Fatal Motorcycle Accident On I-71 In Ashland, Ohio

According to WOIO of Ashland, Ohio, in a July 24 story titled “Fatal motorcycle accident on I-71” there was a fatal motorcycle accident on Sunday, July 24 in Ashland.  It happened just after five a.m. Sunday on I-71 at US 250 in Montgomery Township.

Details of the accident appear brief, at least at this point.  According to the story:

The operator of a 2008 Honda Silver Wing motorcycle was traveling southbound, when he lost control. The motorcycle and driver slid off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail.

The 47-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, his name is not yet being released.

Troopers say the victim was not wearing a helmet.

According to the 2010 Operational Report of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (pdf), as seen on page 9:

In 2010, there were 172 motorcycle‐involved fatal traffic crashes that killed 178 people in Ohio. This includes 109 rural (63%) and 63 urban (37%) fatal crashes.

A map on page 9 shows the distribution of motorcycle fatalities by county.

Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) “2009 Illinois Crash Facts & Statistics” (pdf) in 2009 (the latest year available) there were 3846 motorcycle accidents and 124 fatal motorcycle accidents.

As stated on page 21:

Motorcycle crashes account for 1.3 percent of all crashes in the year 2009.  The number of motorcyclists killed decreased by 3.7 percent, from 135 in 2008 to 130 in 2009.  These motorcycle fatalities account for 14.3 percent of all fatalities in 2009.

Also seen on page 21, more than half (2144) of the 3977 motorcycle crashes occurred when the motorcyclist was “Going Straight Ahead” at the time of the accident.

Motorcyclist Struck And Killed In Pekin, Illinois

On Thursday, July 21, a motorcyclist was struck and killed by a motorist in Pekin, Illinois.

Allegedly, an elderly woman ran a red light at the intersection of Margaret and 2nd Street and struck the motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist has been identified as William L. Wiker, Jr., 56, of Pekin.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, an unidentified woman, was taken to Pekin Hospital but did not appear to have major injuries.

The incident remains under investigation.

Additional details can be found in the centralillinoisnewscenter.com story of July 21 titled “Fatal motorcycle accident in Pekin.”

Motorcycle Safety – Highland Park Illinois

In the July 15 2011 edition of “The Highlander,” (pdf) the monthly publication of the City of Highland Park, there is a section on page 5 titled “Motorists Cautioned to Drive Safely With Motorcyclists.”

The section is three paragraphs long and contains a variety of information with regard to motorcycle and motor scooter safety.

A notable excerpt includes:

The most common causes of motorcycle crashes occur when: a vehicle turns left in front of a motorcycle that has the right-of-way; a vehicle rear-ends a slowing or stopping motorcycle; a vehicle changes lanes and strikes a motorcycle; and a motorcycle exceeds the speed limit or drives too fast for conditions.

The section also suggests a variety of safety recommendations.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident On West Lake Street In Chicago

A man was killed on his motorcycle this morning in the 3600 block of West Lake Street in Chicago.

Details regarding the accident are not extensive.  According to a July 21 Chicago Tribune story on the accident, titled “Motorcyclist crashes into ‘L’ support beam, dies“, Tarzan Lynch, of Chicago’s West Side, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a metal support column part of the CTA tracks.

According to the story:

Police said that Lynch was changing lanes at about 10 a.m. Wednesday in the 3600 block of West Lake Street when he collided with support beam underneath the Conservatory-Central Park Drive stop on the CTA’s Green Line.

According to the medical examiner’s office, Lynch was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.