Motorcyclist Killed In Quincy Truck Accident on 12th Street
Truck Accident - January 25, 2024
Motorcycle Rider Died In Collision With Pickup Truck In Quincy By 12th Street and Chestnut
QUINCY, ILLINOIS (January 25, 2024) – A motorcyclist has tragically died in a collision with a pickup truck in Quincy by the intersection of 12th Street and Chestnut.
Quincy police officials are saying that the accident took place around 3:00 p.m. on Friday. The motorcyclist was traveling east on Chestnut when they were hit by a pickup truck turning at 12th Street.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. But those efforts were not successful and the motorcyclist was later pronounced dead.
A full investigation into the Quincy motorcycle collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Quincy Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists make up a relatively small number of the vehicles on the road. But they are involved in a disproportionate number of traffic fatalities. According to the National Safety Council, “Although motorcycles make up only 3% of all registered vehicles and 0.6% of all vehicle miles traveled in the United States, motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities, 17% of all occupant fatalities, and 3% of all occupant injuries in 2021.” There are a number of steps that drivers should take in order to avoid hitting motorcyclists.
- Drivers should slow down during periods of inclement weather or reduced visibility.
- Drivers should maintain a safe follow distance with all vehicles ahead of them.
- Drivers should check their blind spots before making turns.
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid collisions. Many motorcycle accidents are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. According to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-902), the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must first yield the right of way to all traffic that is close enough so as to pose a hazard. If a driver makes an abrupt left turn in front of another vehicle, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any collision.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
Pickup trucks are often used for commercial purposes such as landscaping and construction. If a pickup truck driver was working at the time of a collision, their employer could be held at fault. Generally speaking, employers are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course of their job duties. The family of any person that is killed in a motorcycle accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim.
Investigating Illinois Motorcycle Accidents
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of the motorcyclist killed in this Quincy collision. There needs to be a a thorough investigation into what happened. There have been numerous motorcycle fatalities along 12th Street. It is our sincere hope that city officials take action to prevent other tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about a Quincy motorcycle accident? Our team of roadway safety advocates are here to help in any way that we can. 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.