James Comerford Killed In Sangamon County Motorcycle Accident

Motorcyclist James Comerford, 56, Died In Sangamon County Car Accident With Pickup Truck Near Waverly Road and Route 104

James Comerford Killed In Sangamon County Motorcycle Accident

SANGAMON COUNTY, ILLINOIS (May 21, 2024) – A 57-year-old motorcyclist identified as James Comerford has tragically died in a Sangamon County car accident.

Sangamon County officials are saying that the collision took place around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. A pickup truck entered the intersection and collided with a motorcycle driven by James Comerford.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures, James Comerford was pronounced dead at the scene.

The pickup truck driver was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision and yield at an intersection. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Sangamon County Car Accidents

Car accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. According to the IIHS, “There were 39,508 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2021 in which 42,939 deaths occurred. This resulted in 12.9 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.37 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.” Drivers should take a number of measures in order to prevent accidents.

  • Drivers should be well rested before heading out onto the road.
  • Drivers should check their blind spots before making turns.
  • Drivers should continuously scan the road ahead of them.

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care and drive within the speed limit in order to avoid collisions. According to Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-601, no person shall operate their vehicle at a speed greater than what would be reasonable or safe given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a driver fails to slow down in order to avoid a collision, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any car accident.

  • Surveillance footage of the collision should be sought.
  • Medical records related to the crash should be preserved.
  • The police report of the collision should be collected.
  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.

The vast majority of car accidents are preventable and involve some amount of human error. This could include instances where drivers fail to check their blind spots and turn into the paths of other vehicles. The factors that contribute to any collision could take place hours, days, or weeks beforehand. It is important that accident victims understand that they do have rights.

Investigating Sangamon County Car Accidents

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of James Comerford. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the police. This was a preventable tragedy that should not have taken place. There are so many questions that remain unanswered.

Do you need more information about a Sangamon County car accident? Our team of roadway safety advocates is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.