Fatal Norridge Motorcycle Crash Along North Harlem

There was a fatal Norridge motorcycle crash that occurred on Monday (July 8, 2019) night. This fatal Norridge motorcycle crash happened as the rider was traveling on North Harlem Avenue.

Details regarding this fatal Norridge motorcycle crash appear to be limited at this time. The cause of the crash does not seem to be publicly disclosed at this time. The accident remains under investigation.

An excerpt concerning the accident, from the July 9, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Jakub Szatko killed in Norridge motorcycle crash.”

An excerpt from the article:

Jakub Szatko, 21, was driving the motorcycle when it crashed at 11:24 p.m. in the 4200 block of North Harlem Avenue in Norridge, according to Norridge police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Szatko was taken to Resurrection Medical Center, where he was declared dead.

An autopsy found that he died of blunt force injuries resulting from the accident.

This fatal Norridge motorcycle crash remains under investigation. Those with information concerning the crash are asked to contact the Norridge Police Department at 708-453-4770 or via email at [email protected]

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Commentary regarding ways to avoid motorcycle crashes and the accompanying injuries can be found on the “Ways To Avoid Motorcycle Accidents And Injuries” page. While some crashes are outside of the control of the motorcyclist, other types of crashes can be avoided. Given that any motorcycle crash is likely to lead to injuries – and likely serious injuries – taking steps to avoid the likelihood of being in an accident is important.

For those motorcycle accidents that injure the rider, and are the fault of another person (such as a motorist) many motorcyclists choose to file a personal injury lawsuit. The reasons for filing such a lawsuit are discussed on the “Cook County Accident Injuries And Personal Injury Lawsuits” page.

Morton Grove Motorcycle Accident Along Dempster Street

A Morton Grove motorcycle accident that occurred on April 25, 2019 was summarized in the “Morton Grove Motorcycle Collision With Vehicle On Dempster Street” post. As seen in that post, this Morton Grove motorcycle accident allegedly involved a vehicle that attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. A collision ensued between the vehicle and motorcycle. The motorcyclist was critically injured due to the crash.

According to the May 17, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Naperville motorcyclist dies weeks after Morton Grove crash” the injured motorcyclist died from accident injuries on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The rider was identified as Andrew Clark, 48, of Naperville.

As seen in the article, this Morton Grove motorcycle accident involved a “head-on collision” between the motorcycle and vehicle. These types of collisions are typical when a vehicle attempts to make a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. As discussed on the “‘Head-On Collisions’ Involving Motorcycles” page, there are many reasons as to why these collisions often lead to serious, if not life-threatening accident injuries to the motorcycle rider, and if applicable, passenger.

Due to the severity of injuries resulting from such crashes, riders who survive such crashes often seek to get compensation for their accident injuries. Due to the severity of such injuries, extensive hospitalization is often involved, which typically involves emergency care, extensive testing, possible surgeries, and possibly a protracted hospital stay. There are also other forms of care needed, such as various types of rehabilitation. Given this level of medical care, medical bills are likely to be high, even for those who have good insurance. A personal injury lawsuit can seek to get compensation for these medical bills, as well as types of compensation for other harm and financial adversity that has occurred.

The topic of personal injury lawsuits for motorcycle accidents is further discussed on the “Cook County Accident Injuries And Personal Injury Lawsuits” page.

If the motorcycle accident was the fault of another person or entity, and it resulted in the death of motorcyclist or motorcycle passenger, relevant parties may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Those types of lawsuits are further discussed on the “Wrongful Death Lawsuits” page.

Morton Grove Motorcycle Collision With Vehicle On Dempster Street

There was a Morton Grove motorcycle collision Thursday (April 25, 2019) involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. This Morton Grove motorcycle collision resulted in the motorcyclist being critically injured.

As is often the case in serious Cook County motorcycle accidents, this crash is being attributed to a vehicle making a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle. This remains one of the primary causes of serious motorcycle accidents, as discussed on the “Reasons For Illinois Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities” page. As mentioned frequently on this site, this type of frontal collision is often extremely forceful and often leads to life-threatening, if not fatal accident injuries to the motorcyclist and, if applicable, motorcycle passenger. Lawsuits stemming from the accident injuries are common in this type of crash, given any negligence that has occurred and the likely extensive harm and/or fatalities that has been caused by the crash.

