Posted On: January 14, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Two Injured Motorcycle Riders File Illinois Tractor Accident Lawsuit

A husband and wife are suing a tractor driver for Illinois personal injury. Jason and Kimberly Brown were riding a Big Dog Ridgeback motorcycle on Illinois Route 159 on November 8, 2009 in Madison County when they were involved in a tractor crash with Charles H. Kassing, who was operating a 78 John Deere 2240 tractor.

According to the plaintiffs, Jason had moved into the left lane and was attempting to pass the tractor when Kassing illegally drove in front of his motorcycle. The couple's Illinois truck accident lawsuit accuses Kassing of failing to exert proper control, maintain a proper lookout, brake, signal when turning left, activate his vehicle’s blinkers, and recognize the autos in the left lane that were legally trying to pass his tractor.

Jason says he injured his body, elbow, foot, knee, and leg in the Illinois tractor crash. Kimberly claims she injured her body, foot, wrist, leg, and head. The Brewers are seeking over $200,000 in damages for medical expenses and the loss of the ability to fulfill their regular responsibilities. They also are claiming damage for losing each other’s companionship, services, consortium, and society as a result of the tractor-motorcycle accident.

Illinois Tractor-Motorcycle Crashes
Motorcyclists are always the ones at a disadvantage during a collision with any vehicle—especially if the motor vehicle is a tractor, an 18-wheeler truck, a semi-truck, a tractor-trailer, or another large truck. Unlike the occupants of trucks, tractors, vans, buses, SUV’s, and passenger cars, motorcycle riders don’t have the body of a vehicle around them as protection during a traffic crash. Their bodies are also more likely to get slammed against the other vehicle or thrown off their bikes and onto the ground or into oncoming traffic. Injuries during a motorcycle-truck crash can include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, burn injuries, internal injuries, broken bones, organ damage, and death.

Motorcylist claims tractor driver pulled out during attempted pass, The Record, January 7, 2010

Motorcycle Accident Overview, Justia

Related Web Resource:
Trucking Accidents: Common Causes & Liability, Nolo

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