Thursday, January 9, 2014

Chicago Bicyclist Riding In Bike Lane Injured in Left Hook Crash

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers of Keating Law Offices have been retained to represent a Chicago bicyclist struck by a motorist on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.  The bicyclist was riding lawfully in the bike lane along Milwaukee when the driver of an oncoming SUV started to make a left turn in front of the bicyclist. Although the bicyclist attempted to alert the motorist by yelling and ringing her bike's bell, the driver of the SUV collided with the bicyclist in Milwaukee Avenue. This is known as a "left hook" collision due to the vehicle's path into the bicyclist. The driver initially attempted to drive away from the scene but was chased down by another bicyclist.  When the police arrived on the scene, the driver claimed he did not see the bicyclist and that he did not even realize he had struck her.

The bicyclist sustained an injury to her ankle and was evaluated at a nearby hospital. Since the collision, she has undergone x-rays, physical therapy and has had to utilize crutches to walk.

According to the Chicago Department of Transportation, approximately 55% of all Chicago bicycle crashes occur at intersections. Moreover, 40% of all Chicago bicycle crashes occur as a result of a motorists' failure to yield. Sadly, our newest case is evidence of the same, as the motorist in this collision failed to pay proper attention to the bike lane as he made a left hand turn.  Drivers must be diligent in keeping a proper lookout for bicyclists when they are operating a motor vehicle.  

If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, please do not hesitate to contact Illinois Bicycle Lawyer Mike Keating at 312-239-6787 (Business Hours) or  312-208-7702 (24/7) or at All emails and phone calls are returned promptly. Keating Law Offices offers free, no obligation consultations to injured bicyclists. There are never any attorneys' fees or expenses unless the firm is able to make a recovery on your behalf.