Naperville Police, first responders were called at 12:17 p.m., and the accident scene was at 248th Avenue and Ashwood Road.

The accident involved a motorcyclist, identified as a 19-year-old man from Naperville, who was riding a Honda CBR600RR.  After losing control of the motorcycle,  his bike struck a curb and he crashed.  During the crash, the motorcyclist was ejected, and he hit a light pole.

The motorcyclist was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville with accident injuries described as serious injuries.

Those with information concerning the crash are asked to call the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at (630) 305-5379 or email parcel@naperville.il.us.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Illinois motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 26, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist seriously hurt in Naperville crash” as well as the November 26 Naperville Patch article titled “Naperville Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Thanksgiving 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.

Fatal Grundy County Minivan-Motorcycle Collision

There was a fatal motorcycle-minivan collision Sunday afternoon (November 13, 2016) in Grundy County.

According to the Grundy County Coroner’s Office, the accident happened at the intersection of Jugtown Road and Deerfield Road, shortly before 2:00 p.m.

An excerpt regarding the preliminary crash investigation findings, as seen in the November 14, 2016 Channahon Patch article titled “Motorcyclist Dies in Morris Crash with Minivan“:

Daniel Ruffatto driving a motorcycle northbound on Jugtown approaching the intersection of Deerfield when a van traveling southbound turned east to travel onto Deerfield when the collision occurred. The two collided in the intersection.

As a result of the collision, Ruffatto, 51, of Coal City, was thrown (i.e. was ejected) from the motorcycle.  He was pronounced dead at the accident scene.  At the time of the collision, he was not wearing a motorcycle helmet.

The crash remains under investigation.  Media sources do not appear to indicate what citations or other charges, if any, have been filed in relation to the crash.

Additional details regarding this fatal Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Channahon Patch article mentioned above, as well as the November 14 Morris Herald-News article titled “Coal City man dies in motorcycle-mini van collision.”

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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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