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2 die in motorcycle accident involving car crossing center line

Even when riders choose to wear helmets, motorcyclists remain vulnerable. Without the protection specially designed car bodies offer to motorists, motorcyclists who are involved in crashes often suffer catastrophic injuries or worse. Two people recently lost their lives in a motorcycle accident just west of Illinois City.

A preliminary accident report states that a man and his girlfriend, ages 42 and 37 respectively, were westbound on a motorcycle when an eastbound driver of a car allegedly crossed into their traffic lane. In the head-on collision that followed, they were apparently both thrown clear of the motorcycle. A coroner reported that initial results from the autopsies indicated that their deaths were caused by multiple traumatic injuries.

Bicycle accident: Cyclist hit by side mirror of pickup truck

May is National Bike Month, and some Illinois counties are taking this opportunity to address bicycle safety on the roads. Most cyclists ride their bikes as safely as most drivers operate their automobiles, but, there are exceptions -- regardless of the means of transport. Even though some bicycle riders may not follow the rules of the road, some automobile and truck drivers are simply negligent or distracted, while others have no consideration for bicycle riders. All too often, such negligence leads to a bicycle accident that can have devastating consequences.

After a recent bicycle accident that could have been fatal, northern Illinois police urged cyclists to wear reflective clothing and protective gear. Reflectors and lights are also required by law to ensure cyclists are visible when riding after dark. Recently, a bicyclist was extremely fortunate to suffer non-serious injuries when his head was struck by the side mirror of a pickup truck on U.S. 20.

Driver of lawn tractor dies in rear-end car accident

When Illinois drivers come across unconventional vehicles on the road, they may not be prepared for the slow speeds such vehicles are able to travel. A man driving a lawn tractor lost his life in a recent car accident on Illinois 124. Similar to motorcycle riders, drivers of such vehicles have little or no protection against the impact of a collision.

In a preliminary report, Illinois State Police said that the lawn tractor was southbound on a Tuesday afternoon. An 18-year-old driver of a sedan apparently approached from behind and rear-ended the lawn tractor. The impact sent the two vehicles to opposite sides of the roadway, and the critically injured driver of the lawn tractor was rushed to a hospital.

Driver pleads guilty after fatality in drunk driving accident

It is widely known that alcohol in the system of a driver can adversely affect his or her ability to react in emergency situations. Even when drivers feel unaffected by one or two drinks and do not seem intoxicated, their reactions are often slowed. An 18-year-old passenger riding in a pickup truck with a driver who was apparently under the influence of alcohol lost his life in a 2014 drunk driving accident on an icy road in Illinois.

The 21-year-old driver recently pleaded guilty to DUI charges and resisting arrest. According to court documents, two state troopers who were stopped on the side of a White County road reportedly noticed no erratic driving when the pickup truck went past them moments prior to the accident. Three passengers who were in the vehicle said they hit an icy patch on the road. The driver was apparently unable to maintain control, and the truck went off the road and rolled over.

Driver pleads guilty to reckless homicide in fatal car accident

Can regular use of medication drugs affect a driver's ability to properly operate a vehicle? A recent hearing suggested that a driver could be adversely affected even if the presence of drugs in the system is minimal. An Illinois man may be facing incarceration of up to five years after pleading guilty to charges of reckless homicide in a car accident that occurred last October.

The prosecution alleged that the conduct of the 61-year-old driver led to the injuries and ultimate death of a 23-year-old woman on Interstate 57. Toxicology tests apparently indicated the presence of Xanax and Lexapro, along with the broken down residue of cocaine in the defendant's system. However, it was reportedly the opinion of a forensic scientist that the drugs in his system did not constitute chemical impairment at the time of the accident.

Personal injury claim may follow Illinois drunk driving accident

Most Illinois residents know someone who has been injured in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver. A victim of a drunk driving accident will likely be emotional and experience anger and may be considering the possibility of holding the intoxicated driver responsible. There may be questions about legal options and how to go about filing a claim.

A 48-year-old Illinois resident may be considering his options after he was recently involved in an auto accident that was allegedly caused by a drunk driver. The Illinois State Police reported that a 52-year-old driver was southbound on a road in Henderson County in the early morning hours of a recent Sunday morning. For unknown reasons, she reportedly crossed into the northbound lanes and smashed into a pickup truck.

6 People in hospitals after 5-car auto accident in Gurnee

The busy roads of Illinois are often the scenes of multi-vehicle accidents. If one driver loses control of a vehicle -- or is distracted -- at a time of high traffic levels, it can lead to accidents involving several other vehicles. Such an auto accident often has devastating repercussions that may include life-changing injuries and even fatalities.

Six accident victims landed in hospitals after a multi-vehicle accident that occurred in Gurnee on a recent Friday morning. According to a preliminary accident report from the Gurnee Police, two vehicles collided on eastbound Grand Avenue. The impact caused one of the cars to careen into the lanes carrying westbound traffic. This resulted in three westbound vehicles becoming involved in a second accident.

4 Injured in car accident after driver allegedly ran red light

Drivers in Illinois must be observant at all times as a moment's distraction may cause an accident. Too many collisions result from drivers disregarding traffic signs, often with devastating consequences. One such car accident was reported to have taken place in Carterville on a recent Monday.

The Carterville Police Department reported that the accident was under investigation at the time of the media report. Preliminary reports indicated that a 68-year-old driver failed to stop at a red traffic light and smashed into another vehicle that was in the intersection at the time. The other driver was in the process of turning when the accident occurred.

3 injured in rear-end car accident file suit against driver

A driver's momentary distraction may result in a rear-end collision with devastating consequences. These types of car accidents are often caused by drivers who drive too fast and fail to maintain safe following distances. A rear-end car accident often leads to severe injuries that can jeopardize a victim's ability to continue living life on his or her own terms. The occupants of a stationary car can also suffer life-changing head, neck and back injuries because of the force of another vehicle hitting their vehicle from the rear.

An Illinois resident is now being sued by three occupants of a car that he allegedly rear-ended in March of 2014. The plaintiffs claim that the defendant smashed into the rear of their vehicle while they were stationary at a stop sign. They allege that he was traveling at about 60 mph when he struck their car. They state that the impact was so significant that one occupant's head broke the rear windshield when it struck it.

Recent fatal car accident underscores aim of graduated driver law

After 15 teenagers lost their lives up in Tazewell County in a period of 15 months, the Illinois graduated driver law became effective in 2008. This law is designed to limit the number of senseless teenage fatalities by restricting the driving privileges of teens, to some extent, until they become more experienced drivers. A recent Aurora car accident that took the lives of two teenagers and injured others may underscore the need for young drivers and their parents to revisit the requirements of the graduated driver law.

The teenagers, who were all 16 and 17 years old, were reportedly traveling to watch an evening basketball game. In dense fog, the 17-year-old driver apparently failed to stop at a red traffic light, and a semi truck smashed into the SUV he was operating. Schools in the area reported that bus services are offered for away games, especially when the games are played at night, but it was also noted that these services were seldom supported. According to the graduated driver law, drivers are only regarded as somewhat experienced after they have had their driver's licenses for longer than one year.

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