Southern Illinois Sees Multiple Weekend Motorcycle Accidents at end of August 2012
Posted on August 27th, 2012 by Zane Cagle
Motorcycle accidents were numerous in Southern Illinois in the last weekend of August 2012. The Southern reported that as many as four motorcycle accidents were reported this past Saturday in Southern Illinois. A 20 yr-old man of Herrrin was killed in one motorcycle accident which happened on Grassy Road just west of Pine Ridge Road. According to authorities, the man was traveling south when his motorcycle left the road and hit a guard rail. The accident remains under investigation by the Williamson County coroner’s and sheriff’s offices.
Illinois State Police also reported that another motorcycle rear-ended a truck pulling a flatbed trailer on Illinois 154 west of Illinois 148 on Saturday morning. Apparently, the truck was waiting for another car to turn when the motorcyclist struck the trailer from behind. The motorcyclist was taken to a St. Louis hospital and at the time of press, their medical condition was undetermined.
Motorcycle riding is one of the cheapest ways of travel regarding gas and maintenance. However, it can be one of the most expensive when it comes to catastrophic injuries and fatalities. All too often I visit with loved ones of motorcyclist who has lost their life in a motorcycle accident. The number one cause of motorcycle crashes is inattentiveness. Inattentiveness is the greatest factor in auto accidents and motorcycle accidents. The primary complicating factors for motorcyclist are the small weight and lack of protection. Due to a motorcycle’s light weight especially in comparison to an automobile or a semi-truck, the bike and it’s rider can easily be seriously injured or killed when crashes occur. A motorcycle rider is by nature more exposed to all elements even if wearing a helmet. Essentially, motorcyclist are hurling down the highway exposed even when wearing a helmet and safety clothing.
A simple rear-end crash for a passenger car can easily be a fatality if on a motorcycle.
While investigations continue in the weekend accidents to determine factors and causes in the motorcycle crashes, inattentiveness is usually a factor. Whether it is on the behalf of the motorcyclist or the driver of the other vehicle, a one point either or both of the drivers may have had moments of inattentiveness that contributed to the crash. Often as we adjust our mirrors, radios, or check our cell phones for directions, our eyes are adverted from driving. What seems like a harmless second can be the difference between a near-miss and a fatality.
Why do I talk about motorcycle tragedies in my blog? To remind and help create awareness for safety. If my constant nagging and frequent posts cause just one person to increase their driving attentiveness, then my efforts are worthy. I work with clients who lives have been forever changed by accidents and poor decision of others. Whether the other drivers were inattentive due to distractions or chemicals, the results are the same…….lives ended or forever changed.
As summer months and fall approaches, I like to remind everyone to keep a look out for motorcyclist. As a motorcyclist……..wear your helmet and drive defensively. If you are the driver of a passenger car, you have inevitably been annoyed with a motorcyclist for driving too fast or weaving in and out of traffic due to their easy maneuverability and as a motorcyclist, you have been annoyed when it seems drivers of passenger cars do not see you, turn in front of you or nearly take you out completely. We all have to share the road and sharing the road means being considerate and keeping an eye out for all kinds of drivers and look out for all person’s safety
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney to be certain that a thorough investigation is conducted. After a crash, the last thing you are usually thinking of is your financial future, but the serious injuries you can sustain in a motorcycle crash can be life changing if not fatal. If you have been involved in an accident and you suspect it was caused by another driver, you should seek information and knowledge about your potential insurance claim and other options. More often than not, the motorcycle accident victim is too injured to think about contacting an attorney and I frequently speak initially with the family members who are most concerned about their loved one’s future. At The Cagle Law Firm, we believe getting information is always smart and consultations are always free—
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