Many motorcyclists in the Champaign area enjoy long leisurely weekends riding through Central Illinois over to the Peoria River and back home. The nearly 220 mile round-trip begins in downtown Champaign heading west on Interstate 74 through Bloomington-Normal, Carlock, Goodfield, Deer Creek and Morton. The halfway point of the trip takes the bikers and passengers across the Illinois River into Peoria for a night time stay to visit many of the biking bars in the city.
Early the next morning, bikers head just a few miles east back over the Illinois River to turn onto northbound Illinois State Route 24/166 (N. Main Street) to the town of Spring Day for a fun day on the shores of Upper Peoria Lake. The rural scenic countryside from Champaign to Peoria is mostly flat lands with only a few twists and turns and two lane blacktop. From summer until late spring, there are numerous wildlife on along the road including geese and wild turkeys.
The two-day adventure includes spectacular scenery, shopping malls, flea markets and antique shops. Bikers and passengers will enjoy access to fast food, fancy dining, small communities and eating dockside at the river and lake.Recent Champaign Motorcycle Accidents
The Champaign motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers remind bikers to remain aware of hazardous conditions on urban streets and rural roadways. The most recent major deadly motorcycle accidents that occurred in the Champaign area involved:
- In May 2014, a student from University of Illinois Urban-Champaign lost his life in a motorcycle crash involving an automobile at the intersection of Lincoln and University Avenues just days prior to his college graduation. The victim was transported to Carle Foundation Hospital but later succumbed to his multiple traumatic injuries. The biker was hit by a female motorist who had turned left into his oncoming path.
- A serious crash in May 2015 involved the motorcycle crash with a SUV just a few miles east of Urbana. The incident occurred in the rural community at Cottonwood Road on U.S. 150. The 59-year-old Champaign motorcyclist was traveling west on 150 when the driver of the sports utility vehicle turned north in his pathway. The driver was ticketed by local law enforcement for failing to yield when turning left.
- Two fatal motorcycle accidents occurred in the Champaign area in May 2015. A motorcyclist struck a pedestrian near the intersection of Hickory Street and Bradley Avenue in Champaign. The pedestrian was crossing Bradley Avenue when he was hit by the motorcycle, and succumbed to his wounds after being transported to the Carle Foundation Hospital.
- The second fatal motorcycle accident in Champaign in May involved a female resident of Mattoon who lost her life as a motorcycle passenger after the bike collided with the deer in Coles County. The 43-year-old Harley Davidson motorcycle driver was transported to the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for treatment of his wounds. The incident occurred at dawn on northbound Interstate 57 at milepost 201. Neither motorcycle riders were wearing a helmet.
If you have suffered serious injuries in a Champaign motorcycle accident, it is essential to consider hiring a lawyer to handle your case. The motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will take every step necessary to investigate your claim, gather evidence, speak to eyewitnesses, take pictures of both vehicles, review medical records and police reports, and document the skid marks and the position of both vehicles after the accident.
Our law firm handles motorcycle accident cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you are only required to pay your legal fees after we negotiate your out of court settlement with the insurance company or from your jury trial award. Call our offices today at (888) 424-5757 to speak with a legal representative about your case.