As discussed on the “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues” page, riding a motorcycle in Illinois both before and during the early part of the primary motorcycle season can present additional safety risks to the rider.
One such risk is that due to limited, if any, riding during the off-season, group riding dynamics may be somewhat unfamiliar in nature.
Group motorcycle riding can present a number of safety issues, and this site discusses many accidents which have occurred when motorcyclists have been riding together as a group.
There was a motorcycle accident today (February 17, 2017) in which three motorcyclists riding in a larger group crashed. The accident happened on I-64 in Washington County.
According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the crash happened as the riders were traveling eastbound, a few miles from Okawville.
At approximately 11:00 a.m., a car in front of the group slowed, and the motorcyclists collided.
An excerpt from the bnd.com article of February 17, 2017, titled “I-64 closed for motorcycle crash in Washington Co near St. Louis MO,” quoting Illinois State Police Trooper Joey Watson:
“They were traveling too closely together within the group; it was a chain reaction,” Watson said.
One of the motorcyclists, identified as Brandon Harrison, 33, of Columbia, Mo., was ejected from his motorcycle. He was flown to a hospital for treatment of accident injuries described as serious in nature.
Another motorcyclist, Arron Chaney, 30, of Junction City, Kansas, was taken to a hospital for treatment of accident injuries.
The third motorcyclist, Mikhail Williams, 24 of Columbia, Mo., refused medical treatment.
Another excerpt from the bnd.com article mentioned above:
All three riders were wearing helmets. Chaney was charged with failing to slow down to avoid an accident.
A crash investigation is ongoing.
Additional details regarding this Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the bnd.com article mentioned above as well as the February 17 CBS St. Louis article titled “Multiple Motorcyclists Injured After I-64 Crash in Illinois.”
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