Monday, July 2, 2012

Judgment Entered for Bicyclist Doored by Cab on Halsted Street

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have obtained a judgment for a Chicago-area bicyclist who was doored by a taxi cab 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.

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 impact also caused a nerve injury to the bicyclist's arm.

The attorneys at Keating Law Offices filed suit against the cab company and served them with the lawsuit. Despite several opportunties to enter the case, the cab company never did and the judge handling the case held them in default. A "prove-up" where the attorney and the injured bicyclist explained the injuries and expenses to the trial court was held and a judgment was entered in favor of the bicyclist.

The attorneys at Keating Law Offices have the trial experience to handle practically any case related to a bicycle crash or accident. 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. All initial consultations are confidential and free.