Chicago bicycle accident lawyer takes on 2 new cases

Over the last week Illinois bike crash attorneys at Abels & Annes have signed on to represent cyclists who were injured by negligent drivers in two different accidents earlier this month.

In the first incident, a bicyclist was riding westbound in the 2400 block of Logan Boulevard on the far right side of the street. At that time the driver of a 2007 Chevy Equinox drove too close to him and bumped him as she passed by, knocking him to the ground.

The plaintiff was taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Chicago. He had sustained injuries to his left shoulder, ribs and head, and also had bad road rash. There he was examined by physicians and x-rays were taken, which were negative for fractures.

During the week after the collision, the plaintiff’s shoulder pain remained. He has since sought follow up medical care with a medical doctor in the Chicago area.

In a second accident, a bicycle rider was heading southbound on Sheffield. At that time he approached a 2005 Hyundai that was stopped in the street with a left turn signal on, waiting to enter an alley. As the plaintiff was traveling by on the right side of the street, the driver decided not to make the turn and swerved back to the right, hitting the bicyclist.

The plaintiff flew over the car on impact and rolled on the pavement. He sustained a concussion, and injuries to his neck, wrist and right knee. He was seen later that day at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital emergency room.

Over the next several days the bicyclist’s pain only increased. He soon after started treatment with an orthopedic group in Chicago. There he is under the supervision of a medical doctor and going through course of physical therapy.

Our office is pursuing a claim against Geico, the auto insurance carrier for the at fault driver.

The Chicago Police Department handled the crash investigations for both accidents.

As cooler weather arrives in Chicago, motorists need to be aware the bicycle riders are still on the road. More and more Chicagoans are bicycling to work every day, and fall weather is not going to deter them.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has reported that in the year 2010 there were a total of 3,599 bicycle accidents statewide. 24 of those collisions involved fatalities, and 3444 of them resulted in injuries. Statistically, that means that over 95% of 2010 Illinois bicycle accidents resulted in someone getting hurt.

Just over 76% of the accidents occurred during daylight hours, and over 96% took place on urban roads. Further, 76% of the bike riders injured were male, while only 24% were female.

Call the Illinois bike crash attorneys at Abels & Annes if you’re a cyclist that has been injured by a negligent motorist. Contact us online or call 312-924-7575 to speak directly to a lawyer today.

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