The bicyclist was then struck with the door of the police vehicle and was thrown to the pavement headfirst. As a result of the dooring, the bicyclist was transported via ambulance to a local emergency room. Among other injuries, the bicyclist sustained a spinal injury at C-3 of her vertebrae, a concussion, and a severe laceration to her head that required stitches.
In suddenly opening the police vehicle's door into the path of the designated bike lane, the police officer violated Section 9-80-035 of the Municipal Code of Chicago. Section 9-80-035 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 Tort Immunity Act often creates a difficult barrier in asserting a claim against public employees. The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have successfully resolved dozens of cases in which a public employee has attempted to assert the Tort Immunity Act as a defense. 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 . All initial consultations are confidential and free.