One driver or motorist can affect the safety of all those in the same area, whether they are in the same vehicle, a different vehicle, on a bicycle, or even walking as a pedestrian. Unlike some activities of daily life, driving or riding in a car is one where the safest individual can become a victim simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. While the best driver in the world cannot be guaranteed to be accident-free on the road, others face the same reality. Pedestrians and cyclists cannot be promised to be free from incident even if they do everything right.
When a traffic accident occurs, the people involved might be injured and may need medical assistance. Often, these victims are bystanders or people other than an at-fault driver, meaning that the negligent person in an accident is not the only one who may be harmed. Illinois laws act to protect these innocent victims by allowing them to seek relief for their damages in a court of law, regardless of whether an at-fault driver was cited in an accident. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your options, including whether you have a valid claim, if a collision, including a bicycle accident, left you hurt or harmed your loved one.
Shortly before 5:30 a.m. yesterday morning, a collision occurred in the Chicago loop near City Hall that left two people injured. Police responded to the scene of the crash near Washington and LaSalle and determined that a motorcyclist may have run a red light, causing the motorcycle to collide with a taxi cab in the area. As the impact occurred, one of the vehicles swerved and/or veered as a result and collided with a bicyclist.
Emergency crews assessed those involved in the crash and determined that both the rider of the motorcycle and the bicyclist were injured. Both were taken to area hospitals where their injuries are not clear but both are expected to survive. At this time, it does not appear that the driver of the taxi cab was hurt in the accident.
Police reported that the motorcyclist was cited for running a red light and causing the accident but they have also stated that their investigation is ongoing into this crash at this time.