Motorcyclist Injured In Skokie Car Accident By Kedzie Avenue and Howard Street
Personal Injury - September 20, 2022
Motorcycle Rider Seriously Injured In Skokie Car Accident With Pickup Truck By Kedzie Avenue and Howard Street
SKOKIE, ILLINOIS (September 19, 2022) – A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Skokie car accident with a pickup truck by the intersection of Kedzie Avenue and Howard Street.
Cook County officials are saying that the accident took place on Wednesday afternoon. A motorcyclist was involved in a collision with a pickup truck under unclear conditions.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with injuries described as significant.
A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Skokie Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists are uniquely vulnerable in car accidents. They lack the protection of enclosed vehicles and are more likely to be overlooked. According to the Insurance Information Institute, “Operating a motorcycle requires a different combination of physical and mental skills than those used in driving four-wheel vehicles. Motorcyclists and their passengers are more vulnerable to the hazards of weather and road conditions than drivers in closed vehicles.” There are a number of steps that drivers should take in order to avoid hitting motorcyclists.
- Drivers should check their blind spots before making turns.
- Drivers should yield the right of way to close vehicles before making turns.
- Drivers should abstain from alcohol and other intoxicating substances.
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. Many collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns in the roadway. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-902), any driver intending to turn left must first yield the right-of-way to any driver traveling from the opposite direction that is close enough so as to pose a hazard. If a driver makes an abrupt turn in front of a motorcyclist prior to a collision, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
Many pickup trucks are used for commercial purposes such as landscaping or construction. If a pickup truck driver was working a the time of a collision, the company that they were working for could be liable for the collision. Companies are typically liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. For example, a driver may have been transporting materials when a crash occured. Victims of motorcycle accidents tend to suffer from very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Organ damage
It is very important that evidence is properly preserved after any collision. Even in the absence of eye witnesses or video surveillance, the physical evidence left behind at a crash site can paint a picture of what happened. Unfortunately, drivers will often fight hard to deny liability after any collision. Evidence is what will be necessary to demonstrate who was at fault for an accident.
Investigating A Cook County Motorcycle Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the motorcyclist injured in this Skokie collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of the victim.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured due to the negligence of another driver? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the information and resources that they are entitled to under the law. You are always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.