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.