Rider killed in a Tazewell County motorcycle crash

Last updated Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023

Rider killed in a Tazewell County motorcycle crash

A Tazewell County motorcycle crash Sunday, July 30, killed the rider. The accident involving a motorcycle and an unidentified vehicle occurred at the intersection of Washington Road and East Jefferson Street around 1:30 pm. 

According to Tazewell County Coroner Charles R. Hanley, Donald Butterfield, of rural Tremont, was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering multiple blunt force injuries.

Investigators from the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, and Tazewell County Coroner’s Office are still working on this case. A more detailed announcement will follow soon.

Our hearts go out to the Butterfield family during this difficult time.

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Tazewell County motorcycle crash left a tragic legacy

Motorcycle crashes occur due to various factors, including reckless driving, distracted drivers, speeding, impaired driving, poor road conditions, and inclement weather. Motorcyclists are inherently vulnerable, so taking appropriate precautions becomes essential for mitigating the risks of severe injuries and sometimes death.

A motorcycle rider must prioritize safety by wearing appropriate safety gear like helmets, gloves, boots, and durable clothing. It’s also essential to perform regular maintenance on their motorcycles. Keeping an eye on the road and driving defensively can also reduce the chances of getting into trouble.

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It is advisable to consult a motorcycle accident lawyer after the accident to protect your rights and pursue fair compensation. Remember, a motorcyclist has the right to ride safely and confidently on the roads, and a dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer can help uphold that right.

An experienced Chicago motorcycle lawyer can help navigate the complexities of insurance claims, negotiate with insurers, and, if necessary, go to court to ensure a fair amount goes to the family of a motorcyclist for funeral and other expenses, wages lost, and suffering.

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