A motorcyclist was injured after his motorcycle collided with a vehicle recently on U.S. 6 near the intersection of I-55 on May 1. Witnesses state that the traffic was heavy at the time of the accident. The driver of the vehicle, a 19-year old Oglesby resident, pulled into the intersection from a gas station but then had to stop because of the heavy traffic.
When the motorcyclist attempted to pass the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle pulled out in front of him. The motorcyclist then struck the vehicle and slid into a nearby ditch. The motorcyclist sustained back injuries during the collision. Police are still investigating what caused the motorcycle accident. No one has been charged pending completion of the investigation.
Motorcycle and vehicle collisions often end in severe injury to the motorcyclist, who is afforded no protection from the considerable mass of a motor vehicle. In this case, the driver of the vehicle may be cited for failure to yield the right of way if police determine that the motorcyclist was already in the lane when the vehicle pulled out in front of him.
When injuries are sustained in a vehicle accident, the innocent party may be entitled to recover damages in the form of monetary compensation. This compensation may include repayment of any medical expenses incurred by the injured party as well as payment for pain and suffering. The victim may be able to seek reimbursement for any lost wages that resulted from the time spent away from work. A consultation with a Chicago motor vehicle accident attorney may prove to be invaluable to an injured person who is in the process of determining their legal rights.
Source: Shorewood Patch, “UPDATE: Motorcycle Accident Remains Under Investigation,” Ron Kremer, May 1, 2013