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Our lives can change in a split second, and no one is more aware of that reality than someone who has lost a loved one in an accident. The family of a 30-year-old man is recovering after losing the man who was their son, brother, fiancé and friend. The man was killed in a fatal motorcycle accident in Lakewood this summer. The accident occurred when a female driver turned in front of the man&s motorcycle. Police issued the 43-year-old woman a citation. The man died two days later.

The family is devastated by the loss and unfortunately accidents like this are becoming all too common. Motorcycle deaths are on the rise in Illinois. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2010 there were 131 motorcycle-related deaths. In 2012, this number jumped to 148, which is an increase of 13 percent.

The accident above occurred in McHenry County. Archives show four other serious motorcycle accidents in the same area in just this summer alone. From those accidents, three people were injured and two people were killed.

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Running from trouble is usually never a good idea and will most likely lead to other consequences, sometimes even worse penalties than if a person did not flee. In addition to criminal penalties, the defendants could also face civil liabilities and claims.

Suspects in a recent motorcycle accident in Illinois may end up facing rather serious consequences. The accident occurred on a Sunday evening and resulted in two severe motorcycle injuries. According to law enforcement, a car was driving westbound at a fast speed when it allegedly lost control and hit another car. The speeding car then crossed the lane and struck a motorcycle travelling east on the roadway. Luckily, the couple on the motorcycle that was hit were both wearing helmets, but they both still suffered severe injuries and were transported to the hospital for treatment.

It was reported that both the driver and passenger in the vehicle that struck the motorcycle took off running from the scene of the accident. As the local lieutenant stated, "if you are involved in an accident and choose to run, it only increases the number of charges you face." Fleeing could also be used to strengthen the case against the accused on the underlying charges.

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Drivers should hopefully know and understand that on the roads, there is only so much that one can control. And Uunfortunately, other drivers are not something we can control. Other drivers will act negligently and recklessly and these actions will inevitably cause accidents, injury and sometimes even death.

Motorcyclists are especially are aware of the dangers that come with sharing the road with other drivers. Motorcycles and their riders are at a heightened risk because they are smaller than cars and can be hard to see. Despite these risks, many Illinoisans are still passionate about their bikes.

Sadly, one Illinois man from Rockton recently lost his life following a motorcycle accident. The 48-year-old biker was travelling along Illinois Route #75 heading west. At some point, another vehicle turned into a driveway directly in front of the man. The motorcyclist was injured and had to be transported to the Rockford Memorial Hospital.

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