Monday, February 15, 2016

Chicago Bicyclist Received Insurance Settlement After SUV Driver Swerves Into Him

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have settled a substantial personal injury claim of $50,000.00 on behalf of a bicyclist injured in the Gold Coast this summer. The crash occurred when the bicyclist was riding his bicycle eastbound on West Oak Street and approaching its intersection with North LaSalle Street. At the same time the driver of a luxury SUV erratically attempted to go around the car in front him and swerved directly into the bicyclist’s path. The motorist illegally struck the bicycle by sideswiping him. The force of this collision forced the bicyclists off his bike and as result he suffered a dislocated left shoulder.

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices Serve Cyclists Throughout Chicago and the State of Illinois

This bicyclist’s injuries were so severe that he was immediately transported via ambulance by Chicago Fire Department paramedics to Northwestern Memorial Hospital emergency room. The ambulance report showed that the bicyclist had a deformity to his left shoulder. An x-ray confirmed dislocation of the bicyclist’s left shoulder and he had to have his shoulder reset. Upon leaving Northwestern this bicyclist knew he needed help. He reached out to the Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices were able to recover a settlement of $50,000.00 for this injured Chicago bicyclist. This is a substantial settlement for an injury that fortunately did not require surgery and the bicyclist's recovery was without any complications. The settlement was also reached without having to resort to filing a lawsuit and will fully compensate the bicyclist for his medical bills, time off from work, and his pain and suffering.

City of Chicago Laws Provide Protection to Bicyclists

In this case, the motorist violated a Chicago Municipal Code statute that protect bicyclists throughout the city. Section 9-40-160 of the Chicago Municipal Code states that “every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with …any person operating a bicycle…upon any roadway, and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary.” (See Section 9-40-160 of the Chicago Municipal Code.)

Without any warning or signal the motorist and his luxury SUV attempted to swerve around a vehicle directly in front of him to continue eastbound on West Oak Street. With no time for the bicyclist to react, he was violently struck from the side and injured. As a result of the crash, the bicyclist was thrown off his bicycle, injuring his left shoulder. It was very important for the Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices to recover as much money as possible from the motorist’s insurance company based on the injuries to this rider’s left shoulder and we are proud to have done so.

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If you have any questions regarding this post or have a question regarding personal injury law, please contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating at 312-239-6787 (Office) or 312-208-7702 (Nights/Weekends). Our staff and operators are available around the clock. You can also email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.

The Leading Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Illinois

Keating Law Offices is the premiere personal injury law firm representing victims of bicycle accidents in Illinois. The firm is based in Chicago, Illinois and represents clients throughout Illinois. Keating Law Offices has successfully obtained compensation for hundreds of bicycle injury victims across Illinois.  The firm's bicycle accident attorneys are always available to review your case with absolutely no risk or obligation to you. The firm's mission is to do everything possible to obtain you the maximum amount for the injuries you sustained. In the event that no recovery can be made for you, our legal services are absolutely free.