Thursday, May 23, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A 51 year old man was struck by a car while riding his bicycle at the intersection of North Sacramento Avenue and West Lawrence Avenue in Chicago on May 7th. The heavy collision left the cyclist with injuries to his right leg and head.
The collision occurred at around 7:20 p.m. The bicyclist was riding his cruiser bicycle at a slow rate of speed south on Sacramento. He entered the intersection with Lawrence as the light controlling southbound traffic was turning from green to yellow. Before he made it completely through the intersection the light turned to red. At the same time, in an attempt to perhaps get a jump on the light, a young driver in a 2011 Kia Optima passed another vehicle waiting at the light on eastbound Lawrence on the right. Emerging from the right side of the other vehicle, he crashed into the cyclist. A witness, stopped in his own vehicle on westbound Lawrence, said that the Kia was in the process of accelerating through the intersection when the crash took place. Photographs taken at the scene of the vehicle involved revealed that the driver's seat was reclined nearly all the way back when the collision occurred. Questions exist as to whether the driver's seat position made it difficult for him to see as he emerged into the intersection.
The cyclist remains in physical therapy treatment due to his injuries.
My law firm has been retained to represent the bicyclist.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Anne Alt, president of the Chicago Cycling Club, takes us on a tour of the Dearborn Bike Lane in the middle of a busy work day. (Courtesy of The Chicago Tribune). I agree with Anne's take on its importance in encouraging new, "non-aggressive" riders to bike downtown. There is also no doubt that enforcement of those driving and parking in the bike lane needs to be stepped up.
(Disclosure: I am a member of the Chicago Cycling Club's steering committee.)
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
On a day when bicyclists around the world will honor fellow cyclists killed by drivers, the Chicago area is mourning the death of two cyclists. A woman in her 30s and an 83 year old man were killed in separate incidents about 12 hours apart yesterday. Both were riding their bikes when they were struck by motorists.
At around 9:00 a.m. yesterday the woman, whose name has not been reported, was struck and killed "crossing Higgins Road at the exit ramp from northbound Route 53" in Schaumburg, according to the Daily Herald. The Herald reported that according to Illinois State Police "witnesses differed as to whether the driver had exited the ramp and turned east or had been driving on Higgins" at the time of the crash. The intersection is close to the Busse Woods Bicycle Trail.
Leonard Ratajczyk, 83, was struck and killed at around 9:10 p.m. by the driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu as he rode his bicycle in the 7800 block of West Irving Park Road, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. Both cyclist and driver were traveling westbound at the time of the crash, the Sun-Times reported. The driver was cited for "for failure to reduce speed."
Tonight is the 10th Edition of The Ride of Silence. Started in 2003, the event, which takes place at locations all around the world, consists of a slow remembrance ride in honor of bicyclists killed and injured by motorists. Chicago's edition begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Richard J. Daley Center. The ride will depart at 6:45 p.m. and proceed about 8 miles past the several ghost bikes installed around the city. All are encouraged to attend.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Lots of folks - well meaning and otherwise - claim to be watching out for the best interests of city cyclists. At the end of the day, if we truly are the "community" we often claim to be, it is up to each of us to watch the backs of our fellow bicyclists. Our infrastructure in Chicago is changing. The law is changing. Through all of that, and whatever is to come, let us remember that, corny as it sounds, if you pedal on two wheels you are my brother/sister.
The following column originally appeared as part of my column on the Urban Velo website, Cycling Legalese.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The left cross inflicted serious damage, a fractured nose, broken tooth and facial scaring on the young woman's face. It wasn't a thrown punch that caused the injuries but the careless maneuver of a left turning driver. Now my firm has successfully resolved the cyclist's claim against the driver for a substantial sum, compensating for her medical bills, the dental work she still needs and for her other harms and losses.
At around 5:00 p.m. on January 16th the 20 year old photography student was struck by a 74 year old driver who was attempting to turn left from northbound Lincoln onto westbound Barry in Lakeview. He claimed to have not seen the cyclist, but we were able to demonstrate that she would have been easily visible. The collision occurred during early twilight and there was plenty of natural light left as photos taken at the scene revealed. The front corner of the vehicle hit the left side of the bicycle flipping the rider onto the hood where her face bounced off of the cold metal before she was thrown to the street. She was rushed via ambulance to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center nearby. Though treated and released, she continues to undergo dental care for a badly damaged tooth. She still has small scars under her lip and nose from the crash.
Friday, May 3, 2013
A 34 year old female bicyclist was killed by a driver in Lake Villa yesterday, according to The Chicago Tribune. It had been her birthday.
The fatal crash occurred at around 2:15 p.m. as the cyclist, Anna Harvey, was riding southbound on Route 45, north of Grand Avenue. A 2000 Toyota Camry, also traveling south on Route 45, struck her, according to the Tribune. Ms. Harvey was pronounced dead at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville some time later.
Few details have been reported regarding how the collision happened. As of yesterday evening no charges had been filled against the driver, though "the accident remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff's Office accident investigation unit," the Tribune reported.