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Friday, February 13, 2015

Claim for Bicyclist Doored by Cab Driver Settled - Even After Insurance Company Goes Out of Business

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have obtained a settlement for a Chicago bicyclist who was doored by a taxi cab driver in October of 2010. The bicycle accident occurred on Halsted Street near its intersection with Division in Chicago. 

Halsted Street has a bike lane on either side. The incident occurred as the bicyclist was traveling southbound in the bike lane on Halsted. The taxi cab initially passed the bicyclist on southbound Halsted and then pulled into a parallel parking spot in front of a cab stand. 

In spite of the fact the taxi cab just passed the bicyclist, the cab driver threw open the cab door just as the bicyclist went past. The bike accident occurred when the bicyclist had zero opportunity to stop or avoid the door and a collision occurred. Interestingly, the responding police officer did not write a report for a traffic crash, but instead wrote the incident up as an "assault" given the truly irresponsible behavior on the part of the cab driver.

As a result of this "dooring," the bicyclist was thrown over her handlebars and landed face first on the street. This severe impact caused the bicyclist to suffer "road rash" to her face and knock a tooth loose. The tooth was ultimately replaced by an orthodontist.

The attorneys at Keating Law Offices filed suit against the cab company and served them with the lawsuit. After their attorneys entered into the case, the insurance company for the taxicab company, Ulico Insurance, went out of business because the state determined that the insurance company did not have enough money to keep operating. This is what is known as "receivership." 

Since this bike accident happened in Illinois, the Illinois Guaranty Fund became involved. the Illinois Guaranty Fund is a state-run program that essentially provides "insurance for insurance." It exists so that when there are situations like this where there was an absence of insurance because of some issue with the insurance company, that there is still some opportunity for recourse. 

The bicycle attorneys at Keating Law Offices stayed with the case and pursued it for four years. Attorney Mike Keating said, "This was a very frustrating situation. Not only was the bicyclist severely injured by the inexcusable actions of the cab driver, but the insurance company for the cab company that should have been there to compensate her for her personal injuries essentially disappeared. Yet, in the end by fighting for our client we were able to obtain compensation for her." 

This situation also reflects why it is important to seek legal advice when dealing with a personal injury case. The issues surrounding insurance companies are often very complicated and far from simple.  The attorneys at Keating Law Offices have the trial experience to handle practically any case related to a bicycle crash or accident.  All initial consultations are confidential and free and there are absolutely no legal fees unless we make a financial recovery for you. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Illinois Bicycle Lawyer Mike Keating Named a "SuperLawyer" for the 5th Straight Year


Keating Law Offices attorney Michael S. Keating has been named a "Rising Star" by SuperLawyers Magazine. Only 2.5% of Illinois attorneys receive the “Rising Stars” honor and are recognized by Super Lawyers magazine each year. Attorney Keating has now been named a "Rising Star" in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

In order to become part of this prestigious list, all attorneys go through the Rising Stars selection process. SuperLawyers magazine invites Illinois lawyers once a year to nominate the top attorneys they have personally observed in action while an attorney-led research team searches for lawyers who have a high degree of professional competence.

SuperLawyers research team then evaluates each candidate based on the following 12 indicators: verdicts and settlements; transactions; representative clients; experience; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; position within the law firm; bar and or other professional activity; pro bono and community service as a lawyer; scholarly lectures and writings; education and employment background; and other outstanding achievements.

Based on these 12 indicators and final selection by SuperLawyers team, Attorney Michael Keating was selected. He believes that he has a responsibility to his community, which is why he is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Area Runners Association, and the Active Transportation Alliance.

Attorney Keating leads the Keating Law Offices team with the upmost dedication, rigor and passion to pursue justice for individuals and families whose lives have been affected by the negligence of others. Keating Law Offices concentrates its practice on personal injury, medical malpractice, bicycle and other transportation negligence, premises liability, products liability, and nursing home negligence and abuse cases. The firm has successfully represented clients throughout Illinois since 2008.

Mike Keating also serves as the Chair of the Bicycle Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice, the national trial lawyers organization. He is one of the youngest committee chairs in the entire United States.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Keating Law Offices Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Chicago Bicyclist Sideswiped by CTA Bus

Western Avenue at Walton - Scene of bicycle accident involving a Chicago bicyclist and CTA bus.
The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have filed a lawsuit on behalf of an injured Chicago bicyclist against the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and one of its bus drivers. The lawsuit stems from a bicycle crash that occurred on the afternoon of July 18, 2014 near Chicago's Ukrainian Village neighborhood.

Prior to the crash, the bicyclist was riding southbound on North Western Avenue near its intersection with West Walton Street. At the same time, the driver of a CTA bus began passing the bicyclist on the left side of her bicycle. According to the report filed by the responding Chicago police officer, the bicycle rack on the front of the bus first clipped her handlebar and then the aluminum frame of the advertisement on the side of the CTA bus again "clipped" the handlebar a second time. According to the police report, the bicyclist was dragged along the bus before being able to push away from the bus. While she was able to keep from falling underneath the bus, she still crashed onto Western Avenue.

The CTA bus driver continued to drive southbound on North Western Avenue until a passenger alerted the bus driver about the alleged incident. According to reports, there are multiple witnesses to this collision. As a result of this injury, the bicyclist suffered a severe injury to her ulnar nerve near her elbow. This injury required a surgical repair that left the bicyclist with a permanent scar. The bicyclist also continues to suffer from decreased strength and dexterity in her hand and arm from the injury. In addition, the injured bicyclist suffered abrasions that left scars throughout her body.

The lawsuit alleges that the CTA, by and through its employee, was negligent for failing to meet certain laws and requirements related to the handling of a bus around a bicycle. The Illinois Vehicle Code states that a driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle traveling in the same direction shall pass to the left of that bicycle at a safe distance in order to safely clear said bicycle.  625 ILCS 5/11-703(a).

