The 4th of July is often cited as one of the most dangerous days to drive, and motorcycles carry an even higher degree of risk — no matter what day it is — than passenger cars. This year, both of those statistics came together in Illinois, as a motorcycle accident on the holiday took one life.
The crash happened at the intersection where Shannon Road and Illinois Route 72 come together, right around 11:30 in the morning. It appears that a motorcycle with a driver and a rider was heading down Route 72. At the same time, a passenger car was going south, driving down Shannon Road. The car got to the intersection, hesitated briefly at the stop sign, and then drove into the motorcycle’s path.
The car’s driver was a 25-year-old woman who did not suffer any injuries in the accident. Police did say she failed to yield to the motorcycle and gave her a citation.
On the motorcycle were two people, a 58-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman. Both of them were from Mount Morris. The man was driving the bike and the woman was riding along as a passenger.
After the crash, an ambulance took the woman to Mercyhealth, while the man was brought to the same medical center by helicopter. Tragically, the woman suffered a brain hemorrhage and passed away while in the hospital. The man’s condition remains unknown as of the latest reports.
Have you suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, or have you lost a loved one? If so, make sure you know all of your legal options to seek out financial compensation.