Decatur Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Many passionate motorcycle enthusiasts in the Decatur, Illinois area enjoy taking a leisurely weekend ride through beautiful Charleston heading south and east over to Vincennes just across the Indiana border. The route takes biking adventurers through numerous small towns that offer quintessential Midwest food and beverages. Tired riders can stop along the way to visit historic Lincoln Log Cabin State Park and the famous family home of President William Henry Harrison in Grouseland.
The 200-mile round trip adventure begins in downtown Charleston heading south to Janesville along Route 2 past Bradbury and Toledo, Illinois. Turning east on Route 121, the biker and passenger rides through Greenup before turning south on Route 130 to Liberty Hill, Hidalgo, Rose Hill, Newton, West Liberty, and into Olney. The final lap of the adventure is on eastbound state Route 50 through Lawrenceville and across the Indiana state border into Vincennes.
The scenic views and the open-air takes the riders through beautiful farmlands on smooth road surfaces. Even the tight corners offer excellent visibility.
However, there are numerous slow-moving tractors, farm equipment, and vehicles that can quickly pop up along the way. Because of that, it is highly advisable to stay alert even on long straight roads through scenic farmlands to avoid any severe mishap, accident, or event.
Recent Decatur Motorcycle Accidents
The Decatur motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC remind bikers and passengers of the inherent hazards of riding on the urban and rural streets throughout Macon County. Two recent fatal motorcycle accidents in and around the community include:
- In August 2020, a sixty-seven-year-old motorcycle rider from Decatur, IL, lost his life in a motorcycle accident in Macon County. The biker was ejected from his vehicle in a single bike accident a few minutes after midnight on W. Elwyn Rd., close to US Route 51.
- In April 2014, a Decatur man lost his life in a motorcycle accident occurring at the intersection of Ravina Park and Oakland. The biker rear-ended a pickup truck attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Ravina Park. Witnesses claim the motorcycle rider was traveling at an excessive speed and was seen swerving around traffic just before the collision.
- In June 2015, two male residents of Macon County lost their lives in a two-motorcycle / one-taxi accident occurring minutes before midnight at Cundiff Road on Route 48.
Bikers can take proactive measures to ensure they remain safe on America's roadways. Safely operating the motorcycle is essential because, in 2017, over 1900 motorcyclists who were killed in an accident were not wearing an approved helmet in the United States. Some bikers involved in accidents were unaware of the rules of the road and made poor decisions that led to their severe injuries or death.
Every biker should learn to drive defensively, especially when traversing intersections and crosswalks, where approximately fifty percent of all accidents occur. All bikers should avoid speeding and watch for deadly hazards, including maintenance hole covers, potholes, puddles, oil slicks, railroad tracks, debris, and gravel.
Motorcycle Accident Aftermath
The nature of riding a motorcycle with limited protection often leads to serious injuries for the biker, even if involved in only a minor crash. Injuries to the lower body tend to be the most common, followed by a severe injury to the torso or head.
Many motorcycle victims suffer severe fractures and leg breaks that often cause permanent life-long disability. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, road rash lacerations, or head injuries can be devastating and produce the need for life-altering medical treatment.
After a severe motorcycle crash, many bikers are unable to return to motorcycling again. The physical pain and emotional trauma often make it too difficult or impossible to enjoy riding in the open air unprotected.
When the accident is the result of negligence, reckless or careless actions of a motor vehicle driver, the injured motorcyclist is usually entitled to receive fair and just compensation under Illinois tort law. Unfortunately, victims often lose their quality of life and take on the financial insecurity and massive medical bills caused by the high cost of care, hospitalization, surgeries, treatment, and their loss of income.
Contacting a Decatur Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC knows that the damages, injuries, and losses of most motorcycle accidents are severe. Our motorcycle accident injury attorneys fight aggressively on behalf of motorcycle victims to ensure swift justice.
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury or property damage in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligent actions of another, a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer can assist you in seeking financial compensation.
Our team of personal injury attorneys will evaluate your case to determine the best legal courses of action to protect your legal rights. Call today at (888) 424-5757 for a free case evaluation. Allow your motorcycle accident lawyer to begin working immediately on your case. Our personal injury attorneys also handle wrongful death lawsuits where motor accident victims lost their lives due to the negligent or reckless driving of others.
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