Motorcycle riders who are struck by vehicles typically suffer catastrophic — or even fatal — injuries. The chance of survival is particularly slim when the biker is without a crash helmet. An Illinois biker was recently injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred in Williamson County.
According to an accident report provided by the Illinois State Police, the crash happened on a recent Tuesday. Reportedly, a 46-year-old Herrin woman pulled onto Illinois 148 from a Walmart parking lot. She allegedly entered the southbound lanes without checking for oncoming traffic. This put her vehicle directly into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
In the collision that followed, the biker smashed into the left side of the car and suffered serious injuries after being ejected from the bike. Authorities said the injured biker was not wearing a crash helmet. The accident victim was airlifted to a medical facility for treatment of injuries, while Illinois 148 was closed for almost an hour. No details were provided about the person’s condition after admission to the hospital. The driver of the car was cited for turning left without yielding.
The injured victim of this motorcycle accident retains the right to seek recovery of financial and other damages sustained as the result of the collision. A personal injury claim may be filed in an Illinois civil court against the party or parties deemed responsible. If negligence is established by appropriate proof, documented claims for damages will be adjudicated; a monetary judgment may follow. Claimed damages may include emotional and financial losses sustained.
Source: thesouthern.com, “Motorcycle driver ejected in crash airlifted from Herrin Walmart parking lot“, Molly Parker, July 27, 2016