Motorcyclist Critically Injured In Decatur Car Accident

Illinois State Police Investigating Decatur Motorcycle Accident on Route 36 Near North 27th Street

Motorcyclist Critically Injured In Decatur Car Accident

DECATUR, ILLINOIS (June 17, 2024) – A motorcyclist was critically injured in a Decatur car accident along Route 36 along North 27th Street.

Macon County officials are saying that the accident took place around 11:00 p.m. on Friday. A Jeep was traveling eastbound on Route 36 and made a left turn onto North 27th Street when it hit a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. He was airlifted to a local trauma center with critical injuries.

The driver of the Jeep was uninjured. A full investigation into the Decatur motorcycle accident remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Macon County Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists have a small profile and are uniquely vulnerable to the hazards posed by car accidents. According to the National Safety Council, “Although motorcycles make up only 3% of all registered vehicles and 0.7% of all vehicle miles traveled in the United States, motorcyclists accounted for 14.6% of all traffic fatalities and 3.5% of all injuries in 2022.” Drivers should take a number of measures in order to prevent motorcycle accidents.

  • Drivers should slow down during periods of reduced visibility and inclement weather.
  • Drivers should use their turn signals in order to alert others to their intentions.
  • Drivers should maintain a safe distance from all vehicles ahead of them.

Every driver has a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid collisions. Many motorcycle accidents are due to drivers who make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-707), no person shall make a left turn or U-turn upon a roadway unless such a movement can be made with reasonable safety. If a driver fails to yield the right of way to a vehicle close enough so as to pose a hazard, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Victims of motorcycle accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries.

  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Head injuries
  • Organ damage

The vast majority of motorcycle accidents are preventable and involve some amount of negligence. This is especially true when drivers are making turns. Drivers are often distracted as they check for cross-traffic. It is important for accident victims to understand that they do have rights. Any person who is injured due to the negligence of another driver may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Decatur Motorcycle Accidents

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the motorcyclist injured in this Decatur collision. It is our sincere hope that they will be able to make a full recovery. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what took place.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Decatur motorcycle accident? You may have legal recourse. Our team of motorcycle accident attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the support and justice that they need in order to recover. 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.