Man Criminally Charged In Kendall County Illinois Fatal Motorcycle Accident

An article in the December 27 Daily Chronicle, titled “Somonauk man charged with reckless homicide, aggravated DUI” discusses the criminal charges filed in connection with an Illinois motorcycle accident that left one motorcyclist, a man from Plainfield, injured, and his passenger, Colleen Hunkler, 46, of Wilmington, dead.

An excerpt from the story:

A Somonauk man has been charged with multiple counts of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence after an October accident left one person dead.

Matthew D. Lambert, 28, of the 13000 block of Sudyam Road, was arrested Friday for his involvement in a vehicle accident that occurred Oct. 10 in Kendall County, south of Oswego. Lambert was headed south on Grove Road when he made a left turn onto Walker Road right in front of a northbound motorcycle, causing the vehicles to collide.

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Results from the Illinois State Police Crime Lab showed that Lambert’s blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit, and he tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol metabolite, one of the main components in marijuana.

Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis said officials were waiting for autopsy and state crime lab results before issuing a warrant for Lambert on Dec. 20. He was taken into custody Friday and was charged with 10 counts of aggravated DUI – a Class 2 felony – and three counts of reckless homicide – a Class 3 felony. His bond was set Tuesday at $100,000.

The article also states that Lambert was not injured during the course of the accident.

Additional information and possible updates can be found in the above-referenced Daily Chronicle article.

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Elman Law Group LLC concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an accident, call 773-392-8182 at any time for a free consultation to discuss your rights. There is no fee for this consultation.

Illinois Motorcyclist Involved In Serious Accident Thanks Those Who Helped Him

A December 23 article in the Aurora Beacon-News, titled “Motorcyclist thanks neighbors who came to his aid after crash” recalls a serious motorcyclist accident in Aurora, Illinois and the benefits provided by bystanders.

The accident occurred on the night of June 18, when a motorcyclist, Don Pugh, was heading back from a ride and struck the back of a dump truck near his home.

His neighbors, Rick and Tracie Little, rushed to Pugh’s side when they heard the sound of the accident.  Although Pugh was a friend and neighbor, at the time of the accident they did not recognize him.

Excerpts from the article:

The crushed motorcyclist, as the couple would find out months later, was Don Pugh, a neighbor and family friend the Littles had known for years. Last week, after 41 days on a ventilator followed by months of recovery, Pugh stopped in at the home of Rick’s mother, bathed in the warm holiday glow of the Christmas tree, to thank the Littles for being good Samaritans.

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Pugh remembers none of the accident, nor a couple weeks after. He sustained multiple injuries including brain trauma, a crushed rib cage and a collapsed lung. His right arm will require further surgery for bone growing in the elbow.

Initially, Pugh’s physicians had given him a 50-50 chance of survival. After Pugh emerged from an induced coma, doctors said recovery could take no less than eight months.

The article also states that Pugh is looking forward to be able to ride again.

Additional information and possible updates can be found in the above-mentioned Aurora Beacon-News article.

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Elman Law Group LLC concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an accident, call 773-392-8182 at any time for a free consultation to discuss your rights. There is no fee for this consultation.

Motorcycle Accident Fatalities Among Older Motorcyclists

Yesterday (December 19) The Wall Street Journal had an article titled “When Heaven Is a Harley.”

The article discusses various aspects of the growing trend among older people to become first-time motorcyclists.

Here are some excerpts regarding safety aspects mentioned in the article:

To be sure, older riders are at risk and account for a rising share of the nation’s 4,000 or so motorcycle fatalities annually. Age 50-plus riders, many of them baby boomers who started in their youth, now represent nearly one-third of all motorcycle-driving deaths, up from about 5% in 1975, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Gray riders’ deadlier road record is partly attributable to their rise as part of the motorcycle-riding population. According to the industry council, the mean age of cycle ownership has climbed to about 40 from 33 in the past decade.

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…partially offsetting the physical limitations of some older riders is their mature temperament. Says Mr. Lopez, “They tend to go a little slower and take fewer risks.”

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The Illinois Department of Transportation has categorized motorcycle accident fatalities by age and gender; this information can be seen in the “2010 Motorcycle Fatalities” (pdf) document which was discussed in the December 9 blog post titled “Illinois Motorcycle Accident Fatalities For 2010 – Statistics & Categorizations.”

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Elman Law Group LLC concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an accident, call 773-392-8182 at any time for a free consultation to discuss your rights. There is no fee for this consultation.

Illinois Motorcycle Accident Fatalities For 2010 – Statistics & Categorizations

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has published a document in its startseeingmotorcycles.org site titled “2010 Motorcycle Fatalities – Quick Facts.” (pdf)

This document, dated September 2011, provides various details and categorizations as to the 131 Illinois motorcyclist deaths in 2010.

While this entire document is informative, here are a few notable excerpts:

  • The 131 motorcyclists killed in 2010 represent a 27% increase compared to the 103 motorcyclists killed in 1999.
  • Only two of the 131 motorcyclists killed in 2010 wore a DOT-compliant helmet; 19 motorcyclists wore a helmet that was not DOT-compliant. These 21 fatalities constitute 16% of all motorcycle rider fatalities in 2010.
  • Generally, the hours of 6:00 p.m. on Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday are deadlier for motorcyclists than other periods of the week. In 2010, 68 (52%) of the 130 fatal crashes involving motorcycles occurred during the weekend.
  • 49 (40%) of the 121 motorcycle operators killed in 2010 had been drinking (positive BAC). Their BAC results ranged from 0.01 to 0.33, with the average BAC being 0.14.
  • Weather and roadway surface condition are generally not factors in crashes that result in motorcycle fatalities. In 2010, approximately 93% of such crashes occurred in clear weather, on dry pavement.
The document also highlights in what counties motorcycle accidents most frequently occurred, as well as lists the primary reasons attributed to causing motorcycle accidents.

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Elman Law Group LLC concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an accident, call 773-392-8182 at any time for a free consultation to discuss your rights. There is no fee for this consultation.