In addition, Section 9-36-010 of the Municipal Code of Chicago requires something known as the “3-Foot Rule.” That is, the operator of a motor vehicle (in this case a bus) that is overtaking a bicycle traveling in the same direction on a highway must leave a safe distance, but not less than 3 feet, when passing the bicycle. The motor vehicle must then maintain that distance until safely past the overtaken bicycle.

According to the lawsuit filed on January 29, 2015 in the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, the CTA bus driver allegedly failed to leave the safe distance of at least 3 feet between the bus and the victim bicyclist. The lawsuit also alleges that the driver of the CTA bus allegedly failed to safely clear the victim and her bicycle and these failures caused the bicyclist to lose her balance and fall into the side of the bus.

All Illinois drivers have a duty to keep a proper lookout for bicyclists or other vehicles upon said streets. If a driver were to fail to keep a proper lookout for a bicyclist and then struck said bicyclist, that driver would be liable for the injuries the bicyclist suffered. All Illinois drivers also have a duty to make sure that their vehicles move into a lane of traffic safely and that they exercise due care to avoid colliding with any person operating a bicycle. Bicyclists have a right to obtain compensation for injuries caused by a driver who does not exercise due care while operating his or her vehicle. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy Winter Bike To Work Day - News Story Profiles Keating Law Offices Employees As Part of Story on "Winter Warrior" Biking

Today is the 14th Annual "Winter Bike to Work Day." DNAinfo Chicago recently posted an informative article by Alisa Hauser, who interviewed Chicago “Winter Warrior” bicyclists willing to share survival tips while cycling throughout the Windy City even in the midst of winter. The article features Keating Law Offices very own attorney, Michael Keating, and administrative assistant, Hannah Zenke.

According to Ms. Hauser’s article, Active Transportation Alliance estimates that 8,000 people use a bike to commute in Chicago during the winter, including KLO’s Hannah Zenke. Hannah commutes 10 miles daily from her home in Logan Square to Downtown. Hannah really enjoys biking for both her mental and physical health.
“It’s a way to beat the seasonal depression, it’s totally a real thing…Exercising in any way shape or form will release serotonin. You get a good feeling afterward. Just the fact you are a winter warrior and you made it to work, it’s a high-five, it makes you feel like a badass,” Hannah told DNAinfo Chicago.
Hannah stays warm while biking by wearing a wool onesie underneath her clothes, Pearli Izumi tights, two pairs of gloves, a face buff, and goggles to keep the snow out of her eyes.

Section 9-52-045 of the Municipal Code of Chicago requires that:

 “a bicyclist upon the roadway or upon any public path set aside for the use of bicycles shall give hand and arm signals in the following manner:

1. Left turn, left hand and arm extended horizontally;

2. Right turn, left hand and arm extended upward, or right hand and arm extended horizontally;

3. Stop or decrease speed, left or right hand and arm extended downward.”
If Chicago cyclists want to feel good while surviving as a winter warrior like Hannah does, her pro tip to fellow cyclists is to wear layers. While you layer up for Chicago’s snowy winters, keep in mind that you may want to wear some reflectors on top of your layers, that way motorists can see your hand and arm signals that are required by Illinois law.

The Illinois Vehicle Code states that any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as close as practicable and safe to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway…except (iii) when reasonably necessary to avoid conditions. 625 ILCS 5/11-1505.

Because of winter weather conditions in Chicago, cyclists may find themselves traveling at a lesser speed than what they are normally used to during the hot, sunny summer days. This Illinois law takes into consideration that there may be certain conditions that prevent cyclists from biking as close and safe to the right-hand curb as possible while traveling at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic.

Attorney Michael Keating of the Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices told DNAinfo Chicago his biggest concern in the winter months is that drivers don’t expect to see cyclists on the road. The road is narrower due to snow removal and cyclists do not have as much room.

Section 9-36-010 of the Municipal Code of Chicago requires that the operator of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle traveling in the same direction on a highway shall leave a safe distance, but not less than 3 feet, when passing the bicycle and shall maintain that distance until safely past the overtaken bicycle. This law is often referred to as the "3-Foot Rule."

With the narrowness of roads due to snow removal, it makes it much more difficult for motorists to comply with Section 9-36-010, thus making the roads less safe for bicyclists. That is why Attorney Keating describes cyclists who bike, regardless of the weather conditions, as committed. “It is part of their life, who they are, and they are committed to moving by bike. We have hot summers and cold and snowy winters and those that ride every season reflect just how committed they are.”

Illinois Vehicle Code requires that “every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type approved by the Department which shall be visible from all distances from 100 feet to 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector.” 625 ILCS 5/11-1507 (a).

So, when riding a bicycle at night in Illinois, cyclists must have a white light equipped on the front of their bicycle with a light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet. In addition to that front light, the cyclist must have an approved red reflector on the rear of his or her bike that is visible from 100 to 600 feet by a car with its headlights on. In addition to the red reflector and if the cyclist chooses, a red light may also be equipped on the bicycle’s rear with a light visible from a distance of 500 feet. Attorney Keating suggests that cyclists use as many lights as possible because visibility is very poor during Chicago’s winter months. A headlight will give cyclists a greater visibility while riding, making your ride home compliant with Illinois law and much safer. 

Although Chicagoans know the frigid temperatures, wind chills, and snow and ice storms that so often happen during the winter months here in Chicago, the key to staying safe and warm as a cyclist is to layer clothing, be a defensive cyclist, and follow the regulations provided by Illinois law.
 

