Articles Posted in Motorcycle Accidents

The Elman Joseph Law Group won a $209,000 settlement for a Will County motorcycle accident injury case. The plaintiff was Javier Cotto and the defendant was Joan Eklund. [Name of case; Javier Cotto vs. Joan Eklund, 19 L 51 (Will County, IL); Name of (lead) lawyer: Anthony R. Elman with co-counsel attorneys, Lerner and Rowe]

The underlying motorcycle accident occurred in Crest Hill, Illinois on December 16, 2017. On that date, a motorcyclist, Javier Cotto, 34, was riding his Suzuki motorcycle eastbound along Theodore Street. At the intersection of Theodore Street and Rock Run Drive, Cotto alleges that a westbound Toyota Camry driven by Joan Eklund was attempting to make a left-hand turn and failed to yield the right-of-way, and the Camry collided with Cotto’s motorcycle.

Joan Eklund filed many affirmative defenses against Javier Cotto, alleging that he failed to keep a proper lookout; failed to keep his motorcycle in proper lane of travel; operated his motorcycle too fast for conditions; failed to yield the right of way to defendant’s vehicle; disobeyed a traffic signal; failed to activate the horn; and failed to avoid impact.

Recent there have been a number of serious injuries, as well as fatalities, related to motorcycle accidents in the Chicago area as well as throughout Illinois.

Motorcycle accidents can occur for a number of reasons, and often result in serious accident injuries.  The type of accident injuries resulting from these collisions and crashes is broad, and the accident injuries vary in severity.  It is not uncommon for non-fatal rider injuries to require extensive medical care, including surgeries, hospitalization, and various medical tests.  Rehabilitation from such injuries include both physical and occupational rehabilitation.

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There was a fatal motorcycle accident Friday evening (May 6, 2016) on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive (LSD) in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 10:26 p.m., and involved a motorcycle colliding with an SUV.

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There was a fatal Chicago motorcycle accident last night (October 19, 2015) on Lake Shore Drive near Buckingham Fountain.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 10:25 p.m., and involved a motorcyclist hitting two people who were walking across the street with a green light.

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There was a fatal motorcycle accident early this morning (June 28, 2015) on the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) near Westchester.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), shortly before 2 a.m. they responded to a crash involving multiple vehicles, including a motorcycle and three cars.

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There was a motorcycle accident on Chicago’s Edens Expressway early this morning (August 27, 2013), which led to the death of the motorcyclist.

The motorcycle accident happened in the northbound lanes of the Edens near the Wilson Avenue exit. According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the motorcyclist collided with a bridge at approximately 1:15 a.m.

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There was a motorcycle accident on Lake Shore Drive this evening.

Details on the accident are somewhat limited. However, it is being reported that the accident was a possible hit & run accident that happened on Lake Shore Drive and the northbound ramp leading to the Stevenson Expressway.

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There was a fatal motorcycle accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway this morning. The accident happened on the Dan Ryan (I-90/94) near 35th Street, in the northbound express lanes.

An excerpt from the DNAInfo.com article of July 8, titled “Motorcyclist Killed in Crash on Dan Ryan Expressway” :

The motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed on the Dan Ryan when traffic ahead of him slowed to a stop, and he crashed into a Dodge Caliber near 35th Street about 6:15 a.m., Illinois State Police District Chicago Trooper Elizabeth Nanai said.

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On Tuesday, a 50-year-old Winnetka man traveling on a scooter died after being struck by a car in Skokie, Illinois.

The accident happened near the intersection of Crawford Avenue and Dempster Street.

According to police, the man, Thomas W. Hensel, was riding his scooter southbound on Crawford Avenue when a vehicle traveling northbound struck him.

Hensel was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston where he was pronounced dead at 4:26 p.m.

There was a witness to the accident, Lisa Silverman. She said she saw the body “fly, rotating high up in the air, almost suspended for a moment and hit the ground right in front of me.”

“I’m still shaken up,” Silverman said. “The driver and passenger of the car are so young … I can’t imagine what was going through their heads when this all happened.”

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Fred Dech, 51, of Chicago, has died this morning after losing control of his motorcycle on the southbound Dan Ryan Expressway.

The motorcycle accident happened as Dech was driving his Honda motorcycle. He hit a car in front of him on the expressway and lost control.

According to Illinois State Police, the accident happened at approximately 9:23 a.m. on the Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 94) at 51st Street.

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