A Chicago bicyclist was injured on July 15th when he violently collided with a car while riding on the Lakefront Bike Path (LBP) where the trail crosses West Wilson Avenue. Our law firm has been retained to represent him in his claim against the driver who failed to yield to bicycle traffic. Our client was riding southbound on his Schwinn road bike along the LBP at the time of the collision. As he rode the path across Wilson Avenue he slowed his pace and looked around for moving vehicles. Bicyclists, in-line skaters and others who typically use the path are not required to stop before crossing the road. However, eastbound and westbound traffic is controlled by stop signs. Visibility is excellent and drivers would have no reason not to see cyclists using the bike path. The incident occurred at around 6:15 p.m. on a beautiful, sunny evening. As the cyclist peddled across the road, the driver suddenly pulled in front of him, seeming to ignore the stop sign. Though he immediately grabbed his brakes, our client was not able to avoid the vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Corolla, and was thrown onto the car's windshield then onto the street on which he struck his head and shattered his hand. Fortunately, he was wearing a helmet.
The bicyclist was taken from the scene via ambulance to Advocate Illinois Mason Medical Center, a level one trauma center, where he was admitted and received treatment. He is currently expected to require several months of healing and rehabilitation. We are, of course, taking this matter very seriously and will aggressively pursue the at fault driver and make sure she is held accountable.