Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Chicago Cyclist Andrew Peterson Killed In Collision In South Loop

600 West Taylor Street - Intersection of Taylor and Jefferson in Chicago, Illinois
Chicago bicyclist Andrew Peterson has passed away as a result of injuries sustained when he was struck by a motor vehicle while bicycling in Chicago's South Loop.  News outlets are reporting that the bicyclist was struck on Wednesday as he was riding his bicycle eastbound in the 600 block of West Taylor Street in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago at around 7:45 a.m. The motorist was traveling northbound on Jefferson Street and the collision occurred in the intersection of Taylor Street and Jefferson Street. 
This is often a very congested intersection as the Dan Ryan Expressway (90/94) is just west of the intersection and there are many retail stores and restaurants just to the south along Roosevelt Road. Chicago's famed "Little Italy" is anchored by Taylor Street just west of the Dan Ryan Expressway. The University of Illinois - Chicago's campus also overlaps Taylor Street just west of the Dan Ryan Expressway. 
Traffic Ticket Issued For "Failure to Reduce Speed"
The motorist was reportedly issued a traffic citation for failure to reduce speed and now faces these charges as a result of the collision. Section 11-601 of the Illinois Vehicle Code requires all motorists to reduce speed as they approach an intersection. Additionally, Section 11-1003.1 of the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code states that every driver of a vehicle must 1) always exercise care to avoid colliding with a bicyclist, and 2) sound their horn to provide warning of an impending impact. The precise language of the statute as it applies to this bicycle crash is as follows:
Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian, or any person operating a bicycle or other device propelled by human power and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary. 

Beyond the rules of the road, it is a well known driving principle to "check both ways" and keep a proper lookout for other vehicles - including bicycles - when entering into traffic. There are no news reports regarding whether any additional charges may be forthcoming. All fatal traffic collisions as well as those involving serious bodily injury are subject to an investigation by the City of Chicago's Major Accidents Investigation Unit (MAIU) which will perform a detailed investigation into all of the factors that led to the fatal crash.

This tragic collision could also be the bases of a civil case brought by the family of Andrew Peterson. Under Illinois law, the family of a person who dies as a result of alleged negligence can bring a case under the Wrongful Death Act and the Survival Act. The Wrongful Death Act allows the family to make a claim for the loss of the family member and everything that family member provided to them, including the loss of their presence in their lives. Under the Survival Act the family may make a claim for the material losses such as medical bills and the pain and suffering the family member experienced prior to their death.

Outside of the law, anytime a person's life is lost as the result of a collision of this nature, it is a great loss and tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Andrew Peterson.

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