Channahon, IL (August 14, 2020) – A 32-year-old Geneva woman was killed following a motorcycle accident in Channahon on Wednesday evening, August 12. Initial reports revealed that the collision took place that evening at around 8:44 p.m. near Canal Street.
The deceased victim was identified by the Will County Coroner’s Office as Danielle Rachford. Rachford was traveling as the passenger of a motorcycle when the bike struck a fixed object near the roadway. Emergency responders and local law enforcement officials were dispatched to the site of the accident to render aid.
At this time, the cause of the accident is still unknown. Rachford was transported to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois where she was later pronounced dead. The condition of the rider has not been provided at this time.
An ongoing investigation into the crash is being managed by the Channahon Police Department and the Will County Sheriff’s Office. No further updates on the collision are currently available.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Danielle Rachford at this time.
Deadly Motorcycle Crashes in Illinois
Traveling by motorcycle leaves riders extremely vulnerable to suffering life-threatening injuries. Motorcyclists are not provided the same level of protection as those traveling in motor vehicles, and motorcyclists are nearly 27 times more likely to be killed in the event of a crash, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Illinois Department of Transportation revealed that there were 311,670 collisions reported in 2017 involving motorcycles. While motorcycles crashes accounted for only 1.1% of reported accidents that year, they were involved in roughly 15.4% of fatal collisions in Illinois that year.
A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought by a family member when a loved one has died due to the negligent behavior of another person. There are many potential situations that may warrant a wrongful death suit in Illinois, including an Illinois motorcycle crash, medical malpractice, or even nursing home negligence. Illinois state law allows a victim’s family or estate to recover compensation in the event of a wrongful death in order to recover from damages resulting from the loss of a loved one.
If you believe that your loved one’s death may have been caused by another person’s negligence, you need to consult with an experienced Illinois wrongful death attorney. Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd. will make sure that your interests and legal rights are protected through every step of the legal process, and our years of experience means we can help you construct a strong case. Contact our offices today at 312-386-7683 if you’ve lost a loved one in a deadly Illinois motorcycle accident.
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