Monday, January 7, 2013

Lawsuit Filed for Chicago Bicyclist Injured in "Left Hook" Bike Accident

On December 31, 2012, Keating Law Offices' attorneys Michael Keating and Joseph Vietri filed a lawsuit against the driver of a Toyota SUV who is alleged to have struck a bicyclist at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Halsted Street in Chicago. The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois after the insurance provider for the driver denied the bicyclist's claim for damages. The bicyclist victim is seeking to recover for both the physical injuries he received in the collision and for the damage to his bike. 
The incident occurred on February 24, 2011 as the bicyclist was traveling westbound on Grand. The bicyclist had the right of way and was attempting to cross through the 6-way intersection of Grand/Halstead/Milwaukee. The defendant driver was traveling east on Grand and planning to make a left-hand turn onto northbound Halsted. According to the police report taken at the scene, the driver "admitted" to not seeing the bicyclist either approaching or in the intersection. The driver allegedly made a left turn directly in front of the bicyclist. The driver's abrupt "left hook" gave the bicyclist no time to react and he collided with the rear bumper of the SUV. The lawsuit further alleges that the driver's failure to yield to the bicyclist at the intersection caused the collision and resulting injuries to the bicyclist. 
Under Illinois law, the driver of any vehicle that is waiting to turn left at an intersection is required to yield to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction if the approaching vehicle makes completing the left turn hazardous. (625 ILCS 5/11-902). As we have previously covered in the Illinois Bicycle Law blog, Chicago has enacted laws that provide additional protections to bicyclists by specifically stating that a car driver waiting to make a left turn at an intersection must yield to any approaching bicyclists. (Chicago Municipal Code Section 9-16-020(e)). 
Here, the lawsuit alleges that by failing to yield to the approaching bicyclist, the driver of the SUV violated both Chicago and Illinois state laws and is liable for the damages incurred by the bicyclist. The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have previously won favorable settlements for bicyclists injured by drivers who have failed to yield as required by law. Our firm's experienced attorneys are passionate about protecting the rights of all bicyclists. Were are here to help if you have been injured while biking due to a reckless or careless driver. 
If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, please contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating by calling 312-208-7702 or emailing him at MKeating@KeatingLegal.com, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All emails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.