A fatal Lower West Side motorcycle accident occurred in Chicago early Saturday (October 10, 2020) morning. This Lower West Side motorcycle accident involved the motorcycle hitting the median and crashing.
The crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the October 10, 2020 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in Lower West Side motorcycle crash.” An excerpt regarding the motorcyclist:
The 54-year-old was riding the bike on 26th Street about 4 a.m. when he hit the median while turning onto Western Avenue, Chicago police said.
Richard E. Mroch was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:17 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in Joliet.
This Chicago motorcycle accident is under investigation by the Chicago Police Department Major Accident Investigation Unit.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago Lower West Side motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.
There are many reasons as to why a motorcycle accident can occur. Among the most common, as seen in many Illinois motorcycle accidents summarized on this site, remains motorcycle loss of control. A loss of control can occur for many reasons. These reasons range from mechanical issues – such as a blown tire – to handling errors made by the motorcyclist. Negotiating a curve, especially a sharp curve, often can prove problematical if the motorcycle enters the curve at an excessive speed.
Road hazards can also prove problematical to the control of the bike. For instance, if the motorcycle is entering a sharp curve, and there is gravel on the roadway, there can be a greater risk of loss of control.
Often, an accident investigation is needed to determine what caused a motorcycle accident, as there can be many issues involved.
Additional discussion of factors that can cause accidents leading to injuries and fatalities can be found on the “Reasons For Cook County Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities” page.