Monday, March 31, 2014

Chicago Bicyclist Critically Injured in Left-Hook Collision on Northwest Side

News outlets are reporting that a Chicago bicyclist was critically injured in a "left hook" collision at the intersection of West Addison Street and North Milwaukee Avenue on Chicago's Northwest Side. The collision occurred late Sunday night when the bicyclist was struck by an SUV as the vehicle made a left turn from the northbound lane of Milwaukee.

According to reports, the driver of the SUV was cited for failure to yield the right-of-way. Both Addison and Milwaukee are dedicated bike routes at this location. While there are not painted lines designating a bike lane, signage at the location clearly marks the area as a place where bicycles are regularly a part of traffic patterns.

The Illinois Vehicle Code and the Chicago Municipal Code both require vehicle to yield the right of way when making a left-hand turn across oncoming traffic. While not motorized, under the law a bicycle is a vehicle and is considered oncoming traffic that a vehicle is required to yield to when making a left-hand turn.

If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, 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.