Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Burr Ridge

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Friday evening (April 17, 2015) on Interstate 55 (I-55) in Burr Ridge.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident involved the motorcycle and two other vehicles.

An excerpt from the April 18, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  Motorcyclist killed in I-55 crash near Burr Ridge“:

About 5 p.m., a Chevrolet was driving on the right shoulder of southbound I-55 just south of County Line Road as a Harley-Davidson and a Hummer were merging onto the interstate, according to a statement from state police.

The Chevrolet veered into the merge lane and struck the motorcycle, sending it crashing into the rear of the Hummer, state police said.

The motorcyclist, identified as Daniel J. Dacanay, 30, was taken to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  He later died.

The driver of the Chevrolet, a 43-year-old Chicago man, was also hospitalized.  Charges are pending against him.

The driver of the Hummer was not hurt during the accident.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above.

Increased Pedestrian Safety – New Research Findings

DuPage County pedestrian safety remains an important issue. As discussed in the DuPage County pedestrian accidents page, in the year 2012 there were 129 pedestrian accidents in DuPage County, with three fatalities.

Given these pedestrian accidents, as well as the severity of the accident injuries that often result from pedestrian crashes, pedestrian safety remains an important topic.

On March 31, 2015 the Wall Street Journal published an article titled “The Key to Crossing the Street Safely:  Eye Contact.”  The article discusses new research regarding pedestrian safety, and provides statistics with regard to the findings.  As well, national statistics with regard to pedestrian accidents are cited.

An excerpt:

To reduce the chance of getting hit when crossing a street, pedestrians might want to stare at the oncoming drivers, a study suggests.

Drivers stopped more often if pedestrians looked directly into their eyes as the car approached the crosswalk than when they didn’t make eye contact, according to the study, published in the June issue of Safety Science. Men were more likely than women to stop if the pedestrian staring at them was a man.

The article discusses various reasons as to why pedestrians’ looking into the eyes of the drivers would make a difference in drivers’ behavior.

Additional information can be seen in the Wall Street Journal article mentioned above.