Thursday, January 16, 2014

Chicago Bicyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run Crash on Goose Island

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have been retained to represent a Chicago bicyclist who was injured in a hit-and-run on the near west side of Chicago.  The bicyclist was travelling eastbound down Division Street when an unknown black sedan struck him from behind, causing him to crash onto the pavement. The operator of the motor vehicle never stopped and instead, proceeded to drive on. The police report from the Chicago Police Department accurately identifies the accident as a hit and run. According to the City of Chicago’s Bicycle Crash Analysis, 25% of all bicycle crashes in 2012 were classified as hit-and-runs.

The bicyclist sustained severe injuries in the collision and was immediately transported to the emergency room in an ambulance as he was experiencing significant pain in his right elbow, knee and had sustained a very deep laceration. At the hospital, the bicyclist was diagnosed with an elbow fracture and had to undergo surgery. He is now receiving extensive follow-up care.

Once again, this collision also signifies the important of having Uninsured Motorist Insurance Coverage like this rider did. Many injured bicyclists do not realize that if they are hurt as the result the negligent actions of another driver -- and that driver is uninsured, underinsured, or never identified (as is often the case in a hit-and-run collision) -- they may be able to obtain financial compensation for their injuries from their own insurance provider. Even though all drivers in Illinois must legally have car insurance, there are many people who are willing to break that law and forgo this requirement. Time and again, uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage has proven to be a vital protection for injured bicyclists -- the true victims who lose when drivers risk being on the road with no or insufficient insurance.

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.