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.
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.
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.)
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