If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or MKeating@KeatingLegal.com 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Chicago Bicyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run - Police Searching for Dark Colored Mini-Van

Viaduct on West Division Street where Chicago Bicyclist, Aimer Robledo, was the victim of a fatal hit-and-run crash.
30-year old Aimer Robledo was killed in a fatal bicycle crash early New Year's Day. Aimer was riding under a viaduct in the 4700 block of West Division Street on his way back to his home when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Aimer was pronounced dead at Mt. Sinai Hospital early Thursday morning. 

According to news reports, Aimer had stopped to see his wife and two children before continuing on to the house where he was staying separately from the family. While on his way back to the house, he was struck by a dark colored mini-van that then fled the scene. There are currently no further reports on identifying characteristics of the mini-van. There are also no reports about the specific locations of the two vehicles, the bicycle and the mini-van, at the time of the fatal collision. Photographs on the Chicago Tribune's website show a bicycle laying upon the yellow concrete median that runs underneath the viaduct.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Aimer Robledo.

If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or MKeating@KeatingLegal.com 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Days Are Now Getting Longer, But a Long Winter is Ahead and Illinois Bicycle Law REQUIRES Lights on Your Bike

While we haven't even reached the end of the year, we are actually a week past the Winter Solstice which was on December 21st. The Winter Solstice is when the North Pole is tilted the farthest from the sun and there is the least amount of daylight. In Chicago we are currently gaining about 30 seconds a day of daylight and by the end of January will be gaining two minutes a day. But there are still a lot of long, dark nights ahead. 

The short days and long nights that are naturally a part of winter mean that Illinois bicyclists who commute to work via their bikes will be riding home in the dark. It is important to note that a headlight not only gives you greater visibility while riding and makes you more visible to drivers, but it is the law. Bicyclists riding at nighttime must have the following on their bikes according to Illinois Bicycle Law:
  1. A lamp on the front that emits a white light that can be seen for 500 feet; and
  2. A red reflector visible from 100 to 600 feet by a car with its headlights on.
 The law from the Illinois Vehicle Code reads as follows: 

625 ILCS 5/11‑1507) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11‑1507) - Lamps and other equipment on bicycles.

(a) Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type approved by the Department which shall be visible from all distances from 100 feet to 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector.
Curiously, this Section also provides that a red light visible from 500 feet may be used in conjunction with the rear red reflector. This is somewhat awkward because it would make sense to allow a red light visible from 500 feet instead of a red reflector that may only be visible from as little as 100 feet. 

I'll give the drafters of this law the benefit of the doubt and conclude that this addition was to encourage bicyclists to use red lights on their bikes. In any event, the law (as well as sound safety measures) require the use of a headlight and a reflector and at least encourages the use of a rear red light. With these long winter nights ahead, the use of a headlight and a taillight will get you home safely - and legally.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Bike Lanes Promote Safety For Bicyclists....AND Pedestrians. So is Chicago doing enough with its bike plans?

The Illinois Bicycle Law Shield.
People for Bikes recently posted an excellent blog post from Michael Andersen, a Green Lane Project staff writer, about how bike lanes are just promoting safe bicycling, but also influencing safe conditions for pedestrians. Bike lanes are a part of a city's overall traffic planning that takes into account motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians.

In Chicago, with its densely populated neighborhoods and street layouts that date back to the rebuilding of the city after the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, traffic planning is a critically important issue for all citizens regardless of how they get around.

Nonetheless, traffic planning is especially important for bicyclists and pedestrians because unlike motorists or riders on public transportation, bicyclists and pedestrians are especially vulnerable if they are involved in a bicycle accident. In 2014 alone, 8 bicyclists have died from a bicycle vs. motorist crash in Chicago. This is double the number of deaths in 2013. Also, so far in 2014, 23 pedestrians were killed when struck by a motorist.

These numbers should concern every citizen of Chicago and raises the question: What is being done to reduce these numbers of deaths?

Although Chicagoans need to be aware and alert of their surroundings and of the traffic safety laws, the City of Chicago's Department of Transportation has begun implementing various protected bicycle lanes to create a distinct barrier between pedestrians/bicyclists and motorists. These lanes are located next to the sidewalk curb and have physical barriers, such as parked cars and markers /poles to separate bicyclists from motorists.

In 2011, Chicago installed its first barrier protected bike lane on Kinzie Street that was 1/2 mile long. This protected lane extends from Milwaukee Avenue to Wells Street and has increased bicycle riding by 55%. In 2012, Chicago installed a protected bike lane on Dearborn, which really focused on protecting those individuals who commute into the Loop via bicycle for work or leisure because it provides a direct route in and out of Chicago’s Loop. This Dearborn barrier protected bike lane extends from Polk Street to Kinzie Street. Then in 2013, Chicago installed the Milwaukee barrier protected bike lane, which is used by more than a thousand cyclists each day. This protected bike lane extends from Desplaines Street to Elston Avenue, and it too provides a direct route in and out of Chicago’s Loop. In total, the City of Chicago has 12 miles of barrier protected bike lanes.

So the next question you may be asking yourself: Is that enough? With more than 4,000 miles of streets in the City of Chicago, the answer is no.

Not only do these barrier protected bike lanes make bicyclists feel safer and provide a blockade from passing vehicles, these lanes also protect pedestrians from motorists. The protected bike lanes decrease the amount of roadway a pedestrian has to walk across, which means the pedestrian is walking across fewer lanes of vehicular traffic and has a higher likelihood of getting to the other side of the street safely. Also, protected bike lanes act as a signal to pedestrians as to which way traffic is traveling, that way pedestrians know when a vehicle is approaching and when it is safe to walk across a street. These barrier protected bike lanes also act as an additional walk signal for pedestrians—when bicyclists are given the green light to proceed in their protected bike lane, that gives pedestrians the “green light” to walk across Chicago streets safely. Barrier protected bike lanes also create an additional obstacle for those motorists who are always in a hurry. The protected lanes minimize the amount of swerving motorists are inclined to do to get around a stopped vehicle.

