Stonington, IL (August 25, 2020) – Officials from the Christian County Sheriff’s Office reported that a motorcyclist was killed following a collision involving a motorcycle and a sport-utility vehicle in Stonington on Saturday, August 22nd.
Initial reports revealed that the accident occurred at around 4:20 p.m. near the intersection of North 1900 East Road and East 2300 North Road. First responders and law enforcement officials were dispatched to the site of the crash to render aid to the injured parties. The collision reportedly involved an SUV and a Kawasaki motorcycle.
The motorcyclist was later identified as 80-year-old Larry Yochum from Decatur, Illinois. The circumstances of the crash are not clear at this time. Yochum was declared dead at the scene by responding paramedics. The autopsy revealed that Yochum died due to blunt force injuries sustained in the crash.
No further details on the accident are available at this time. An ongoing investigation into the accident is currently in progress.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Larry Yochum at this time.
Deadly Motorcycle Accidents in Illinois
Motorcyclists are much more exposed to the threat of serious injury in the event of a collision. Nearly 75% of motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle, and nearly two-thirds of multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents are due to other drivers who fail to yield the right of way to the rider. According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation, motorcycle crashes were only involved in roughly 1.1% of reported crashes in the state in 2017. However, motorcycle accidents accounted for nearly 15.4% of fatal collisions that year.
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 Illinois 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 312-386-7683 if you have unfairly lost a family member in a deadly Illinois motorcycle accident.
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