Our law firm understands that collisions between semi truck drivers and other motorists remain one of the most devastating types of accidents on Illinois roadways. When these accidents involve motorcycles, the results can be extremely severe to those involved, especially the motorcyclist. This was the case on Wednesday when a motorcyclist was killed after a semi-truck tractor struck her from behind. The 57-year old motorcyclist was westbound near the U.S. Route 51 and Illinois State Route 16 at 2:00pm when she slowed to turn right into the Rosebud parking lot. According to the preliminary Illinois State Police report, the semi-truck hit her as she was turning, causing her to be thrown from her vehicle.
Pananewsonline.net reports that the motorcyclist died of injuries she sustained in the accident. She was pronounced dead on arrival in St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. The 34-year old semi-truck driver was uninjured and was later ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The accident remains under investigation by state police.
From the perspective of our motorcycle accident attorneys, motorcycle riders who are stopped or are traveling at a slow speed in preparation to turn are at a very high risk for being hit from behind by other vehicles. Rear-end collisions are especially dangerous and often traumatic for motorcyclists. Due to the larger size and weight of semi trucks in combination with the smaller size and vulnerability of motorcycles, the likelihood of the motorcyclist sustaining serious injury during a collision occurring greatly increases.
Often times, semi-truck and motorcycle collisions occur due to the negligence of one of the drivers involved, while other accidents occur because of the difficulty of maneuvering and slowing a semi truck. Based on the above report, all semi-truck drivers should be cautious while turning, changing lanes, and traveling behind smaller vehicles. Placing a significant amount of distance between your truck and other vehicles can potentially be the difference between causing an accident and avoiding one. In the mean time, motorcyclists should always drive defensively, wear helmets, and make themselves visible to other drivers. Try to avoid driving next to a truck for an extended period of time, and if you must pass a truck, do so quickly.
Our lawyers at Levin & Perconti want all motorists to recognize how essential it is to exercise extreme caution when driving near or around motorcycles. Keeping the above safety tips in mind will help you avoid being involved in a motor vehicle accident this summer. When any motorist suffers serious injuries as the result of a careless or negligent driver, including semi-truck drivers, 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, our attorneys are here to assist you in determining what rights and compensation may be available to you.