Thursday, May 24, 2012

Keating Law Offices Settles Case for Quincy, IL Bicyclist

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have secured another settlement on behalf of an Illinois bicyclist who was injured in a bicycle accident. In this case, the Quincy, Illinois bicyclist was injured when the driver made a "left hook" directly into her bicycle. A "left hook" is when the bicyclist and the motorist are traveling in opposite directions. The "hook" is when the motorist makes a left turn directly into the path of the bicyclist. In this case, the motorist actually clipped the bicyclist and caused her to crash. 

The insurance company for the motorist took a "hard line" approach to the case. The insurance company argued that the bicyclist was partially to blame and, in any event, the bicyclist's injuries were not as severe as she claimed. However, the attorneys at Keating Law Offices were able to successfully defeat every argument raised by the insurance company. The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers were able to show that the motorist: 1) failed to keep a proper lookout and notice the bicyclist; 2) failed to yield to the bicyclist and 3) the injuries were severe. 

The first two points were secured by getting a statement of an independent witness to the case. The third point was secured by working with the bicyclist's orthopedic surgeon to provide a detailed report on the condition of the injured bicyclist's knee. It was a direct result of this thorough investigation that the case successfully resolved. The settlement is one of the largest reported settlements in the western part of Illinois for the injury sustained by the bicyclist in this case.

Keating Law Offices handles cases throughout Illinois. The firm also works along with co-counsel in other states on cases from bicycle-related accidents. 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.