“Head-On” Crash Leads To Fatal Perry County Motorcycle Accident

A “head-on” crash is among the most physically traumatic accidents that motorcyclists can be involved in. While a broad range of motorcycle accidents can cause serious if not life-threatening injuries, a “head-on” crash often results in one or more fatalities.

Due to the severity of these crashes, the subject is further discussed on the “‘Head-On Collisions’ Involving Motorcycles.” An excerpt from that page:

One of the common reasons for motorcycle accidents – and one that has often deadly consequences for motorcyclists – is when bikes are involved in “head-on collisions.”  These frontal accidents have led to many fatalities.  Ways to avoid these types of accidents are limited, as they often involve another vehicle coming into the opposing lane, i.e. “crossing the center line.”  Often it hard to predict when a vehicle will drive into opposing traffic; as well, such improper lane usage typically provides (very) limited reaction time for the motorcyclist to avoid a “head-on collision.”  Even for those motorcyclists that choose to “lay down the bike” accidents usually lead to serious if not fatal injuries.

There was a fatal “head-on” crash in Perry County on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The accident lead to a fatality at the accident scene. The accident happened on Illinois Route 127.

This fatal Illinois motorcycle accident is discussed on a variety of media sources, including the wsiltv.com article of September 21, 2019 titled “Illinois State Police investigate fatal crash in Perry County.”

An excerpt:

Troopers say the driver of the truck, Isaac Gurley, 41, of Herrin, passed another vehicle in a no passing zone around a curve and struck the two riding on the motorcycle.

Two people were on the bike at the time of the collision.

Terese Baird was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Byrlie Baird was flown to a St. Louis hospital for treatment of accident injuries.

The accident investigation of this fatal collision is being conducted by the Illinois State Police.

Additional details concerning “head-on” crashes, including the Southern Illinois motorcycle crash summarized, can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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