Injury Lawsuit Concerning Columbia City Motorcycle Accident

One cause of motorcycle accidents (which often leads to an injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit) is when an oncoming motorist enters the lane that the motorcycle is in, usually in an attempt to pass a vehicle.  When this happens, a serious collision (possibly a “head-on collision“) can occur between the vehicle and the motorcycle.

There has been an Illinois injury lawsuit filed regarding an alleged motorcycle accident that happened as a man was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Columbia City on October 16, 2016.  The lawsuit is discussed in the March 14, 2018 Madison Record article titled “Man seeks damages after motorist struck motorcycle in Columbia City.”  Two excerpts from the article, discussing the allegations made by the motorcyclist (Melvin) and defendant (Chinnichi):

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Oct. 16, 2016, Stephen Melvin was operating his 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Bluff Road near its intersection with Valmeyer Road in Columbia City when the defendant suddenly entered the northbound lane and hit his motorcycle, causing it to skid.


The plaintiffs allege Chinnichi negligently attempted to pass in a no-passing zone, failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to yield to the right of way.

According to the article, among the injuries Melvin claims in the lawsuit are “serious and permanent injuries” as well as a concussion.  [As discussed on this site’s “Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) And Concussions” page, head and brain trauma can be among the most serious accident injuries that result due to a motorcycle accident.]

Additional details regarding motorcycle accident topics 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 Joseph Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the legal situation and to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit should be filed.  Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC ( 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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