Pinckneyville, IL (September 20, 2020) – One person was killed after a car accident near the intersection of IL-13 and Azalea Road in Pinckneyville on Friday night, September 18, at around 8:16 p.m.
According to local sources, a white 2012 Chevrolet Malibu driven by 44-year-old Mattie M. Spears of Marion, Illinois was traveling west on IL-13 when the driver slowly attempted a left turn on Azalea Road. At the same time, 19-year-old John P. Bouchard of Pinckneyville was traveling westbound on a black 1989 Harley Davidson. Brouchard attempted to pass the vehicle behind Spears but failed to notice that she was making a left turn.
Brouchard consequently collided with the rear of Spears’ vehicle and was ejected from the bike. Spears left the roadway and struck a nearby home. Brouchard was taken to a hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Spears and three of her passengers were hospitalized for the treatment of sustained injuries. An ongoing investigation into the crash is currently underway.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of John P. Bouchard at this time. Our thoughts are with Mattie M. Spears, the other injured victims, and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Motorcycle Crashes in Illinois
Motorcyclists are much more likely to suffer fatal injuries in the event of a crash. According to findings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 80% of motorcycle crashes result in death or injury, and riders are around 27 times more likely to be killed in a collision. In 2017, only 1.1% of reported collisions in Illinois involved motorcycle accidents. However, that same year, near 15.4% of fatal accidents in the state were motorcycle crashes.
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 312-386-7683 to see what our Illinois wrongful death lawyers can do for you.
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