A 24 year old bicyclist was struck by a motorist on Pearson Street in Des Plaines on November 9th sustaining a head injury and multiple cuts and contusions. The crash occurred at around 7:45 a.m. just south of Pearson's intersection with Miner Street. The cyclist was riding near the left side of southbound Pearson Street in anticipation of making a left turn on Ellinwood Avenue. Illinois law permits cyclists to ride along the left side of a roadway when preparing to turn left. (625 ILCS 5/1505) He was riding behind a bus which was also signaling to turn left. As the cyclist followed the bus a 2004 Toyota Corolla, also traveling south, suddenly appeared to his left and crashed into him. The intent of the motorist is not yet clear. The impact threw the cyclist to the ground where he struck his head. He was wearing a helmet.
The bicyclist received medical treatment at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. He continues to experience pain and pressure, especially on the left side of his head. An unusual sense of drowsiness and poor balance have plagued him since the incident. It is not yet known whether his injuries are permanent. Our law firm is representing the bicyclist.