Illinois police were called to the scene of an accident in Lake County in the early morning hours of a recent Wednesday. Upon arrival, they found the body of a 50-year-old man whom they suspected had been thrown from his bike in a motorcycle accident. Police say they were under the initial impression that the motorcyclist had failed to navigate his bike around a curve and lost control.
While checking the accident scene, it became apparent that a motor vehicle had played a part in the crash. The sheriff's office reportedly received a call from a 34-year-old woman later that day. The woman informed police of her involvement in an accident and claimed to have fled the accident scene for fear of the consequences.
Accident investigators proceeded to the woman's residence, where they located the woman's car. They reportedly found damage that would be expected when considering the evidence they uncovered at the accident scene. It was also consistent with the woman's version of the circumstances of the crash. The woman was charged with leaving the scene of an accident without rendering aid to injured parties and failure to report the accident. She is now on a bond of $250,000, awaiting her next court hearing.
When an Illinois resident is killed in a motorcycle accident -- or any other road accident -- that resulted from another person's negligence, the surviving family members may seek financial aid to assist with end-of-life costs and other documented losses. They may file a wrongful death claim in a civil court. By the successful establishment of negligence before the court, a monetary judgment for losses deemed appropriate by the state laws may be awarded.
Source: Grayslake Il. Patch, "Woman Charged With Causing Crash That Killed Motorcyclist", Amie Schaenzer, Aug. 27, 2015