The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have settled a case on behalf of a Champaign, Illinois bicyclist who was injured in an entirely preventable bicycle accident. On August 9, 2011, the bicyclist was commuting home by bike on Church Street in Champaign when he was rear-ended as he was stopped at a red light. At the time of the accident it was still light outside, the bicyclist was wearing a yellow reflective vest, and he had two flashing taillights on his bicycle. The impact of the motorist crashing into the bicycle caused the bicyclist to be thrown forward and for the bike to be knocked under him.
As if this preventable collision was not bizarre enough, the motorist admitted to police at the scene that he struck the bicyclist because he did not see the bicyclist even though the bicyclist could not have been more visible. The situation then only became more complicated when the insurance company for the motorist admitted that the collision was the motorist's fault, but refused to compensate the bicyclist for his injuries because it claimed the injuries were not severe nor related to the collision.
After facing the non-cooperative insurance company, the bicyclist contacted Keating Law Offices for counsel. The firm immediately got to work on the case. The attorneys were able to show that, prior to the collision, the bicyclist was in great shape and rode his bike pain-free approximately 10,000 miles a year prior to the crash. This fact, combined with reports from the bicyclist's doctor, proved that the injuries were related to the collision. The key to the success of this case, and so many cases like it, was the firm's willingness and ability to track down key details that, when put together, combined to make the case. Ultimately, the bicyclist was adequately compensated for his medical expenses, lost wages, loss of a normal life, and pain and suffering during his recovery.
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.
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