Head-On Collisions Involving Motorcycles

As seen in many Illinois motorcycle accidents discussed on this site, there are various reasons why motorcycles may have “head-on” collisions with other vehicles.

One of these reasons – and a cause for various serious injuries, including those that are fatal – is when a motorist traveling in the opposite direction of a motorcycle makes a left-hand turn immediately in front of the motorcyclist.  As the motorcyclist has little, if any, reaction time to avoid a collision – and otherwise limited ability to avoid one – usually a serious collision occurs.   In many instances this collision can be either a “head-on” collision or one that is nearly so.

Given the dynamics of such a collision, and the motorcycle’s lack of enclosed structural protection, the motorcyclist is typically seriously injured.  This is especially so if the motorcyclist is ejected from the motorcycle during the crash.

Injuries during such crashes are likely, as the motorcyclist’s body is subject to many powerful and unnatural forces.

A recent (December 26, 2016) fatal motorcycle crash in Alabama involved a vehicle that made a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle.  The resulting collision resulted in the death of the motorcyclist.

An excerpt from the al.com article of December 27, 2016, titled “Deadly motorcycle crash is 4th Lee County traffic fatality in 24 hours,” citing Lee County Coroner Bill Harris:

The crash happened about 12:16 p.m. in Opelika at the intersection of Alabama Highway 169 and Marvyn Parkway, Harris said. The motorcycle was traveling northbound on Marvyn Parkway and the Avalanche was trying to make a left turn onto Alabama Highway 169.

Alexander was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple blunt force impact injuries. Harris said no autopsy will be performed, and alcohol is not suspected to have been a factor in the accident.

Additional details regarding this fatal car-motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the al.com article mentioned above, as well as the December 27 ledger-enquirer.com article titled “The Lee County coroner says that a Phenex City, AL., man died in a motorcycle accident on December 26, 2016.”


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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