Motorcyclists in Illinois may be enjoying the weather the fall season has to offer, whether they are going on a scenic ride or simply commuting to and from work. However, it is important for motorists to pay attention to their surroundings, and this includes keeping an eye out for motorcyclists sharing the road. Motorcycle awareness is important, as motorcycle accidents can lead to serious injuries.
A motorcyclist was sent to the hospital recently after being involved in a collision with an automobile on West Main Street in Belleville. According to one witness, the front of a car struck the motorcyclist. The witness said there was a crunching sound as the motorcyclist slid sideways on the road. The witness reports that the motorcyclist maintained consciousness following the crash. According to the witness, the motorcyclist had a bloody leg, as well as road rash.
Motorcycle accidents have the potential to be catastrophic. Injuries to the head, neck, back and limbs are common, and could necessitate a significant amount of medical care and rehabilitation. Sometimes a person is so badly injured that they can never fully recover and will remain permanently disabled. And, in the worst of circumstances, a motorcycle accident can be fatal.
Motorcyclists involved in car accidents, or their family if the motorcyclist passed away, may want to pursue damages from the motorist responsible for the crash. Compensation sought may include recovery for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages. A personal injury attorney may be able to assess a person's case, to determine whether filing a lawsuit is in the person's best interests.
Source: Belleville News-Democrat, "Man hospitalized after motorcycle accident in Belleville," Kaley Johnson, Sept. 30, 2017