A motorcycle rider from Fairfield was injured yesterday when he was involved in accident with a pickup truck yesterday. According to reports from the Illinois State Police, the rider was travelling westbound on Route 15 when the truck reportedly pulled out in front of him, causing him to crash into the truck. The force of the crash caused him to be thrown from his bike.
The rider was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Meanwhile, the driver of the truck was cited for failure to yield.
Motorcycle riders are a tell-tale sign of spring after a long winter. It is seems like there is an annual ritual for drivers to get used to seeing motorcycles again. Nevertheless, drivers have a duty to keep their sights out for bikes.
The accident above is a classic example of a driver’s failure to use reasonable care while behind the wheel. Because of this, the injured rider may seek compensation for his injuries, income lost from not being able to work, as well as medical costs stemming from his hospital stay. The rider may also seek compensation for any rehabilitation costs that may come about.
As spring turns into summer, it is expected that the number of motorcycle riders will increase. While riders also have a duty to use due care while on the road, they tend to have more at stake because of their vulnerability. In exchange for the speed and freedom of riding a motorcycle, they also are at a greater risk of injury.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, an experienced attorney can advise you.
Source: SouthernIllinois.14news.com, Motorcycle rider critical after Wayne County accident, April 23, 2013