Springfield Motorcyclist Killed In Utility Truck Accident

Springfield Motorcyclist Died In Collision With Utility Truck By The Intersection of Veteran’s Parkway and Palomino Road

Springfield Motorcyclist Killed In Utility Truck Accident

SPRINGFIELD, CALIFORNIA (July 6, 2023) – A 63-year-old motorcyclist has tragically died in a Springfield utility truck accident by Veteran’s Parkway and Palomino Road.

Sangamon County officials are saying that the collision took place on Monday. The motorcyclist was struck by the utility truck under unclear conditions.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures, he later died due to the severe nature of his injuries.

A full investigation into the Springfield motorcycle crash remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Springfield Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are more likely to be overlooked by drivers due to their small profile. 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, 18% of all occupant fatalities, and 4% of all occupant injuries in 2020.” There are a number of steps that drivers should take in order to prevent motorcycle collisions.

  • Drivers should check their blind spots before making turns.
  • Drivers should always following motorcyclists and other drivers at a safe distance.
  • Drivers should slow down during periods of inclement weather.

The vast majority of motorcycle accidents are preventable and involve some amount of driver error. 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 makes an unsafe turn in front of a motorcyclist, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.

Utility trucks are often used for commercial purposes. The company that a truck driver worked for could face vicarious liability for any collision. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any car accident.

  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • The police report for the accident should be examined.
  • A thorough investigation should be conducted.

It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after any collision. Evidence is what will ultimately be used to determine liability for any crash. The family of any person that is killed in a car accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Sadly, though, drivers will often fight hard to deny liability for any collision.

Investigating Sonoma County Motorcycle Accidents

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of the motorcyclist killed in this collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.

Do you need more information about a Springfield motorcycle accident? Our team of motorcycle safety advocates are 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 a free, independent investigation into any collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.