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An Illinois State Trooper was lucky to have avoided life-threatening injuries recently when the motorcycle on which he was riding was struck by a vehicle. The motorcycle accident happened as the Trooper followed behind a dump truck on a local highway. As a result of the incident, the Trooper was taken to the hospital for medical care, though he was released sometime later.

The Illinois motorcycle accident took place in Lebanon. Reports indicate that the Trooper was on Route 4 and following a dump truck when he slowed his motorcycle to allow the truck to back into a driveway. A car behind the Trooper failed to slow down in time and crashed into the back of the motorcycle. Now that driver faces charges that include failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

In this case, the Illinois Trooper received non life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash. However, in many such cases involving motorcycles and trucks, the results are more tragic. Often victims of such incidents find that they have severe, even life-threatening injuries that can take months to recover from properly. Even those whose injuries at first appear minor can find their symptoms worsening over the next few days or weeks, especially in a rear-end collision.

When a person in our state finds that they have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, they can sometimes discovery that they may be able to recover some of their losses using local personal injury laws. While this is not always the case, in many instances victims can ask for damages from the individual responsible for the crash. This liability for the driver at fault often leads to compensation for lost wages, physical damage and recovery for the victims of a motorcycle accident. It requires a demonstration of evidence proving that another person's negligence caused or contributed to the injury-inducing accident.

Source: stltoday.com, "Car crashes into rear of Illinois State Police motorcycle," Margaret Gillerman, Oct. 30, 2012

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