Investigators are examining what led a motorcycle to crash into a truck while driving on Interstate 80. The crash, which killed both the motorcyclist and his passenger, is part of a trend in rising motorcycle accidents in Illinois and elsewhere in the United States.
The late-night crash killed the 32-year-old motorcycle rider from Elgin and his passenger, a 23-year-old woman from Buffalo Grove. They were near Mokena at about 2 a.m. and were in the center lane. A truck was ahead of them in the center lane, and the motorcycle crashed into the truck for unknown reasons.
Both people on the motorcycle died on scene. The truck’s trailer burst into flames. The truck driver refused medical treatment. Several lanes of the interstate were closed for nearly four hours as authorities investigated.
As we blogged several weeks ago, motorcycle injuries are rising. In Illinois, motorcycle fatalities rose 13 percent from 2010 and 2012. Nationwide, they were 9 percent higher in 2012 compared to 2011, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. Between 1997 and 2011, fatal motorcycle accidents doubled in the U.S.
The increase in accidents has happened as motor vehicle accidents decreased overall. Safety experts speculate that new riders may not have proper training, but a wide variety of other factors may contribute to the rise.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “2 killed in motorcycle crash on I-80,” June 15, 2013
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