Alleged Meth Use By Motorist In Fatal Naperville Motorcycle Accident

In the September 11, 2017 post titled “Motorcyclist Dies Following Naperville SUV-Motorcycle Collision” a September 9, 2017 motorcycle accident in Naperville was summarized.  As seen in that  post, the accident injuries led to the death of Calabria M. Taber, 21, of Maple Park.

As seen in many Illinois accidents, the accident involved a motorist attempting to make a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle.  The motorist was ticketed for failure to yield turning left.

Subsequent information has been made public with regard to the circumstances regarding the crash.

As discussed in various media sources, including the December 12, 2017 Naperville Sun article titled “Teen had meth in his system at time of fatal Naperville crash, prosecutors say” as well as the December 13 Naperville Patch article titled “Meth Was In Teen’s System During Fatal Crash:  Prosecutors,” the 17-year-old male driver of the SUV that struck the motorcycle allegedly had meth in his system.  He has been charged with two counts of aggravated DUI resulting in death.

Motorists who drive under the influence of drugs pose a large risk to motorcyclists for various reasons.  One of these reasons is that such drug-impaired motorists may have an even harder time “seeing” and properly driving around motorcycles.

The issue of impaired motorists and the hazard such drivers pose to motorcyclists is further discussed on the “The Danger To Motorcyclists Presented By Drugged Drivers” page.

Two excerpts from that page:

This inability of a vehicle’s driver to “see” and safely interact with motorcycles is made much harder if the motorist is impaired, either by alcohol or by drug use.  Many Illinois motorcycle accidents which are not the fault of the motorcyclist are caused by impaired drivers.

also:

While, in the past, such motorist impairment typically involved drinking before driving (DUI), in recent years this driver impairment increasingly has involved driving after drug use.  The following discusses the issue of “drugged driving” including Chicago-area traffic accidents involving drivers who have been impaired by drug use.  At least two recent Illinois fatal motorcycle accidents involve a drug-impaired driver striking a motorcycle.  Those accidents are discussed below.

Additional details concerning this drug-impaired driving issue as it concerns motorcyclists 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.

The Deadly Nature Of Motorcycle Accidents And Recommended Safety Measures

Motorcycle rider safety is an ongoing concern, given the many serious injuries (that may lead to fatalities) that occur during motorcycle crashes.  As seen in many Illinois motorcycle accidents summarized on this site, these accidents have resulted in a broad range of accident injuries, as well as those that result in fatalities to either the motorcyclist and/or passenger.

There are many reasons why motorcycle accidents are typically highly physically traumatic.  Among these reasons is that motorcyclists have very little if any impact protection if they are in a collision.  As well, there is no restraint of the motorcyclist, and many motorcycle accidents involve the motorcyclist being ejected from the motorcycle.  Such ejections typically cause serious if not life-threatening accident injuries.

On November 20, 2017 MedlinePlus.gov (National Institutes of Health) released “Motorcycle Crashes Far More Deadly Than Car Crashes.”  Various aspects of motorcycle crashes are discussed, with a particular focus on statistics and reasons for fatal motorcycle accidents.

An excerpt, quoting Kara Macek, a spokesperson for the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA):

Macek also agreed that the patterns found in this study would turn up elsewhere. In fact, according to the GHSA, U.S. data show that for every mile driven, motorcycles have a death rate that’s 26 times higher than that of passenger vehicles.

Also mentioned is the danger of riding a motorcycle after drinking:

Alcohol is another issue. Of all U.S. motorcyclists killed in accidents in 2015, 27 percent were intoxicated, according to the GHSA.

Among safety steps mentioned by the GHSA is to not use alcohol before riding; obey the speed limit; and wear a motorcycle helmet.  In Illinois, wearing a motorcycle helmet is not mandatory.  However, there are many safety benefits of wearing a motorcycle helmet.  If a motorcycle crash occurs, a helmet can greatly reduce the possibility of a serious head injury.  Traumatic brain injuries, depending upon their severity, can be among the worst accident injuries that can result during an accident, as such head injuries can lead to fatalities.  Serious head injuries that are not fatal can cause various impairments, both on a temporary as well as on a permanent basis.  Many aspects of traumatic brain injuries, especially those resulting from motorcycle accidents, are further discussed on the “Head Injuries Resulting From Motorcycle Accidents” page.

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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.