Fatal Motorcycle Accidents Involving High Speeds

As seen in the Motorcycle Accident Statistics category of this blog, speeding and/or otherwise operating a motorcycle in a reckless manner is a primary cause of fatal motorcycle accidents in Illinois.  Many fatal motorcycle accidents featured in this blog involve such incidents.

Two recent fatal motorcycle accidents in other states illustrate motorcycle accident fatalities that involve high-speed riding.

The first is a fatal motorcycle accident in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 24.  It is featured in the Indianapolis Star article of January 25, 2012 titled “Motorcyclist killed in crash on Southside.”  As seen in that article, in which motorcyclist Brian Saylor, 31, was killed after his motorcyclist collided with a car:

Brian Saylor, Beech Grove, was driving at high speed east on Raymond Street at 1:13 a.m., according to an Indianapolis metropolitan police report, when his motorcycle crossed Shelby Street and collided with a 1988 Chevrolet.

The driver of the car said he heard the motorcycle accelerating seconds before it collided with his car, according to the police report.

Another fatal high-speed motorcycle accident happened in Maui, also on January 24.  In this fatal motorcycle accident, a motorcyclist, Wayne Decosta, died shortly after hitting a parked truck while riding on the Honoapiilani Highway.  As seen in the MauiNow.com story of January 25 titled “Maui Motorcyclist Killed in High Speed Crash in Kaanapali” :

The man, identified as Wayan Decosta, 21, of Honokowai, was operating a 2001 Yamaha motorcycle, and was traveling north on the Highway at around 3:35 p.m. when he collided with an unattended parked truck.

Witnesses tell police that the motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed of between 80 and 100 miles per hour, and was weaving in and out of heavy traffic when the accident occurred.

According to police reports, Decosta was headed toward Napili when he elected to pass a van traveling in the outside (slow) lane about 1700 feet north of the Kaanapali Parkway intersection.  Police say he attempted to pass on the right, leaving the travel portion of the roadway and entered the bicycle lane.

Shortly thereafter, police say, he collided into the rear of an unattended parked truck (1991 Isuzu pickup).

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Motorcycle Accidents When Vehicles Make Left-Hand Turns In Front Of Motorcycles

One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is when a car fails to see a motorcyclist and makes a left-hand turn in front of the motorcycle, thereby causing a collision.  These types of accidents have been seen in many Chicago-area motorcycle accidents, and many have been featured on this blog.

Two recent motorcycle accidents in states other than Illinois serve as additional unfortunate reminders of these types of accidents.

The first accident was in in New Jersey, on Route 94.  This accident happened on Saturday at approximately 3:35 p.m.  Motorcyclist Steven G. Ruzicka, 63, was killed when a car driving southbound failed to see Ruzicka riding northbound, and the motorist made a left-hand turn in front of Ruzicka, thereby colliding with Ruzicka’s motorcycle.  Ruzicka was ejected from the motorcycle, and shortly thereafter was declared dead at the scene.

The second accident occurred in Modesto, California on Thursday night.  Aaron Carrillo, 41, was traveling northbound on Tully Road when he struck a SUV that was turning left ahead of him.  Carrillo was ejected from the motorcycle, went through an elevated street sign, and landed in the backyard of a residence.

Carrillo was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Additional information and possible updates on the New Jersey accident can be seen in the January 14 New Jersey Herald story titled “Blairstown man dies in motorcycle accident“; the California accident can be seen in the News10 article of January 14 titled “Modesto motorcyclist killed in high speed crash.”

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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.

New Illinois State Law For Motorcyclists & Bicyclists Concerning Red Lights

A new state law that became effective January 1 allows motorcyclists and bicyclists to “run red lights” in certain circumstances.  The law is only applicable in municipalities with less than 2 million people.

The law is meant to solve a problem in that motorcycles and bicycles aren’t heavy enough to trigger sensors at intersections that would indicate the existence of waiting motorcycles and bicycles.  As such, motorcyclists and bicyclists can face seemingly interminable delays waiting for a green light if they are the only vehicles at an intersection waiting for the green light.

An excerpt from a December 30 CBS Chicago article on the subject, titled “Motorcycles, Bicycles Can Run Red Lights Under New Law” :

State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton) says the new law means bikers can go through a red light if they wait a reasonable amount of time, but that amount isn’t yet defined.

“A reasonable amount of time, which was not defined in the bill, will be 120 seconds,” says Beiser. “So two minutes, that’s what we’ve come to agreement on and that was part of the governor’s concern.”

A definite period of time has yet to be legislatively enacted, although efforts are said to be underway to do so.

Of course, if a motorcyclist or bicyclist does attempt to “run the red light,” such efforts should be done with proper caution as such efforts can be hazardous for a number of reasons.

Additional information and possible updates can be found in the aforementioned CBS Chicago article as well as the January 4, 2012 Romeoville, Illinois Patch article titled “New Law Lets Motorcycles and Bikes Run Red Lights – Legally.”

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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.