The personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. recently reached a $200,000 settlement on behalf of one of our clients who was injured while riding her bicycle in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Our client was riding her bicycle westbound on the sidewalk of Algonquin Road last August and she continued west near Clearbrook Drive. Our client brought her bicycle to a stop before the intersection and waited for her turn to cross safely. A female driver was operating her vehicle on Clearbrook Drive and slowed and stopped her car at the stop sign at the intersection with Algonquin. The driver was talking on a cell phone and was not using a hands-free device. Once the driver stopped, our client began to cross the intersection within a designated crosswalk as she had the right-of-way.
Unfortunately the driver was distracted and was not paying attention. The driver suddenly accelerated her car and struck our client, dragging her a short distance before stopping. When police officers arrived, the driver admitted that she never saw our client before hitting her.
Our client was transported by ambulance to Northwest Community Hospital where she complained of shoulder and leg pain. After doctors examined her, it was determined that our client had a fractured leg and a fractured shoulder. Her fractured leg required surgery to repair it and she had to undergo physical therapy after her discharge from the hospital. Fortunately she has made a great recovery.
In addition to riding her bicycle, our client enjoyed skiing, gardening, and exercising at the gym before her injury. She is beginning to return to these activities and plans to stay active now that her treatment is finished.
Personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. worked hard on behalf of this client and went after the at-fault driver's insurance company for the recovery. Not only did the driver fail to see our client before the collision but she failed to yield the right-of-way and was distracted while talking on her phone. Unfortunately this driver was negligent and caused an accident that did not need to occur.