Barrier protected bike lanes, if increased throughout the City of Chicago, could begin reducing the amount of bicyclist vs. motorist and pedestrian vs. motorist collisions and decreasing the number of bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities. The City of Chicago has made great strides in building its bicycle infrastructure, and has great plans, but it is of critical importance for the safety of bicyclists - and pedestrians - that these plans are continued. Lives depend on it.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Chicago Bicyclist Receives $190,000.00 Settlement For Personal Injuries In Crash on Montrose

A long journey began for a Chicago bicyclist back in April of 2011. However, the journey he embarked on that day only started by bicycle. The journey itself was primarily made up of three years of medical care including a surgery. As is often unfortunately the case for many bicyclists who would much rather have their journeys only be by bicyclist, this journey started when a motorist, driving a company car, did not stop at a stop sign.

On that April day in 2011 the bicyclist was riding westbound on West Montrose Avenue. The bicyclist was traveling at a normal pace down a relatively busy Chicago street when he approached North Troy Street. At the same time as the bicyclist was approaching North Troy Street, the motorist was traveling southbound on Troy. North Troy Street is a one-way street flowing southbound with a stop sign at its intersection with Montrose Avenue. The stop sign at this intersection is in plain view. In contrast, vehicles (both motor and human powered) traveling on Montrose do not have a stop sign or a stop light at the intersection with Troy.

The motorist rolled through the stop sign and directly into the path of the bicyclist. This caused the bicyclist and his bicycle to collide into the driver’s door of the motorist’s vehicle. It may seem obvious, but what the motorist should have done was make a complete stop at the stop sign and then look both ways before continuing through the intersection. Had the motorist done the simple act of "looking", this bicycle accident could have been easily prevented.

Instead, the motorist failed to yield the right-of-way to the bicyclist. This failure to yield was a clear violation of the Illinois Rules of the Road. Section 11-902 states, that “the driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection” is required to yield the right-of-way to any bicyclist approaching from the opposite direction “which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.”

As a direct result of the motorist’s failure to yield, the bicyclist suffered severe pain in his left shoulder that radiated down his arm. The injury also resulted in a severely limited range of motion, intense and constant pain, and difficulty sleeping in the days following his injury. He was diagnosed with left shoulder separation and shoulder bursitis. The bicyclist tried to treat the injury with rest and later physical therapy. But the pain did not go away and the shoulder was not getting better. Ultimately he was forced to undergo arthroscopic surgery and later received a cortisone shot, both unsuccessful in long-term alleviation of his pain levels.
 

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices were ultimately able to negotiate a $190,000.00 settlement on behalf of the injured bicyclist. This was a particularly successful settlement as it was 50% more than what the bicyclist was offered to settle his case by the insurance company for the motorist. It was only after being represented by Attorney Michael Keating, who litigated the case on behalf of the injured bicyclist, that the insurance company was forced to fully compensate the bicyclist.

Friday, October 31, 2014

What Can Be Done To Reduce Bicycle Crashes in Illinois?

Attorney Michael Keating of Keating Law Offices being interviewed by FOX Chicago.
Last Friday, Attorney Michael S. Keating of the Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices was interviewed by FOX News Chicago regarding new video technology that can record a bicycle crash in real time. The thrust of the segment was whether technology like this could help bicyclists by keeping motorists (and bicyclists) accountable because they know of the the possible presence of video surveillance. In the segment, Attorney Keating noted that a video of a collision could be very beneficial in proving in court who caused a bicycle accident. Keating noted that in most cases where there isn't an independent witness, there is the bicyclist's version of events and the motorist's version of events. The possibility of video footage, especially in cases involving a hit and run,would increase the chances that the offender could be held accountable.

As technology advances and the financial costs associated with it decrease, there will soon be a day where a camera strapped to a bicycle is very commonplace. While this will greatly assist law enforcement agencies and attorneys that litigate bicycle crashes, the threat of video surveillance alone may not have a direct effect on reducing the number of bicycle crashes. After all, most bicycle accidents occur when a motorist makes some unintentional mistake. Unlike a criminal action where a criminal intends to harm another person, most bicycle accidents stem from a "human error," not some malicious intent.

In fact, far too often the refrain from a motorist who hits a bicyclist is "I didn't even see" the bicyclist. This raises the questions of what CAN be done to reduce the number of bicycle crashes in Illinois? Yesterday we posted a lengthy post on the Governors Highway Safety Association's excellent report on the growing number of fatalities nationwide that stem from bicycle accidents. Between 2010 and 2012 the study found that nationwide there was a 16% increase in the number of fatal bicycle crashes.

The report of the GHSA concluded that the following actions, in their professional opinion, would reduce the number of collisions and injuries:
  • Implementation or amendment of existing bicycle-related laws and enforcement of those laws;
  • Increased education of both motorists and bicyclists;
  • Increased and improved bicycle infrastructure and road sharing;
  • Efforts to to increase use of helmets and the visibility of bicycles and bicyclists;
  • Reduce speeds of motor vehicles;
  • Reduce drunk bicycling.
As bicycle attorneys in Illinois, we see first hand the devastation that can occur when a bicyclist is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. We applaud the efforts of the GHSA to give due attention to the very real issues surrounding safe bicycling. The findings of this will ideal serve as crucial information available to legislators to help increase these efforts.

