Monday, August 20, 2012

North Side Bicyclist Doored By Delivery Truck Driver

A 27 year old female bicyclist was doored by a driver who had parked his delivery truck along the curb in front of a 7-Eleven store at 2403 North Milwaukee Avenue on August 15th.  The bicyclist was riding her five speed vintage Schwinn home after spending a fun night working on her bike with a friend at West Town Bike's Women & Trans' Night.  The incident occurred just after 11 p.m. as she pedaled in the shared bicycle lane on Milwaukee Avenue.  She was wearing a helmet adorned with reflective tape.  Her bicycle was equipped with a light and reflectors.  The 7-Eleven is just north of West Fullerton Avenue's intersection with Milwaukee.  The woman rode through the intersection on a green light.  As she did she was aware of two cars traveling north on her left, and another cyclist behind her.  As she reached the north end of the intersection she saw the International delivery truck in front of her along the right curb.  As she passed the left side of the truck its driver's side door was suddenly flung open hitting her in the face.

The startling impact threw her to the ground.  Aware of the motor vehicles in close proximity she immediately scrambled out of the way narrowly avoiding being run down.  Seconds later, after getting out of the street, she felt the onrush of pain to her right arm, shoulder and the right side of her face.  She was taken via ambulance to Resurrection St. Mary's Medical Center nearby.

My law firm has been retained to represent the bicyclist.

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