Over the last decade, bicycling has become increasingly popular in Chicago with many riders choosing bicycles as a primary means of transportation. Under the laws of Illinois, bicyclist have the right to ride in the streets with motorized traffic but must obey all laws that also apply to vehicles. Similarly, vehicular drivers must realize the rights of cyclists to ride in the roads and must respect those rights as they would the rights of other drivers.
Ideally, bicyclists and motorists would share the road harmoniously and in a safe, efficient manner that allows every to get to their destinations without incident. But unfortunately, hundreds of bicycle accidents occur in Chicago every year, and many of them leave the cyclist with serious, or even fatal injuries. When an accident is due to the negligence of one or more individuals involved, the victims of that crash, whether they are cyclists, pedestrians, motorists, or passengers, may be entitled to seek relief for their damages. Often, this means bringing a civil claim to recover for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer can help you understand whether you have a claim for your injuries and whether you are entitled to relief.
Police in Chicago have confirmed that a collision between a cyclist and an SUV occurred late Sunday night at the intersection of West Addison Street and North Milwaukee Avenue. Around 11:30 p.m., police believe that an SUV was traveling northbound as it approached the intersection. Intending to turn left at the intersection, the driver began to turn the vehicle when a collision with a bicyclist present occurred. While not clear which direction the cyclist was traveling, police believe that the SUV may have been at-fault for the crash and have issued the driver a citation for failing to yield the right-of-way before turning. The investigation into this incident is ongoing as police continue to review the facts of the collision.
Emergency crews responded to the scene of the collision and transported the cyclist to an area hospital with injuries that were described as critical. The cyclist’s current condition and the nature of the injuries sustained are not known at this time, nor is it clear whether the driver of the SUV was injured.
If you have been involved in an accident while riding a bicycle in Chicago, you may be entitled to relief for your damages, including any medical bills you have incurred or likely will incur in the future. Speaking with a lawyer who has experience representing the victims of bicycle accidents may help you understand your legal rights and legal options following an accident.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we offer all injury victims a free telephone consultation and we make ourselves available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call. If you have been hurt or if your loved one has been killed, call us today toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and let us help you get the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
CDOT Worker Injured After Falling from Chicago Bridge, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published March 28, 2014
Driver cited after striking bicyclist on Northwest Side, Chicago Tribune, published March 31, 2014.