Motorcycle riders are arguably the most vulnerable motorists on the road. They are smaller and lack the structural protection that cars and trucks provide. While there is no Illinois state law requiring helmets, often a helmet is all that a rider has to protect him or her in the event of an accident. Because of this, it is essential that all motorists on the road stay aware and respectful of these motorcycles.
Unfortunately, not all drivers take this duty seriously, and riders can end up injured or killed in a motorcycle accident. When these accidents happen, it can be essential to investigate the accident, pinpoint the cause of the crash and hold the responsible party accountable for the damages.
One Illinois motorcyclist is doing just that after he suffered serious injuries in an accident with a car. According to a lawsuit the man filed, he was riding on Illinois Route 177 when a car coming from the opposite direction crossed the center lane. The car hit the motorcycle and the rider suffered serious injuries. He was admitted to the hospital with several broken bones, a brain injury, a lacerated liver, a collapsed lung and serious lacerations.
Luckily, the rider survived the accident, but his life has been dramatically changed since them. He has been unable to pursue gainful employment because of his injuries, which is making it just that much more difficult for him to handle the medical bills he has also incurred because of the crash. Because of the damage that was done to the motorcyclist, both physically and financially, the victim filed a lawsuit seeking more than $50,000 from the negligent driver of the car.
Source: The Madison St. Clair Record, “Motorcyclist sues over Route 177 accident,” Kelly Holleran, Oct. 10, 2012
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Victim of Illinois motorcycle accident seeks more than $50,000