Thursday, January 17, 2013

Keating Law Offices Settles Case for Skokie Bicyclist

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have settled a case on behalf of a Skokie bicyclist who was "doored" on June 26, 2012  in Skokie on Gross Point Road. The bicyclist suffered a severe laceration to his finger, an injury so severe that it required sutures and consultations by a hand surgeon. The bicyclist, a recent law school graduate who was studying for the Illinois bar exam and clerking at a law firm at the time of the collision, was without the full use of his hand while the finger healed. This obviously caused considerable pain and discomfort for the cyclist and budding attorney during his recuperation.

Despite the difficulties of an uncooperative insurance carrier, the case was ultimately settled by consistently presenting facts and legal analysis to the insurance company that showed the motorist was 100% in the wrong for opening the door of her vehicle into traffic. Under Section 11-1407 of the Illinois Rules of the Road a "dooring" occurs when a motorist violates the following statute:

"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."

Keating Law Offices has successfully represented numerous Illinois bicyclists throughout Chicagoland and the rest of Illinois who have been injured in a bicycle accident or bicycle crash while riding. If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving a bicycle accident or Illinois personal injury law, please contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.