Although his father was killed in a motorcycle accident four months before he was born and his parents were never married, the son of an Illinois rider who was killed in a motorcycle accident in April 2005 will receive a settlement that could be worth more than $3 million.

Attorneys Michael F. Hupy and Jason F. Abraham, who have offices in Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois, appeared in a Southern Illinois Court on April 10, 2006 and received approval of the settlement. Also in court was longtime A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois Chapter President and Hupy and Abraham Investigator Bob Sumption.

Hupy and Abraham proved that under Illinois law, a viable fetus is an heir and can make a wrongful death claim.

John Claxon III was not yet born when his father died as a result of a vehicle making a U-turn on a southern Illinois highway without looking properly before doing so. Hupy and Abraham represents injured riders and support riders’ rights organizations throughout Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and nationally.