Saturday, October 29, 2011

Case for Injured Bicycle Commuter Settled During Trial

Keating Law Offices successfully resolved a fiercely contested case stemming from a motor vehicle vs. bicycle collision that occurred on June 13, 2007 in Glendale Heights, IL. The collision occurred at the intersection of southbound Glendale Heights Road and Armitage Avenue in the western suburb. The collision occurred when the defendant motorist allegedly failed to yield the right-of-way and made a left-hand turn with his motor vehicle in front of the bicyclist. This is known as a “left hook” collision.

As a result of this collision the plaintiff, a regular bicycle commuter from his job in Schaumburg to his home in Glen Ellyn, sustained a fracture in his right shin, a fracture of his left arm/shoulder, and fractures in his right hand. These injuries resulted in substantial medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, lost wages and property damage.

The injured bicyclist attempted to resolve the matter with the motorist's insurance company on his own. However, the insurance company refused to settle the case and argued that the bicyclist was at fault for not stopping in time.

The Illinois bicycle attorneys at Keating Law Offices filed a complaint at law on the bicyclist's behalf and litigated the case. Over two years of litigation, the attorneys for the driver's insurance company refused to admit that the motorist was primarily responsible for the collision and even hired an expert accident reconstructionist to argue at trial that the bicyclist's version of events was not possible. Despite this, a settlement was reached during trial to settle the case in favor of the bicyclist.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident or collision in Illinois, it is important to consult with an attorney. Keating Law Offices offers free, no obligation consultations to injured cyclists. 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 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly.