• July 18, 2022

Motorcyclist Killed in Rear-End Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-94W near Deerfield, IL

Deerfield, IL — July 14, 2022, a motorcyclist was fatally injured in a rear-end collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 94 West near Deerfield.

According to reports the incident happened shortly before 1:45 p.m. on I-94W between Deerfield Road and Duffy Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests the motorcycle and the big rig were both traveling north on the highway and had entered a slight curve when the motorcycle crashed into the back of the truck for unknown reasons.

The motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on I-94W near Deerfield

Folks tend to see a rear-end collision and simply assume the rear driver did something wrong, perhaps even more so when the victim was on a motorcycle. People aren't always aware of it, but many harbor some pretty nasty biases against motorcyclists as reckless daredevils even when the riders didn't actually do anything wrong.

Am I saying riders can't make mistakes? Not at all. I'm only pointing out that it's best not to jump to conclusions while investigators are still working out what happened. They haven't even quite figured out what happened yet, to say nothing of who (if anyone) was at fault. Experience tells me it's important to look at all the possible factors, even ones beyond the victim's control.

Motorcyclist Killed in Rear-End Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-94W near Deerfield, IL

For example, I looked into a crash not long ago where reports painted a picture similar to the one in Illinois. A big rig was supposedly just traveling along the highway at night when the victim crashed into the back of it for supposedly no reason. That was the reported story for weeks, but it later came to light that the 18-wheeler merged from the shoulder without its lights on just before the collision. That meant it was extremely hard to see in the dark and moving far too slowly for someone taken by surprise at highway speeds to avoid it.

I'm not saying that happened in Illinois--a truck on the road in broad daylight isn't the same thing as one suddenly appearing in the dark. My point is more that preliminary reports often overlook critical details that could change how a crash is understood. From vehicular failures to road hazards to medical emergencies to tire blowouts--likely or not, weighing every possibility is crucial to getting the whole story. At the very least the victim's loved ones deserve to know no stone was left unturned while seeking answers for them.

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