An Illinois motorcyclist died early Friday morning after he crashed on Interstate Highway 57 in the south suburbs near cities of Oak Forest and Country Club Hills, according to the Chicago Breaking News Center. Around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, Illinois State Police responded to a motorcycle crash in the right hand southbound lane of I-57 north of I-80. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the victim as a 51 year-old Chebanse man, who was pronounced dead at St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields. The Illinois man was riding south when he attempted to pass a vehicle in a construction zone. The front motorcycle wheel left the pavement and a 3-inch drop in the pavement caused the Illinois man to lose control of the motorcycle and crash. The Illinois motorcycle accident victim was not wear a helmet at the time and struck his head on the pavement. Oak Forest paramedics transported him in critical condition to St. James. No other vehicles were involved.
It is always heart-wrenching to read about fatal motorcycle accidents, which seem to happen far too often. Single vehicle motorcycle crashes account for almost half of all motorcyclist fatalities. More than 38,000 motorcyclists have died in single vehicle motorcycle crashes between 1975 and 1999. According to one report, from 1990 through 1999, there were a total of 11,038 fatal single vehicle motorcycle crashes. During that same time period, there were an estimated 294,000 non-fatal single vehicle motorcycle crashes. Of those, an estimated 39,000 involved property damage only and 225,000 involved personal injuries.
More information about the motorcycle accident is available at Chicago Breaking News Center.