Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Naperville Competitive Cyclist Struck Standing At A Red Light

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One of the scariest things about riding in the Chicagoland area is that no matter how careful you are as a cyclist, sometimes there are things outside of your control. This dynamic has never been more true than on October 10th when a Naperville bicyclist was struck while standing at a red light. The bike accident occurred early that morning just outside of Naperville North High School.

Just prior to the bike accident, the bicyclist was travelling on Mill Street and was stopped at a red light on Ogden Avenue, a main street that runs from Chicago through the western suburbs. While the bicyclist was stopped at the red light, a motor vehicle collision was unfolding. One driver was travelling west on Ogden Avenue and waiting for traffic to clear before making her turn southbound onto Mill Street. At the same time an eastbound driver was proceeding through the intersection of Ogden and Mill. The westbound driver from Ogden did not yield and turned in front of the eastbound driver. Simultaneously, the eastbound driver did not stop prior to impact. The collision of the two vehicles sent the eastbound driver's car careening into the bicyclist.

The left-turning westbound motorist was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way. Yesterday, the motorist plead guilty to the ticket. The attorneys from Keating Law Offices were at the traffic court to assist the bicyclist who retained the firm to represent him in this matter. The bicyclist, an experienced and successful competitive rider, was thrown from his bike and his head hit the curb. The bicyclist suffered massive dental injuries that required oral surgery among other 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 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.