The Danger Posed By “Drugged Drivers” To Illinois Motorcyclists

Many Illinois motorcycle accidents occur because motorists “fail to see” motorcyclists.  On this site, many accidents – some fatal – have been discussed in which an accident has occurred in which the motorist “failed to see” a motorcycle.  Most accidents of this type occur as the motorist is attempting to make a left-hand turn, and does so immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle.  A collision often occurs, and due to the various forces and other factors involved, the motorcyclist (and if applicable, passenger) is often critically injured.  Some of these collisions lead to the death of the motorcyclist.

In cases where the motorist is “drunk driving” it is even more likely that the impairment will make a motorcycle (as well as other road users such as bicyclists or runners) “hard to see.”

Over recent years, there has been a notable increase in drivers who drive while impaired by drug use.  The danger that these drug-impaired drivers (often called “drugged drivers”) pose to motorcyclists is discussed on “The Danger To Motorcyclists Presented By Drugged Drivers” page.

On March 13, 2018, CBS Chicago aired a video segment (with article) titled “Driving While High:  Just How Dangerous Is It?”   The segment discusses various aspects of driver impairment caused by marijuana usage, and how the trends in driver impairment may change if recreational marijuana use is legalized in Illinois.

An excerpt from the article, with regard to drivers who have been impaired by marijuana usage and arrested for DUI in Riverside:

Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said he is seeing more pot DUI’s, adding, “It exploded after medical marijuana was approved.”

Of the 113 DUI arrests in 2017, 20 percent were drugged driving, and almost half of those involved marijuana.

“If we make recreational cannabis in Illinois legal, you’re going to see that 20 percent, in my opinion, jump to 30, 35 percent,” Weitzel said.

Additional details regarding the issue of “drugged drivers” and the traffic safety hazard it poses, particularly to 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.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Along Route 12 In Fox Lake

There was a fatal motorcycle crash Tuesday evening (February 27, 2018) in Fox Lake.  The motorcycle accident appears to have involved a motorcycle loss of control.

According to Fox Lake Police, the accident happened on a frontage road along Route 12, as a motorcyclist was riding southbound.  At approximately 6:15 p.m., while on a curve near Big Hollow Road, the Harley-Davidson motorcycle crossed the roadway and ran into a guardrail.

The motorcyclist was ejected during the collision and died as a result of the crash.  He was identified as a 62-year-old man from Volo.

An excerpt from the Lake County News-Sun article of February 28, 2018, titled “Volo man killed after motorcycle strikes guardrail in Fox Lake:  police“:

The Lake County Major Crash Assist Team (MCAT), which is the Lake County Sheriff Office’s specialized traffic accident reconstruction team, was called in to assist in the ongoing investigation. It was not immediately known if the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, according to the statement.

Those who may have witnessed the crash or have information regarding this fatal accident are asked to call the Fox Lake Police Department at 847-587-3100.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the February 28 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “Motorcyclist Killed In Fox Lake 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.

Hazards Caused By Improperly Maintained Motorcycles And Defective Parts

As discussed on the “Ways To Avoid Motorcycle Accidents And Injuries” page, one way to minimize the possibility of having a motorcycle accident is to make sure that proper maintenance is performed on the motorcycle.

However, there is also the possibility of a defective part of component causing or contributing to a crash.  There are many components on a motorcycle that, if they are defective or otherwise fail during use can cause a crash or at least a loss of motorcycle control.

Harley-Davidson has recently announced a recall of various models due to a possible problem that may arise due to a brake component.

The recall is discussed in a number of media sources, including the Miami Herald article of February 7, 2018 titled “Brake problem causes recall of Harley-Davidson motorcycles” as well as the February 8 wpxi.com article (with video) titled “Harley-Davidson recalls 175K motorcycles for failing brakes.”

An excerpt from the Miami Herald article:

An investigation by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration resulted in the recall of almost 175,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles from the model years 2008 through 2011.

The problem, according to the NHTSA recall notice: “Deposits may form on components within the brake system if the DOT 4 brake fluid is not replaced for a prolonged period of time beyond the 2-year maintenance schedule specified in the Owner’s Manual.”

When that happens, “these deposits may cause a valve within the ABS Hydraulic Control Unit to stick, reducing braking ability and increasing the risk of a crash.”

Additional information, from the wpxi.com article:

Over 40 complaints — including three crashes and two injuries — gave cause to the NHTSA to pressure Harley-Davidson to declare a national recall. The agency had been investigating complaints about the problem since summer 2016.

Harley-Davidson dealers will flush the brakes of every motorcycle covered by the recall and replace the fluid with Platinum Label DOT 4 brake fluid, according to the recall, at no cost to the owner. Recalls are scheduled to begin Feb. 12; owners are urged to contact Harley-Davidson customer service with questions.

Additional details on this recall, as well as the broader issue of riding a safe motorcycle, 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.

Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit Regarding Edwardsville, Illinois Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle accidents often lead to serious accident injuries for both motorcyclists and any passengers.  As seen in many Chicago area as well as other Illinois motorcycle crashes discussed on this site, a broad range of injuries can result from such crashes.

Many of these injuries, due to their nature, can lead to the motorcyclist and/or passenger requiring a significant or substantial amount of medical care.  This medical care can be extensive, especially if the injury requires surgeries, extensive rehabilitation, or other types of ongoing medical care.

As well, other direct or indirect costs can occur.

While there are many reasons as to why motorcycle accident lawsuits are filed, a primary reason is to get compensation for medical costs and other related monetary factors, such as lost income due to the temporary or permanent inability to work (commonly called “lost wages.”)

A recent lawsuit in Southern Illinois concerns alleged injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident in Edwardsville.  The accident and lawsuit is discussed in the Madison Record article of January 5, 2018 titled “Motorcycle rider alleges injuries from Edwardsville rear-end collision.”

An excerpt from the article:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 23, 2016, he was riding a motorcycle on Route 159 in Edwardsville when he was rear-ended by a pickup truck being driven by Gray while he was in the course and scope with his employment with R. A. Gray.

The plaintiff alleges he sustained injuries to numerous parts of his body and was caused to endure pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

The plaintiff alleges Gray failed to keep the vehicle under proper control, failed to maintain proper lookout and failed to stop or reduce speed to avoid striking plaintiff’s motorcycle.

Additional details regarding the lawsuit can be seen in the article 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.

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.

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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.