Chicago, IL (August 12, 2020) – Early on Sunday morning, August 9, a 45-year-old man from Chicago Heights suffered fatal injuries following a motorcycle accident in the Olympia Fields area of Chicago.
Reports from the Cook County examiner’s office revealed that the crash took place at around 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of US-30 and Western Avenue. The crash reportedly involved a motorcycle and another vehicle, and the injured party was transported to Saint James Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
The victim was later identified as Douglas Hawthorne, and he was pronounced dead at the medical facility. The autopsy found that Hawthorne died due to injuries sustained in the collision. At this time, the cause of the crash is still unknown.
No further updates on the accident are currently available at this time. Local law enforcement officials are currently investigating the cause of the crash.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Douglas Hawthorne at this time.
Deadly Motorcycle Accidents in Chicago
Motorcyclists lack the same protections afforded to vehicle drivers and passengers. Motorcycles only account for roughly 3% of registered vehicles in the United States, but these vehicles are involved in roughly 14% of highway deaths reported each year, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA reports that nearly 80% of motorcycle accidents result in injuries or fatalities.
According to statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 3,756 reported motorcycle collisions across the state in 2011. These collisions contributed to 145 deaths and 2,020 injuries. That year, motorcycle crashes accounted for only 1.3% of reported collisions in Illinois, but motorcycle fatalities were involved in nearly 15.8% of fatal crashes in Illinois in 2011.
Family members are often left reeling after a loved one’s life is tragically cut short due to the negligence of another, and recovering can be a difficult battle for surviving family members who are left to pick up the pieces. It is only natural to want to grieve, and pursuing a lawsuit is usually the least of their concerns. However, an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can potentially help your family recover financial compensation resulting from your devastating loss.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we take the utmost care and deliberation to do everything possible to obtain compensation for our clients after they have suffered the loss of a dear family member. Our Chicago wrongful death attorneys can support your family through this difficult time and bring you some peace of mind while making sure that the at-fault party is held responsible. Contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 if you have unfairly lost a family member in a deadly Chicago motorcycle accident.
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