An excerpt concerning this Morton Grove motorcycle collision, as seen in the April 26, 2019 Morton Grove Champion article titled “Naperville man in critical condition after vehicle struck his motorcycle in Morton Grove“:

A vehicle traveling east on Dempster Street around 7:45 p.m. was attempting to make a left turn onto Oleander Avenue, just east of Notre Dame College Prep, when it collided with the motorcycle — which was headed in the opposite direction on Dempster, police said.

The driver of the motorcycle, a 47-year-old man from Naperville, was seriously injured and taken to the hospital for treatment of his accident injuries. He was in critical condition.

According to Morton Grove Police, the driver of the vehicle was not injured. She was ticketed for failure to yield.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Morton Grove motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Edgebrook Fatal Motorcycle Accident Along Caldwell Avenue

On Wednesday (April 17, 2019) night there was an Edgebrook fatal motorcycle accident involving a collision between a Jeep and motorcycle.

An excerpt concerning this Edgebrook fatal motorcycle accident, from the April 18, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist dead in South Edgebrook crash“:


A 53-year-old man driving a Jeep Wrangler west about 9:40 p.m. in the 6000 block of North Caldwell Avenue collided with the eastbound motorcyclist as the Jeep was turning left onto Leader Street, Chicago police said.

The motorcyclist, who was identified as Mikolai Laszczewski, 24, was taken to Lutheran General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

While the driver of the Jeep refused medical treatment, a passenger in the Jeep was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital for medical treatment for a facial laceration.

Another excerpt regarding the crash, from the article:

Witnesses in the area told officers that Laszczewski was traveling at high speeds, police said.

The accident investigation of this Edgebrook fatal motorcycle accident is ongoing and is being conducted by the Chicago Police Department Major Accident Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

There are many reasons as to why riding early in the motorcycle riding season presents additional motorcycle riding safety issues. Many of these reasons are discussed on the “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues” page. Among these reasons is that riders may be somewhat unfamiliar with riding the bike, as (typically) there are a number of months during which motorcycles are not ridden in Chicago. An excerpt from the aforementioned page:

For the first ride of the season, motorcyclists may want to be extra careful, as they have likely not ridden for a while and as such they may be somewhat “rusty” with regard to bike handling as well as the dynamics of riding in traffic.

Additional details regarding fatal motorcycle accidents, including the Edgebrook fatal motorcycle accident, can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

West Lawn Motorcycle Accident Results In Rider Fatality

A West Lawn motorcycle accident occurred early Saturday (April 13, 2019) morning.

Details on this Chicago motorcycle accident appear somewhat limited at this time. According to Chicago Police, this West Lawn motorcycle accident occurred as the motorcyclist – a 54-year-old man – was riding southbound in the 6000 block of South Pulaski Road. At approximately 3:17 a.m. he was hit by a black Mercedes that was pulling out of a restaurant parking lot.

The motorcyclist was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of his accident injuries. He was pronounced dead there.

This West Lawn motorcycle accident remains under investigation by the Chicago Police Department Major Accident Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 13, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man dead after motorcycle crash in West Lawn” as well as the April 13 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Man Killed in West Lawn Motorcycle Crash.”

As discussed on the “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues” page, for many reasons riding a motorcycle early in the motorcycle riding season can present a heightened level in the risk of being involved in a crash.

One risk is that of motorists “not seeing” motorcycles, which can be particularly acute early in the riding season. Motorists “not seeing” motorcycles can further be exacerbated if the motorist is impaired either by alcohol and/or drug use.

As seen in many Illinois motorcycle accidents – many summarized on this site – motorists “not seeing” motorcycles has led to many collisions that have resulted in serious injuries and fatalities to motorcycle riders. In many cases these collisions involve motorists making left-hand turns immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle.

Tips to avoid motorcycle accidents – including reducing the possibility of not being “seen” by other drivers – is discussed on the “Ways To Avoid Motorcycle Accidents And Injuries” page.

Fatal Pilsen Motorcycle Collision Along Cermak Road

There was a fatal Pilsen motorcycle collision Tuesday (October 30, 2018) afternoon.