In particular, federal funding that can lead to increased bicycle infrastructure would create roadways and bike lanes that would permanently be more conducive to safe bicycling. Particularly in congested urban areas, the presence of protected or buffered bike lanes can create a "safe zone" between bicycles and motor vehicles that would lead to fewer bicycle collisions. With more funding for these initiatives, the goal of safer bicycling could become a reality.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Keating Law Offices Sponsors Evanston's "Pedal Bright" Bike Light Giveaway and Installation Event

The Illinois Bicycle Law Shield
On the Eve of Halloween (tonight, October 30th) Keating Law Offices is sponsoring the City of Evanston's “Pedal Bright” Bike Light Giveaway and Installation event. The goal of the event is to
provide bicycle safety information and help cyclists increase the visibility of their bikes with bicycle lights.

Teams of volunteers will install 400 free bicycle lights, distribute city bike maps, and provide a quick tutorial on the rules of the road for bicyclists. Bicycle lights will be installed on Thursday, October 30, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., at two Evanston locations:
  • The Robert Crown Center located 1701 Main Street; and 
  • The Weber Arch at Northwestern University located at Chicago Avenue and Sheridan Road.
Illinois law requires that every bicycle ridden at night time be equipped with 1) a front light capable of emitting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet, and 2) A red reflector on the rear visible from 100 to 600 feet. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear may also be used in addition to a red reflector according to the law.

This sponsors of the event are the City of Evanston, Northwestern University, the Evanston Bike Club, Wheel & Sprocket, Downtown Evanston, Active Transportation Alliance, Roycemore School and The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices.

Attorney Michael Keating said the following about the event:
"I'm very proud to support the City of Evanston's "Pedal Bright" event. I lived in Evanston for years and am excited about this opportunity. This event will give us the opportunity to promote safe bicycling in Evanston. The use of bike lights not only make riding more fun because of better visibility but greatly increases the visibility of the bicyclist. It's also important that people know that it is the law in Illinois to use bike lights."

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Beyond the Numbers: IL One of the States With the Most Deaths While Bicycling. But why?

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is a non-profit group made up of representative from each state to collectively work for national security goals. The GHSA has its roots in the Federal State and Community Highway Safety Grant Program. This program, commonly known as "Section 402" because of the section of the United States Code it is listed under, provide the federal guidelines required for states that receive Federal funding for their highways.

Typically the efforts of the GHSA delve into issues only involving motorists such as speed limits, teenage driving, drunken driving, and enforcement of motor vehicle laws. However, the GHSA also addresses issues involving pedestrian and bicyclist safety. The GHSA has issued a new report, the "Spotlight on Highway Safety - Bicyclist Safety" which can be found in its entirety by clicking the link.

Many news outlets in Illinois have discussed the fact that Illinois had the 5th highest number of bicycle fatalities in the United States. This is an alarming statistic on its face when you consider that Illinois is cold for several months out of the year and states on the West Coast, the Southwest, Gulf Coast and the Southern states all have climates that are conducive to cycling year round.

However, as Jim Merrill of the Active Transportation Alliance noted to the Chicago Sun-Times, this statistic does not necessarily mean that Illinois is the "fifth worst" state for bicycling. Jim stated the following about how to best interpret these statistics:
“The urge to say Illinois is the fifth worst state in terms of fatal bike crashes should be taken with a grain of salt. When you break those numbers down by the number of people biking [as a whole], we’re more in the middle of the pack.”
In the Sun-Times article, the statistical basis for Jim Merrell's position was broken down. In Chicago an average of 125,000 people ride a bike every single day. This sheer volume of bicyclists leads to the very unfortunate statistical probability that there could be more deaths by bicycle. Since 2000, the number of daily bicyclists in Chicago has tripled. 

Attorney Mike Keating of the Illinois-based law firm Keating Law Offices, P.C. that focuses its practices on representing bicyclists, stated in addition to the volume of riders, the density of the populations tend to correlate with the number of deaths of bicylists. The study noted that in 1975 only half (50%) of all bicycle fatalities were in urban areas, by 2012 more than two-thirds (69%) of bicyclist fatalities occurred in urban areas.

Attorney Keating stated as follows,"
"The top five states for bicyclist fatalities were California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Illinois. Outside of the fact each of those states have a strong bicycling culture, the other commonality between these states is that they boast large urban areas and college campuses where bicycling is a key factor in commuting. The density of an urban area - and the congestion that comes with it - creates traffic patterns and leads to motorist behavior that would suggest potentially dangerous conditions for many bicyclists."
Since 2010, California has experienced 338 bicycling fatalities, followed by 329 in Florida, 143 in Texas, 138 in New York, and 80 in Illinois. The tops six states accounted for 54% of ALL fatal bicycle accidents nationwide. In addition, the study found that there has been a 16% increase in the number of bicyclists killed in crashes with motor vehicles between 2010 and 2012. In fact, the total number nationwide went from 621 to over a hundred more in 2012 with 722 fatal bicycle crashes.

Other statistics that the study noted were:
  • Age Matters: In 1975 21% bicyclist fatalities were of riders age 20 and over. The remainder were teenagers of children. By 2012 this number had climbed to 84% of bicyclist fatalities by riders that were age 20 or older. 
  • Drunk Riding: A staggering 1 in 4 (25%) of all adult bicyclists killed in a crash in 2012 were impaired by alcohol.
  • Helmets Save Lives: More than two thirds of all bicyclists killed in a bicycle accident in 2012 were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The study concluded that the lack of a national helmet standard is an impediment towards reducing the number of bicycle fatalities. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Victim of Left-Hook Bicycle Crash Receives Insurance Settlement

The Illinois Bicycle Attorneys at Keating Law Offices secured a substantial insurance settlement for a bicyclist who was the victim of a bicycle accident in west suburban Downers Grove in DuPage County. The crash occurred when the bicyclist was riding his bicycle along the curb eastbound on 55th Street through its intersection with Washington Street. The motorist made an illegal left turn from westbound 55th Street onto southbound Washington Street, failing to yield and instead unfortunately striking the bicyclist.

