Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lawsuit Filed in Hit-and-Run "Right Hook" Case

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County against the owners of an SUV involved in a hit-and-run on Chicago's North Side. The bicyclist injured in the bicycle accident was riding along Racine Avenue near its intersection with Diversey. At the same time, the SUV was traveling alongside the bicyclist and made a right turn immediately into the path of the bicyclist causing a bicycle crash. This is known as a "right hook" bicycle accident.The bicyclist suffered a torn rotator cuff which required extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.

The driver of the SUV then fled the scene. However, the bicyclist was able to get a license plate and give that information to the Chicago Police Department who tracked down the owners of the SUV. The bicyclist's quick thinking in this case gave the police and then his attorney and opportunity to pursue justice. It is a reminder to ALWAYS get a license plate, make and model of vehicle, name of driver (if possible), insurance information, phone numbers, and any other information possible. At a minimum, snap a picture of the license plate of the vehicle's license plate with your cellphone camera.

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.