After months of braving the cold, summer has finally arrived in Southern Illinois. While drivers throughout the Belleville area are accustomed to dealing with the sleet, snow and ice that make for treacherous driving conditions during the winter months, the summer months can also be hazardous.
A terrible incident happened on an Illinois roadway on a recent weekend evening. In the motorcycle accident on Highway 67, a couple lost their lives. The driver that is accused of smashing into them was unhurt in the crash.
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.
An Illinois man is now facing criminal charges for an accident that took the life of one man and sent five others to the hospital. According to the Illinois State Police, the motorcycle accident occurred in the early afternoon.
State and local authorities in Illinois have noted a spike in motorcycle crashes involving fatalities. Officials are warning motorists to be more careful on the road during the summer months, citing a number of factors that have led to the increase in motorcycle accident deaths.
Summer has finally arrived, and many people throughout Illinois are taking advantage of the warm weather to ride their motorcycles. Bikers know that there are dangers on the road, and most riders operate their vehicles with a great deal of caution. After all, no one wants to be involved in a motorcycle accident. However, even the most careful rider can fall victim to the careless or reckless behavior of others.
Belleville residents know that when people drive while under the influence of alcohol, the consequences are often devastating. Motorcyclists, in particular, may be at a greater risk of serious injury when people operate larger vehicles while drunk. That was certainly the case for six Illinois motorcyclists when a man now charged with drunk driving hit them with his pickup truck. Several of the motorcyclists were seriously injured, and sadly the crash took a Pinckney woman's life.
When a victim is injured in a motor vehicle accident in St. Clair County and elsewhere, that person is entitled to compensation for any injuries caused by the negligence of another. And when the individual who caused the accident does not have appropriate insurance, the victim may claim uninsured motorist insurance from their own insurance policy. That appears to be the case for two victims of a motorcycle accident, and now the insurer that paid the uninsured motorist claims is now seeking reimbursement from the negligent party.