As seen in many fatal Chicago area motorcycle accidents that have been summarized on this site, this fatal Pilsen motorcycle collision involved a motorcycle being hit by a vehicle that was making a left hand turn at the time of the collision.

An excerpt regarding this fatal Pilsen motorcycle collision, as seen in the October 31, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in Pilsen crash

Narciso Ledesma, 41, of the Logan Square neighborhood, was riding his motorcycle when he was fatally struck at 4:57 p.m. in the 2200 block of South Throop Street, according to Chicago police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Ledesma was riding east on Cermak Road when he was struck by a Toyota Rav4 turning left onto Throop Street, police said.

Ledesma was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead.

Another excerpt from the article:

The driver of the Rav4, a 36-year-old woman, refused medical attention, police said. She was issued a citation for failure to yield on a left turn and was given a DUI sobriety test.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Pilsen motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Fatal Burnham Motorcycle Accident Near 140th St. and Torrence Avenue

There was a fatal Burnham motorcycle accident early Thursday (October 18, 2018) morning.

Details on this fatal Burnham motorcycle accident appear limited at this time.

According to news accounts, the accident involved a collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle in the early morning hours.  The collision occurred near 140th Street and Torrence Avenue.

One person – the motorcyclist – was declared dead after being taken to Franciscan Health Hammond for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was identified as Kendall King, 21.

Two other people – including the motorcycle passenger – were also taken to Franciscan Health Hammond for treatment of their accident injuries.  Both were said to be in critical condition.

Among the motorcycle passenger’s injuries was a broken leg.

The motorcycle accident investigation is being conducted by the Illinois State Police and the South Suburban Major Accidents Team.

Additional details regarding this fatal Burnham motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 18, 2018 CBS Chicago video titled “1 Dead, 2 Injured In Motorcycle Crash In Burnham” and the October 18 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Father killed in Burnham motorcycle crash; 2 critically injured.”

Fatal Montclare Motorcycle Crash In The Area Of Diversey And Harlem

There was a fatal Montclare motorcycle crash Sunday (September 3, 2018).  This Northwest Side crash happened near Elmwood Park.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time.  The cause of the crash does not appear to be publicly available at this time.

An excerpt regarding the fatal Montclare motorcycle crash, from the October 3, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in Montclare motorcycle crash“:

Fausto Onofre-Rodriguez suffered blunt force injuries in a motorcycle crash near Diversey and Harlem, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Onofre-Rodriguez, who lived in River Grove, was pronounced dead at 3:41 p.m. Sunday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, the medical examiner’s office said.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Montclare motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Worth Fatal Motorcycle Accident Along Southwest Highway

There was a Worth fatal motorcycle accident Thursday (September 27, 2018) evening.  This accident involved a motorcycle colliding with a Jeep.

Details on the accident are somewhat limited.  The specific aspects of the collision, including the party at fault, do not appear to be publicly available at this time.

An excerpt regarding this Worth fatal motorcycle accident, from the September 30, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man dies after motorcycle hits Jeep in southwest suburbs“:

Joseph McMurray, 25, died shortly after the crash, which happened at 8 p.m. at 7200 Southwest Highway near Harlem Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 9:14 p.m., the medical examiner’s office said.

An autopsy determined that McMurray died from blunt force injuries that occurred during the collision.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Worth fatal motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Fatal Schaumburg Motorcycle Accident Near Rodenburg and Irving Park

There was a fatal Schaumburg motorcycle accident Thursday (August 30, 2018) afternoon.

Details on this fatal Schaumburg motorcycle accident are limited at this time.  The cause of the crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed.

According to Schaumburg Police, the crash happened Thursday at approximately 3:35 p.m.  At that time a motorcycle crashed into a school bus near Rodenburg Road and Irving Park Road.

The motorcyclist, identified as Robert Payne, 19, of Glendale Heights, was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he was declared dead at 4:28 p.m.

The only occupant of the school bus at the time of the collision was the bus driver, who was not hurt during the crash.

This Cook County motorcycle accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Schaumburg motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 31, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “19-year-old motorcyclist killed in crash with school bus in Schaumburg” as well as the August 31 Daily Herald article titled “Motorcyclist killed in Schaumburg crash ID’d as Glendale Hts. man.”