The Chicago bicycle accident lawyers at Abels & Annes are representing two clients who were struck by cars in separate accidents earlier this month.
The first accident occurred Aug. 14 at about 7 p.m. on the Lake Shore bike path near Burnham Harbor. The 24-year-old cyclist was northbound on the bike path near Soldier Field when she was struck by a taxi cab, according to Chicago Police. The 2008 Crown Victoria did not stop for a stop sign at the bike crossing, but actually accelerated. The cab struck the cyclist with its left front fender.
She was taken to the hospital with back pain and multiple bruises and contusions. The cab is owned by Royal 3 CCC Cab Company. She is also seeking follow up treatment with an orthopaedic doctor.
In the second case, an 11-year-old boy was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk along 98th Street when an Oldsmobile left the roadway and struck the child before fleeing the scene. The accident happened about 7 p.m. A witness at the scene was able to report the license plate number to police.
The boy was taken to Trinity Hospital for treatment of multiple injuries.
As our Chicago accident attorneys reported earlier this month, the city has been named one of the 10 best in the nation for cycling and continues to make great strides in bicycle safety. But serious and fatal bicycle accidents continue to be a significant safety issue.
In 2008, the Illinois Department of Transportation reported 28 riders were killed and 3,331 were injured as a result of almost 4,000 Illinois bicycle accidents. More than 3,700 of those occurred in urban areas, primarily Chicago.
If you are injured in a Chicago cycling accident, contact Abels & Annes for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call (866) 99-ABELS. There is no fee unless you win.