Fatal Deer-Motorcycle Collision Along Illinois Route 255

There was a fatal deer-motorcycle collision Monday (July 8, 2019) along Illinois Route 255. At the time of this fatal deer-motorcycle collision, the motorcyclist was traveling northbound, north of Fosterburg Road.

The motorcyclist who died following this fatal deer-motorcycle collision was identified as Jeffrey S. Miller, 51, of Dow. He was declared dead after being taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

An excerpt regarding this crash, from thetelegraph.com article of July 11, 2019 titled “Dow man dies when motorcycle hits deer.”

An excerpt from that article:

According to Illinois State Police Trooper Josh Korando, the accident occurred when a deer crossed into Miller’s northbound lane. Miller was unable to avoid hitting the deer and was thrown from the motorcycle.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal deer-motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

One of the potential hazards facing motorcyclists is road hazards. While road hazards can take many forms, one of the most problematical remains deer suddenly running onto the roadway.

There are many reasons why such crashes are difficult to avoid. Deer are very unpredictable in nature, and can sudden appear without warning. As well, their movements can be fast and abrupt. They often travel with other deer.

While deer travel in an unpredictable manner, there are various seasonal factors that apply. As well, deer collisions with vehicles tend to happen at certain times of the day.

There have been a number of Southern Illinois crashes that occurred after a deer collided with a motorcycle. Other crashes occur when the motorcycle rider swerves to avoid a deer, only to crash while avoiding the deer. A number of these crashes have been discussed on this site.

The subject of these collisions is further discussed on the “Road Hazards – Deer” page. Various statistics, as well as seasonal factors, are mentioned on this page. Also discussed is what to do if you encounter deer while riding.


Should you or someone you care for experience injury or other harm in Illinois, please contact the Elman Joseph Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the legal situation and to determine the potential of a personal injury lawsuit.

Elman Joseph Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 25+ years Elman Joseph Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ year period, Elman Joseph Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Joseph Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Joseph Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Elman Joseph Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Joseph Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation.

Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is an Illinois personal injury law firm that concentrates in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.)

Scroll to Top