Fatal Car-Motorcycle Collision In Litchfield

There was a fatal car-motorcycle accident Saturday night (July 30, 2016) in Litchfield.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident was a “head-on” collision involving a car and motorcycle.  The accident happened on Illinois Route 16, just east of Corvette Drive.

The accident happened as a 2003 red Chevrolet car was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Illinois Route 16 (i.e. driving in the wrong direction.)  At 7:48 p.m., the car struck a Honda motorcycle with a passenger that was traveling westbound on Illinois Route 16.

Both the motorcyclist and passenger were ejected from the motorcycle during the “head-on” collision.

The motorcyclist was identified as Robert Reiher, 49, of Carlinville.  He was declared dead at the accident scene by the Montgomery County Coroner.

The passenger on the motorcycle was identified as his daughter, Madeline Reiher, 18, of Carlinville.  She was flown to Saint John’s Hospital in Springfield for treatment of her accident injuries.

The driver of the Chevrolet was identified as Charlie Logsdon, 87, of Litchfield.  He was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Litchfield for treatment of his accident injuries, which were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

The crash investigation is being conducted by the Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 31, 2016 Alton Telegraph article titled “Head-on crash kills Carlinville man” as well as the August 1 The Journal-News article titled “Motorcyclist Killed, Daughter Injured.”

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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 “Rear-Ended” By SUV Near Woodstock, Illinois

There was a motorcycle collision near Woodstock on Sunday (July 31, 2016) after which the driver of a SUV was charged with DUI.

According to information provided by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened on Route 47 near Hercules Road at 12:26 p.m.   At that time, a SUV crashed into the back of (“rear-ended”) a 2016 Harley-Davidson motorcycle as traffic slowed.

The motorcycle then crashed into a Chevrolet Tahoe that was ahead of it.

The motorcyclist, identified as a 51-year-old man from Hoffman Estates, was flown to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for treatment of his accident injuries, which were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.  At the time of the crash, the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the SUV was identified as Robert Harney, 72, of Woodstock.  An excerpt from the July 31, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Driver charged after crashing into motorcyclist near Woodstock“:

Harney was treated for minor injuries and taken into the custody of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, the office said. He was charged with a felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing great bodily injury and was being held at the McHenry County Corrections Facility.

The crash remains under investigation.

Additional details regarding this Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the July 31 Northwest Herald article titled “Driver faces DUI charges in Route 47 crash in Woodstock, sheriff’s office says” and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release of August 1 titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates Multiple Vehicle Traffic 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.

Car-Motorcycle Collisions When Motorists Cross The Center Line

An ongoing hazard to motorcyclists has been when oncoming vehicles cross the center line and, by coming into the opposing lane, strike a motorcycle or motorcycles.  These types of crashes, often resulting in a head-on collision, has been seen in a number of recent Illinois motorcycle accidents.  As is often the case in such head-on collisions, accident injuries sustained during such crashes are often life-threatening, and in many cases lead to the death of the motorcyclist and, if applicable, passenger.

There are many reasons that oncoming vehicles may cross the center line, and come into the motorcyclist’s lane.  One reason is distracted driving…i.e. some type of distraction leads the motorist to stray or otherwise come into the opposite lane.  Another prominent reason is when the motorist is impaired (DUI) on alcohol and/or drugs.

On May 6, 2016 a motorcycle collision like that discussed above, in which an oncoming motorist allegedly crossed the center line while intoxicated, occurred.  That motorcycle accident – which led to the later death of the motorcycle passenger (Amy Thornton, 42, of Woodstock) as well as injuries to the motorcyclist (Mike Thornton, 39, of Woodstock) – was initially discussed in the May 6, 2016 post titled “Motorcycle Crash In McHenry, Illinois.”

Subsequent information concerning the crash has been discussed in various media sources, including the July 24, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “Suspect in motorcycle death back in McHenry County after missing court date” as well as the July 26 Northwest Herald article titled “Wisconsin woman pleads not guilty in crash that killed Woodstock mom.”

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article with regard to the injuries the Thorntons had from the motorcycle accident, as well as the alleged impairment of the driver (Sheree Shaw, 45, of Twin Lakes, WI):

Mike Thornton, 39, was seriously injured in the collision, suffering a broken pelvis and shattered elbow.

Amy Thornton, 42, died nine days later of her injuries. Toxicology tests showed that Shaw had heroin in her system at the time of the crash, according to McHenry County authorities and court documents.

Two excerpts from the Daily Herald article regarding the charges faced by Shaw:

A Wisconsin woman formally denied allegations that she was under the influence of heroin during a McHenry crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist and killed his passenger.

also:

Shaw pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated DUI, Class 2 felonies and two counts of aggravated DUI, Class 4 felonies. If convicted, Shaw faces three to 14 years in prison on the Class 2 felonies and one to 12 years on the Class 4 felonies.

Additional details regarding this crash 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.

Motorcyclist Dies Following Collision Near Sterling

There was a motorcycle accident Monday (July 25, 2016) near Sterling after which the motorcyclist died.  The collision involved a motorcycle and Whiteside County Deputy Sheriff’s squad car.

According to preliminary crash investigation findings from the Illinois State Police, the accident happened around 10 p.m. at U.S. Route 30 and Emerson Road.  The Whiteside County Deputy’s squad car was traveling eastbound on Route 30, when the Whiteside County Deputy, identified as Jeffrey A. Wunderlich, 33, attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Emerson Road.  As he attempted to do so, the squad car struck a motorcycle that was traveling westbound on Route 30.  The motorcycle struck the passenger side of the squad car.

Both the motorcyclist and Sheriff’s Deputy were taken to CGH Hospital in Sterling for treatment of their accident injuries.  The motorcyclist, identified as William G. Damhoff, 58, of Morrison, later died from his accident injuries.  According to the coroner, preliminary indications are that he died from blunt force trauma.

At the time of the collision, Damhoff was wearing a motorcycle helmet.

An excerpt from the July 26, 2016 kwqc.com article titled “Motorcycle rider dies following two vehicle crash near Sterling, Ill.“:

Wunderlich has been issued a citation for failure to yield turning left. The crash investigation is ongoing and there are currently no further details to report at this time.

Additional details regarding this fatal Illinois motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the kwqc.com article mentioned above as well as the July 26 saukvalley.com article titled “Morrison motorcyclist dies in collision with sheriff’s car.”

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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 In Illinois 148 Crash

There was a motorcycle accident Tuesday morning (July 26, 2016) in Herrin.  The accident involved a car-motorcycle collision as a car was pulling out of the Walmart parking lot.

An excerpt from the July 26 kfvs12.com article titled “Motorcycle driver airlifted to hospital after crash in Herrin Walmart“:

According to Illinois State Police, the preliminary investigation revealed a 2016 Hyundai Sonata driven by 46-year-old Debra Johnson of Herrin, was pulling out of the north Herrin Walmart parking lot entrance onto northbound Illinois Route 148.

As she entered the southbound lanes, police say she pulled into the path of a Harley Davidson Sportster going southbound.

The motorcyclist was ejected from the motorcycle after hitting the left front corner of the car.

The motorcyclist was flown to a hospital following the crash.  At the time of the accident the motorcyclist was not wearing a motorcycle helmet.

According to the kfvs12.com article, Johnson was charged with failure to yield turning left.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the kfvs12.com article seen above as well as thesouthern.com article of July 26 titled “Motorcycle driver ejected in crash airlifted from Herrin Walmart parking lot.”

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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.