Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chicago Bicyclist Injured By Commercial Truck Driver Receives $75,000.00 Settlement

The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices have settled a substantial personal injury claim of $75,000.00 on behalf of a bicyclist injured in 2014. The crash occurred when the bicyclist, an 18-year-old student, was riding his bicycle southbound in the designated bicycle lane on Halsted Street, approaching its intersection with Division Street. At the same time the driver of a commercial van erratically swerved into the bicycle lane and into the bicyclist’s path. The driver of the van illegally struck the bicycle by sideswiping him. The force of this collision forced the young man off his bike and as result he suffered a fractured wrist and lacerations to his scalp.

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

This bicyclist’s injuries were so serious that an ambulance was called to the scene to evaluate him and transport him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The emergency medical technicians ordered x-rays which revealed a fracture of the ulnar styloid process. In addition, the emergency room physicians applied three surgical staples to address the lacerations to the bicyclist’s skull. Upon leaving the hospital this bicyclist knew he needed help and reached out to the Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices. Attorney Mike Keating aggressively pursued this young man’s claim and were able to recover a settlement of $75,000.00 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 young man and his family for his medical bills, time away from school and 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 9-40-060 of the Chicago Municipal Code states that:

“The driver of a vehicle shall not drive, unless entering or exiting a legal parking space, or stand, or park the vehicle upon any on street path or lane designated by official signs or markings for the use of bicycles, or otherwise drive or place the vehicle in such a manner as to impede bicycle traffic on such path or lane.”
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 wrist and lacerations to his skull 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 Keating Law Offices at 312-239-6787. 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.