Des Plaines Motorcycle Collision At Mannheim And Prospect

A Des Plaines motorcycle collision happened early Saturday (July 20, 2019) evening. This Des Plaines motorcycle collision happened at Mannheim Road and Prospect Avenue. First responders were called to the accident scene beginning at 5:55 p.m.

This Des Plaines motorcycle collision is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the July 22, 2019 Journal & Topics article titled “Two Suffer Serious Injuries After Van, Motorcycle Collide In Des Plaines.”

An excerpt, quoting Des Plaines Police Department Cmdr. Christopher Mierzwa :

According to Mierzwa, the motorcycle and van were driving southbound on Mannheim approaching Prospect when the accident occurred. As the van attempted to turn westbound on Prospect, the motorcycle fell on its side and struck the vehicle, police said.

The motorcyclist and a passenger, identified as a 47-year-old man and 54-year-old women, were both injured during the crash. They were taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of their accident injuries.

The driver of the van, identified as a 19-year-old man, did not go to the hospital. It is unclear if he was hurt during the collision. 

This Des Plaines motorcycle collision remains under investigation.

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

Whenever a person is involved in a vehicle accident, whether that person has been hurt is a primary consideration. While many accident injuries will be apparent – i.e. they will exhibit some type of symptom – there are many types of serious injuries that may not be apparent immediately after the crash. Among these serious injuries that may not immediately exhibit symptoms are head injuries and internal bleeding.

Additional discussion of why it is important to get a thorough medical exam after being involved in a vehicle accident can be found on the “Reasons For Getting A Medical Exam After A Motorcycle Accident” page. As seen on that page, there are many reasons – both from a medical and legal perspective – for getting the medical exam.

Northbrook SUV Rollover Accident On Waukegan Road

A Northbrook SUV rollover accident occurred Friday (July 19, 2019) in Northbrook. Details regarding this Northbrook SUV rollover accident appear limited at this time.

The crash is discussed in various media sources, including the July 19, 2019 wgntv.com article (with accident scene video) titled “Flight for Life responds to SUV rollover crash in Northbrook.” An excerpt:

The SUV rolled over along Waukegan Road, near Lake Cook Road.

The accident may have involved a mail truck.

The extent of the accident injuries in this Northbrook SUV rollover accident does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

Rollover accidents, by their nature, tend to be highly physically traumatic to vehicle occupants. Accident injuries tend to be serious in nature for those involved. If vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, occupants have higher risk of being ejected (partially or fully thrown) from the vehicle.

Various aspects of rollover accidents, including their causes and the types of injuries that tend to occur, are discussed on the “Cook County Rollover Accidents” page. An excerpt:

In Chicago and elsewhere in Cook County, there have been a significant number of vehicle rollover accidents.  Many recent rollover crashes have been summarized on this site.   These crashes have occurred in a number of cities, including Calumet Heights, Posen, Forest Park, Berwyn, and Evanston.  They have also occurred in various Chicago neighborhoods, including Norwood Park, Pilsen, and Lincoln Park.

As rollover accidents usually happen at higher speeds, it is not surprising that many Chicago areas rollovers have happened on expressways and other higher-speed roadways, including the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94), the Edens Spur, I-57, the Kennedy Expressway, the Bishop Ford Expressway, Lake Shore Drive, and Lower Wacker Drive.

Common accidents, as well as common factors that rollover accidents tend to have, are also discussed on the page.

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.

I-80 Fatal Accident Involving A Pickup Truck And Semi Truck

An I-80 fatal accident involved a pickup truck, semi truck and another vehicle. The crash happened just before 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

According to the Illinois State Police, this I-80 fatal accident happened as a pickup truck attempted to change lanes in order to get over to the I-57 exit ramp, and in doing so struck a semi truck that was behind it.

After the initial collision occurred, the pickup truck driver was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the accident scene. He was later identified as Daryl D. Langston, 28, of Bellwood.

The semi truck rolled over in the median, injuring the truck driver.

A light pole fell over during the crash and struck another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was not injured.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this I-80 fatal accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 10, 2019 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “1 Dead After 3-Vehicle Crash On I-80” as well as the April 10 Arlington Cardinal article (with video) titled “Pickup Truck Driver Dead After 3-Vehicle Crash on I-80 Near I-57.”

Additional commentary about vehicle rollover accidents can be seen on the “Cook County Rollover Accidents” page, which discusses these types of accidents and the typical serious nature of injuries that result. If vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts at the time of a rollover crash, occupants are at an increased risk of being ejected (partially or fully thrown) from the vehicle. Such ejections are typically very physically traumatic.

Edens Expressway Accident Near Bryn Mawr Involving Four Vehicles

An Edens Expressway accident occurred on Friday (January 25, 2019) night. The crash, which involved at least four cars, is being attributed to inclement weather and adverse weather conditions.

The accident is discussed in the January 25, 2019 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Multi-Vehicle Crash on Edens Closes All Outbound Lanes Near Bryn Mawr.”

As seen in the article, this Edens Expressway accident happened near Bryn Mawr at approximately 9:40 p.m. At that time area roadways were slick due to snow and ice conditions.

There are a number of steps one can take in order to drive more safely in adverse weather conditions.

The Illinois Department of Transportation, in a January 18, 2019 media release titled “Snow, plummeting temps, strong winds, bring challenging travel conditions this weekend” (pdf), provided various tips with regard to safe driving in adverse weather conditions.

Among the tips discussed in the media release include:

  • Use extra caution in areas susceptible to ice, including ramps, bridges, curves and shady areas.
  • Always wear a seat belt. It’s the law and your best protection in the event of a crash.
  • If you are involved in a crash, remain inside your vehicle. Exiting your vehicle near a busy roadway can have fatal consequences.

There are many benefits of wearing a seat belt. Despite various other safety devices that have been introduced in recent years, wearing a seat belt continues to be one of the primary ways to avoid more serious injuries if you are involved in an accident. The benefits are further discussed on the “Seat Belts And Their Safety Benefits” page. As seen on that page, one of the primary benefits of wearing a seat belt is that the restraint likely prevents the vehicle occupant from being ejected (i.e. thrown from) the vehicle in the event of a crash.

Riverside Car Crash Leads To DUI-Drugs Charge For Driver

Driving while impaired by drugs is a growing traffic safety problem.  As seen in many Chicago-area crashes these “drugged driver” crashes often result in serious accident injuries.  The subject of “drugged driving” and the serious accident injuries that often result from these crashes is further discussed on the “Cook County Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.  As discussed on that page, marijuana continues to be one of the most common drugs used by drivers who then drive while impaired.  If this cannabis use is combined with alcohol usage, the resulting impairment is often magnified.

There was a Riverside car crash January 2, 2019 after which a driver was charged with DUI-drugs.  This car crash, which happened at the intersection of First Avenue and 31st Street, led to both drivers being injured.

Two excerpts regarding this Riverside car crash, from the January 4, 2019 La Grange Patch article titled “Drugged Driver Hits Car Stopped At Red Light:  Cops“:

A drugged driver caused a crash in Riverside when he hit a car waiting at a red light, police said. The driver, Tyler Plunkett, 24, of Brookfield was charged with DUI-drugs, failure to reduced speed to avoid an accident and possession of cannabis.

also:

Police said Plunkett had smoked cannabis and taken Xanax before driving. Plunkett told police he had been drinking beer early in the evening but he admitted to smoking “a lot of cannabis” for the past few days and had ingested Xanax. Riverside Police administered field sobriety testing on scene and Plunkett failed all of them.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Riverside car crash after which the driver was charged with DUI-drugs can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the January 4 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Impaired driver totals car in Riverside.”