Wednesday, June 5, 2013

DePaul Student Suffers Head Injury and Broken Foot in Left Hook Bike Accident

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have been retained to represent a local 26 year-old bicyclist who sustained a brain injury and a broken foot when he was struck by a 78 year-old motorist on May 14, 2013. The collision occurred at the 6-way intersection of Belmont Avenue, Ashland Avenue, and Lincoln Avenue. As the bicyclist entered the intersection he was suddenly t-boned by a vehicle attempting to make a left onto westbound Belmont Avenue from northbound Lincoln Avenue. Upon impact, the bicyclist was knocked unconscious and was thrown onto the hood of the car before landing on the pavement. The injured bicyclist has been experiencing cognitive deficiencies since the bicycle crash and was diagnosed with a broken bone in his foot.

This type of bicycle accident or crash is often referred to as a “left hook” bicycle collision. The motorist’s “left hook” which resulted in the bicycle crash was in direct violation of Section 9-16-020 of the Municipal Code of Chicago. Section 9-16-020(e) provides:
9-16-020 (e) Right of way to a bicycle on Left Turn - The driver of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to a bicycle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.
Here, the motorist was required to yield the right-of-way to the bicycle approaching from the opposition direction. As evidenced by the collision and resulting injuries, the motorist clearly violated Section 9-16-020 of the Municipal Code of Chicago.

The motorist also violated Section 9-40-160 of the Municipal Code of Chicago in causing the bicycle crash. In fact, the responding police officer issued the motorist a traffic citation for violating Section 9-40-160. Section 9-40-160 provides:
9-40-160 Drivers to exercise due care - Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian, or any person operating a bicycle or other device propelled by human or animal power, upon any roadway, and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary and shall exercise proper precautions upon observing any child or any confused or incapacitated person upon a roadway.
Sections 9-16-020 and 9-40-160 are just two of the numerous laws established by the Municipal Code of Chicago to protect bicyclists. Click here for additional provisions of the Municipal Code of Chicago that encourage bicylist safety. The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers often rely on the Municipal Code of Chicago as well as the Illinois Vehicle Code to obtain favorable settlements and verdicts for injured bicyclists.

The bicycle attorneys at Keating Law Offices have successfully handled numerous "left hook" bicycle crashes.  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.