The motorist had a duty to yield the right of way prior to the crash. This failure to yield was a clear violation of the Illinois Rules of the Road. Section 11-902 of the Rules of the Road states, that “the driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection” is required to yield the right-of-way to any bicyclist approaching from the opposite direction “which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.”In plain English, this means that if a vehicle (motor or bicycle) is approaching, that a vehicle turning left from the opposite direction MUST yield the right of way until the oncoming vehicle has cleared the intersection.

As a result of this crash the bicyclist was ejected from his bike and landed on the hood of the motorist’s vehicle before being thrown head first onto the pavement. Upon impact, his helmet was shattered, and he suffered excruciating pain in his left shoulder, right knee, and back. Overall, the motorist’s failure to yield the right-of-way resulted in the bicyclist sustaining serious injuries, requiring extensive medical treatment and physical therapy, incurring lost wages, enduring considerable pain and suffering, as well as a loss of a normal life.

As we have mentioned in previous blog posts, “loss of a normal life” is a compensable damage under  Illinois law that is defined as “the temporary or permanent diminished ability to enjoy life,” and “includes a person’s inability to pursue the pleasurable aspects of life.” As a result of the motorist’s failure to yield the right-of-way, the bicyclist suffered very significant loss of a normal life. He could not return to work and was unable to complete even routine activities, such as sleeping, without feeling significant pain and discomfort.

Because of the bicyclist’s loss of a normal life, loss of wages, and severe injuries, he rightfully received a settlement for his medical expenses, as well as receiving just compensation for the property damage to his bicycle, helmet, equipment, and gear.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hit-and-Run Motorist Caught After Leaving Bicyclist With Head Gash

Chicago Bike Flag
A Chicago bicyclist was severely injured when she was struck by a motorist who then fled the scene. The bicycle accident occurred on Union Avenue and Roosevelt Road which is immediately adjacent to the Dan Ryan Expressway and next to the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. The bicyclist was riding eastbound on Roosevelt Road in the bike lane when the motorist cut her off to make a right-hand turn onto Union Avenue. The bicyclist could not avoid the car and she was hurled to the pavement.

The motorist then continued making the right turn onto Union, fleeing from the scene of the bicycle accident. Fortunately, a  witness was able to make note of the license plate and the Chicago Police Department were able to locate the vehicle and issue a police report. This was a big of "good luck" in an incredible unfortunate situation. If not for the witness the chances of locating the offending driver would have been much, much lower.

This type of bicycle crash is what is known as a "right-hook crash." Chicago law explicitly prohibits “right hooks” by turning vehicles. Section 9-16-020 of the Municipal Code of Chicago specifically addresses “right hooks.” The ordinance states:
“When a motor vehicle and a bicycle are traveling in the same direction on any highway, street, or road, the operator of the motor vehicle overtaking such bicycle traveling on the right side of the roadway shall not turn to the right in front of the bicycle at that intersection or at any alley or driveway until such vehicle has overtaken and is safely clear of the bicycle.”
Because of the motorist’s “right hook,” the bicyclist suffered a severe gash to the left side of her head, bruising on her side, and scrapes on her elbow. The head wound required the bicyclist to receive medical staples in order to close the wound.

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have already begun legal action against the motorist and the motorist’s insurance company on behalf of the injured bicyclist. Keating Law Offices is the premiere law firm in Illinois that represents bicyclists injured in a collision with a motor vehicle. If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating at 312-239-6787 (Office) or 312-208-7702 (24/7) or MKeating@KeatingLegal.com 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Chicago Police Issue Photo of White Volvo 660 Semi-Truck Involved in Hit-and-Run of Bicyclist

White Volvo 660 Semi-Truck Involved in 10/7/2014 Hit-and-Run of a Chicago Bicyclist
The Chicago Police Department have issued a new photograph as a part of the hunt for the driver of a white Volvo 660 Semi-Truck that was involved in a hit-and-run of a bicyclist. A crucial identifying characteristic of this Semi-Truck is the severe damage to the roof of the truck on the passenger side.




Photograph highlighting damage to roof of Semi-Truck
The driver of the truck has been described as a white man, approximately 30 years old, with a "slender-to-medium" build. The driver has blond hair and a short, "clean-cut" beard according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Chicago bicyclist is a 47-year-old who was riding in the 3600 block of South Ashland Avenue around 4:25 p.m. in the afternoon on October 7th when the collision occurred. The truck was traveling southbound on Ashland when the driver of the truck hit the bicyclist. The driver of the truck then fled the scene of the crash. The bicyclist remains in critical condition as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

In addition to potential traffic citations, the driver of the truck potentially faces felony charges for leaving the scene of an accident and misdemeanor charges for failing to render aid as well as failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Chicago Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Unit at (312) 745-4521. Below is an additional photograph of the truck taken from surveillance footage approximately four minutes prior to the subject crash. Note that the Semi-Truck's roof is not damaged on the driver's side, but has substantial damage on the passenger side.

Surveillance Footage of truck involved in hit-and-run collision that critically injured a Chicago bicyclist.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bicyclist Doored on West Side of Chicago

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have been retained to represent a Chicago bicyclist who was a victim of a dooring earlier this month. The dooring occurred on the far West Side of Chicago of Austin Avenue just north of its intersection with Fullerton Avenue in the Austin neighborhood.

The bicyclist is a high school student who was riding southbound on Austin Avenue when she was doored by a motorist getting out of a car parked along the curb also on Austin Avenue. When the bicyclist saw the car door open, she instinctively put her right arm up for protection, but was still "doored" as the door was swung into her.

