A woman died in a motorcycle accident last week when she struck a semi-trailer on Route 20 in Elgin Township. The 21-year old from Sycamore stopped on Plank Road facing north while waiting to make a turn east on Route 20 before the accident took place. According to Crystallake.patch.com, the motorcycle began turning, accelerated rapidly, then crossed the roadway and struck the semi-trailer. The woman was thrown from the motorcycle as a result of the impact and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Kane County Sheriff’s office stated the driver of the semi-truck was uninjured. No tickets have been issued thus far; the accident remains under investigation by numerous detectives and members of the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team, as well as Illinois State Police Truck Inspectors.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys understand that collisions between semi-truck drivers and other motorists remain some of the most devastating types of accidents, especially when these accidents involve motorcycles. Due to the larger size and weight of semi-trucks in combination with the smaller size and vulnerability of motorcycles, the likelihood of a serious injury during a collision occurring greatly increases. While many accidents may occur due to driver negligence, others simply occur because of the difficulty and potential dangers that go along with driving semi-trucks or motorcycles. Therefore, although many accidents are unavoidable, we would like to offer truck and motorcycle drivers some critical steps that can be taken to help drive defensively and to avoid being involved in any motor-vehicle collision this summer.
Based on the above report, it is always important to be cautious when turning. It is easy for motorcyclists to immediately accelerate at a rapid speed when turning, which increases the likelihood that the motorcycle can tilt on its side or travel in an undesired direction. Furthermore, as a truck driver begins a turn, he will usually first swing in the opposite direction, sometimes into the next lane, to complete the turn. It is best for motorcyclists and all other vehicles to avoid the truck altogether when this is occurring. All motorists should always place a significant amount of distance between their vehicles and semi-trucks on highways or larger roadways. They should also be cautious when passing semi-trucks because of their limited visibility. Finally, as always, taking extra care when driving in poor weather conditions is essential.
From the perspective of our lawyers, is important that all motorists, especially motorcyclists, exercise great caution when driving near or around semi-trucks. Truck and motorcycle accidents are extremely severe in that the difference in size of the vehicles involved may cause much greater property damage and personal injuries than other collisions. When motorists do suffer serious injuries as the result of another careless or negligent driver, they have the right to take action. If you have been seriously injured, or lost a loved one in an accident due to a negligent driver, please contact us for more information.