Motorcyclist Dies Following Kankakee Accident

A man has died, and his wife injured, following a motorcycle accident Tuesday night (March 29, 2016) on the south side of Kankakee.

The motorcyclist who died was identified as Adam Keene, 33, of Chebanese.  The accident involved a collision between Keene’s motorcycle and a semi truck.  During the accident, both Keene and his wife were injured, and Keene died from his accident injuries.

Additional details regarding this fatal Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 30, 2016 Daily Journal article titled “Chebanese man killed in motorcycle wreck” as well as the wfav951.com article titled “Fatal Motorcyle Accident in Kankakee.”

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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.

Frequently Cited Factors In Fatal Illinois Motorcycle Accidents

In the last post (“2014 Statistics Concerning Illinois Fatal Motorcycle Accidents“) various statistics regarding fatal Illinois motorcycle crashes were summarized.

Another aspect of the startseeingmotorcycles.org report cited in the last post had to do with the most-frequently cited “driver-related” factors, outside of alcohol-related crashes, in 2014 fatal motorcycle accidents.  According to the report, these factors were:

  • Operating the Vehicle in an Erratic, Reckless or Negligent Manner, Operating at Erratic or Suddenly Changing Speeds
  • Failure to Keep in Proper Lane
  • Operator Inexperience
  • Following Improperly
  • Passing with Insufficient Distance or Inadequate Visibility or Failing to Yield to Overtaking Vehicle

As discussed throughout this site, there are many reasons for both fatal and nonfatal motorcycle crashes.  Some of the reasons for, or contributing factors to such crashes, include intoxication due to alcohol and/or drugs, motorcycle loss of control, excessive speed and/or reckless driving, mechanical problems on motorcycles, and various road hazards including road hazards involving deer.

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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.

2014 Statistics Concerning Illinois Fatal Motorcycle Accidents

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has published a document in its startseeingmotorcycles.org site titled “2014 Motorcycle Fatalities – Quick Facts.” (pdf)

This document provides various details as to the 118 Illinois motorcycle accident deaths in 2014, a decrease of more than 22% from the 152 deaths in 2013.  [note:  the 118 deaths were from 116 fatal motorcycle accidents, and included both motorcycle operators and passengers]

Below are a few of the notable excerpts:

  • The 116 fatal crashes involving motorcycles accounted for almost 14% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes occurring in 2014. The 118 motorcyclists killed accounted for almost 13% of all motor vehicle fatalities occurring in 2014. In comparison, 2014 motorcycle registrations only comprised about 4% of all motor vehicle registrations.
  • Of the 118 motorcyclists killed in 2014, two (less than 2%) wore a DOT-compliant helmet, 33 (28%) wore a helmet unknown to be DOT-compliant, and 80 (68%) were not wearing a helmet.
  • 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 2014, 64 (55%) of the 116 fatal crashes involving motorcycles occurred during the weekend between the hours of 6:00 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
  • 40 (37%) of the 107 motorcycle operators killed in 2014 tested positive for alcohol. Their BAC results ranged from 0.01 to 0.35, with the average being 0.15. Of the 40 operators killed who tested positive for alcohol, 33 (83%) had a BAC greater than or equal to 0.08.
  • Weather and roadway surface condition are generally not factors in crashes that result in motorcycle fatalities. In 2014, approximately 97% of fatal motorcycle crashes occurred in clear weather, and on dry pavement.

The document also displays a variety of other information, including in what Illinois counties motorcycle accidents most frequently occurred.

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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.

Motorcycle Accident In Chicago’s Logan Square Neighborhood

There was a motorcycle accident early this morning (March 10, 2016) in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.

Details on the crash – especially its causes – appear limited at this time.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened in the 3200 block of West Barry Avenue at approximately 12:52 a.m.

The accident involved the motorcyclist, said to be 26 years old, falling off his motorcycle.

The motorcyclist was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was listed in critical condition.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 10, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “Man critically hurt in motorcycle crash in Logan Square” as well as the March 10 dnainfo.com article of March 10 titled “Logan Square Motorcycle Accident Injures 26-Year-Old Man, Police Say.”

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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.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident In St. Clair County

For a number of reasons, early-season motorcycle riding can be more hazardous than usual.  These reasons are discussed in the “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues” page.

There was a fatal motorcycle accident in Fayetteville Township, which is in Illinois’ St. Clair County, on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened as a motorcyclist was riding on Illinois Highway 15.  For an unknown reason, just before 7:00 p.m., the motorcycle ran off the right side of the roadway, and then went down a grassy hill and overturned near Venedy Road.

The motorcyclist, who died at the accident scene, was identified as Blake Barton Lickenbrock, 24, of St. Libory.

This Illinois fatal motorcycle accident is under investigation by the Illinois State Police accident reconstruction team.

Additional information concerning this fatal accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 2, 2016 stltoday.com article titled “Man from St. Libory dies in motorcycle crash” as well as the March 1 bnd.com article (with remembrances) titled “‘Everybody liked him’:  St. Libory man dies in 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 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.