This is a classic example of a "dooring." Illinois law is very clear regarding a motorist’s duty to carefully avoid dooring a bicyclist. Great efforts have been made to educate the public so that they LOOK! prior to opening their door into traffic. Legally speaking, Illinois law is very clear on the requirement that a motorist not open their door into the path of a bicyclist.

Section 11-1407 of the Illinois Vehicle Code states:
"No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers."
The statute, however, does not provide a definition of the act of opening a door into traffic AND a collision taking place. The law only talks about "interfering" with passengers. Illinois bicycle attorney Mike Keating has long argued for the following legal definition of a "dooring":
dooring. (Verb) doored. (Past Tense) doorings. (Plural)
The act of opening the door of a motor vehicle into the path of a bicyclist and causing a collision. Examples: "The bicyclist was a victim of a dooring while riding down the bike lane." "Several bicyclists were victims of doorings while riding on the same bike lane."
As a result of the dooring the bicyclist was thrown to the pavement where she suffered a serious arm injury that required her to be taken by ambulance to the emergency room at a nearby hospital. The arm was numb and immobile at the scene, symptoms that are often consistent with nerve damage. The bicyclist is now seeking follow-up treatment.

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices are the top law firm in Illinois representing victims of bicycles accidents and crashes. The firm has successfully represented numerous victims of bicycle accidents and collisions in Chicago, the suburbs, and throughout Illinois.

If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or MKeating@KeatingLegal.com 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bicyclist Doored in Riverside Receives Insurance Settlement

Location in Riverside, IL where a bicyclist was doored. Illinois bike attorneys at Keating Law Offices helped secure an insurance settlement for the doored bicyclist who was injured in the crash.
Illinois Bicycle Lawyer Joe Vietri secured an insurance settlement for a bicyclist who was the victim of a dooring in Riverside last June. The dooring occurred on East Burlington Street near its intersection with Longcommon Road. This location in Riverside is often very congested because it is located near Riverside's village center and the local Metra stop.

The dooring occurred as the bicyclist road eastbound on Burlington at the same time that a driver of a parked vehicle suddenly opened his door directly into the bicyclist’s path. With absolutely no time to react, the bicyclist crashed into the door and landed directly on the pavement. The bicyclist sustained severe injuries and was immediately transported to the emergency room with lower back and hip injuries.

This dooring is a violation of the Illinois law that prohibits motorists opening their car doors into the path of traffic. Illinois law is very clear regarding a motorist’s duty to carefully avoid dooring a bicyclist. Section 11-1407 of the Illinois Vehicle Code states:
"No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers."
The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers made a claim with the driver’s insurance carrier for the bicyclist’s injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of a normal life. As we have mentioned in previous blog posts, “loss of a normal life” is a compensable damage in Illinois that is defined as “the temporary or permanent diminished ability to enjoy life,” and “includes a person’s inability to pursue the pleasurable aspects of life.” As a result of this dooring, the bicyclist suffered very significant loss of a normal life. Before the crash, he was a man who led an active and independent life, spending much of his time bicycling and caring for others. After the crash, however, he was unable to complete the most routine, daily activities—he had to rely on the assistance of others and was entirely unable to lead his usually active lifestyle.

This bicyclist’s case is a good example of how compensation from an insurance company involves much more than repayment of a patient’s medical bills; the lasting effects of being the victim of a crash often reach much further than the emergency room door, and compensation for loss of normal life can help.


If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or MKeating@KeatingLegal.com 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Claim Settled for Bicyclist Struck While Crossing Busy Street in Crosswalk


Illinois Bicycle Lawyers Michael S. Keating and Joseph T. Vietri have secured a substantial settlement for a bicyclist who was struck by a motorist at the intersection of Janes Avenue and 83rd Street in suburban Woodridge last August. The bicyclist, who was riding northbound along the sidewalk parallel to Janes Avenue, was crossing the intersection in the crosswalk pursuant to a green light and pedestrian “walk signal.” The motorist, who was subject to a red light, attempted to make a left turn off of eastbound 83rd Street onto southbound Janes Avenue. As the driver proceeded in to the turn her entered the marked crosswalk and struck the bicyclist.

While adult bicyclists most often ride their bicycle in the street, this is not always the case due to the design of a roadway or intersection or when the roadway is an extremely busy and dangerous throughfare. Pursuant to Section 11-1512(c) of the Illinois Vehicle Code, when a bicyclist is using a crosswalk to cross a roadway, the rider is treated as a "pedestrian" under the law. And Illinois law is very clear on the responsibility of an Illinois motorist to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in a crosswalk at an intersection. Section 11-1002 of the Illinois Vehicle Code states that “the driver of a vehicle shall stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk.” This responsibility is made even more clear when the pedestrian is both in a crosswalk and with a green light and walk signal.

The bicyclist in this case sustained severe injuries as a result of this collision. The brunt of the impact was sustained by the bicyclist’s left leg, which was crushed between his bicycle and the driver’s car. The bicyclist was immediately taken to the emergency room with excruciating left leg pain and was required to undergo medical treatments for the next two months following the crash.

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers made a claim with the driver’s insurance carrier for the bicyclist's "elements of damages." Elements of damages are the different categories of a claim that make up a claim. In this case claims were made for the bicyclist's personal injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of a normal life. As we have mentioned in previous blog posts, “loss of a normal life” is a compensable damage in Illinois. It is defined as “the temporary or permanent diminished ability to enjoy life,” and “includes a person’s inability to pursue the pleasurable aspects of life.” Under Illinois law, anyone injured in a bicycle crash caused by someone else is eligible for compensation for their loss of a normal life, since “loss of a normal life” varies from person to person and case to case.

