Belvidere, IL (July 11, 2020) – In Belvidere, one person was killed and another injured following a collision involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. A 2018 Jeep Cherokee and a 2012 Harley Davidson collided at the intersection of IL-76 and Spring Creek Road at around 3 p.m. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and emergency responders were called to the scene of the crash.
A 21-year-old Rockford man was driving the Jeep north on IL-76 when he struck a 63-year-old Poplar man traveling south on the motorcycle. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics. The driver of the Jeep was taken to Javon Bea Mercy hospital for the treatment of sustained injuries.
At this time, the cause of the crash is unknown. The identities of the victims have been withheld.
BCSO is currently investigating the cause of the accident.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Motorcycle Accidents in Illinois
According to statistics published by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), motorcycle fatalities increased by 4.8% from 2015 to 2016, increasing from 147 to 154 deaths. Motorcycle accidents accounted for 14.3% of traffic fatalities in 2016. Even the number of motorcycle injuries increased by 1.9% to 2,692 reported injuries. A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that motorcyclists were nearly 27 times more likely to be killed in the event of a collision.
The grief and devastation of losing a loved one due to another’s negligence are nearly unbearable. Surviving family members often take on damages resulting from the accident, and they may be able to recover lost compensation by pursuing a wrongful death claim with the help of an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney. In an Illinois wrongful death claim, a representative of the decedent’s estate – usually a close family member – seeks damages from those at fault for the person’s death to obtain compensation for damages.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we understand the grief and pain that families experience when a family member is killed. While no amount of money can bring back a lost family member, an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can help families address the financial difficulties associated with the accident. Our legal team is dedicated to making sure that each of our clients recovers the compensation they deserve after losing a loved one. Contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 to see what our Illinois wrongful death lawyers can do for you.
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