Here, the bicyclist sustained a temporary inability to ride his bike or engage in the daily activities to which he was generally accustomed. Before the crash, the bicyclist was extremely active—he worked out at the gym, ran, or rode his bike every single day. For six weeks after the crash however, he could not engage in any of his normal physical activities due to his injuries.

If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, please contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or MKeating@KeatingLegal.com 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Niles Plans to Improve Bicycle Path Crossing at Location of Bicyclist's Death

In a previous post, we detailed the tragic passing of a 39-year-old bicyclist, Jeremy Ghisols. Jeremy was killed while bicycling in Niles near the intersection of the North Branch Trail and Howard Street. Prior to this bicycle crash, the Village of Niles identified the scene of the crash as one where safety improvements—such as flashing beacons, signage, and striping for a crosswalk—would benefit local bikers, pedestrians, and motorists.

Now, according to The Niles Journal, it appears that construction of a bike crossing is finally underway at this spot, no doubt inspired by Jeremy. Currently, there are no signals, signs, or markings whatsoever to indicate where the North Branch Trail crosses Howard Street, making the crossing incredibly dangerous for bicyclists and motorists alike. Soon, however, the new crossing will feature a push-button activated, rapid-flash beacon; advance warning signs; and even ADA-approved warnings and markings to make the crossing as safe as possible for the many bicyclists and pedestrians who use it every day.

While it is certainly a positive step by Niles to include these improvements, it is hard not to consider whether traffic safety infrastructure like this could have made a different in the bicycle crash that took Jeremy's life. This is why it is important that all cities and the state make efforts to be proactive, rather than reactive. 

If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or MKeating@KeatingLegal.com 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Taxi Involved in Hit-and-Run with Bicyclist in Lakeview - Help Requested to Identify Taxicab

Intersection of Halsted Street and Wellington Avenue near where a Chicago bicyclist was injured in a hit-and-run collision on July 19th in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.
The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have been retained to represent a Chicago bicyclist who was a victim of a hit-and-run with a taxicab on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at approximately 10:15 p.m. The bicycle accident occurred in the Lakeview neighborhood at 3031 North Halsted Street which is just north of the intersection of West Wellington Avenue and North Halsted Street near Illinois Masonic Hospital.

The bicyclist, a local dog walker who was riding home, was traveling northbound in the marked bike lane on Halsted Street when the driver of a taxicab suddenly swerved the motor vehicle into the bike lane and struck the bicyclist. The driver of the taxicab then fled the scene of the bicycle collision northbound on North Halsted Street towards its intersection with North Clark Street. Three eyewitnesses confirmed that the hit-and-run vehicle was a taxicab. However, the witnesses were unable to identify the taxi number or license plate. There is an unconfirmed report that the taxicab may have been black and white in color, but there is some confusion from the scene as to the accuracy of this report. The Chicago Police Department responded to the scene but have since closed their investigation after the responding officer chose to not notify the police department's Major Accidents Investigation Unit (MAIU).

Keating Law Offices has commenced legal action against the "John Doe" driver on behalf of the injured bicyclist and are in the process of securing a protective order from a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County to acquire security footage from nearby businesses. Yet, we are respectfully asking for your help to identify the hit-and-run taxicab driver and to identify any Chicago taxicab companies that operate taxicabs that are black and white in color. If you witnessed the bicycle collision or have any information regarding the hit-and-run taxicab driver please contact Keating Law Offices at (312) 239-6787 or email attorney Mike Keating at MKeating@KeatingLegal.com. Callers may choose to remain anonymous. 

The bicyclist sustained multiple severe injuries, including an open fracture to his left forearm. An open fracture is when the fractured bone breaks through the skin. The bicyclist was transported via ambulance to a local emergency room where he underwent open reduction and internal fixation surgery (“ORIF”). ORIF is a two-part surgery in which the broken bone is put back into place and then an internal fixation device (usually screws, plates, rods or pins) is placed on the bone to stabilize and facilitate healing of the fracture. The bicyclist spent four nights at the hospital before being released and has a long road of recovery in front of him.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices Sponsor Prairie State Cycling Series

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices are again sponsoring the Prairie State Cycling Series (PSCC). The PSCC is brought by the same race promoters as the Tour of America's Dairyland (ToAD) an immensely popular race series every June in locations throughout Wisconsin. Now in its second year, the Prairie State Cycling Series continues to experience incredible growth in popularity and number of racers. The goal of the promoters is that the PSCC would be a premiere event every July to complement the racing of ToAD every June.
Regarding Keating Law Offices' sponsorship of the PSCC, attorney Michael Keating of Keating Law Offices said:
"The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers of Keating Law Offices are very pleased to sponsor the Prairie State Cycling Series. This is the second year we have sponsored the Prairie State Cycling Series, but our sponsorship of races in Illinois with this group goes back years to when we sponsored the Prairie State Criterium in St. Charles in 2012. As advocates of Illinois bicyclists, we are committed to promoting bicycling in Illinois, whether it be advocating for safer streets, fighting for our clients, or even supporting pro-level bicycling in Illinois."
 Here is a listing of all of the races in the Prairie State Cycling Series along with links to each race.
Attorney Mike Keating and other members of Keating Law Offices will be at each race cheering on the riders. Please say hello if you are at the races. This is a very exciting time for bicycling in Illinois. The popularity of the Prairie State Cycling Series reflects the growth in the popularity of bicycling in Illinois whether it be recreational riding for fun or exercise, commuting by bicycle, or competitive bicycling.

Keating Law Offices is the premiere law firm in Illinois that represents victims of bicycle accidents and crashes. Attorney Michael S. Keating is the Chair of the Bicycle Litigation Committee for the National Trial Lawyers Associaiton, the American Association for Justice. The firm is nationally renowned for its experience in handling cases stemming from injuries or wrongful deaths as a result of collisions with motor vehicles.