It was one of those moments where faith that a fellow human would act attentively was tragically repudiated.
On August 17th a 26 year old female bicyclist riding northbound in the shared bike lane on North Milwaukee Avenue trusted that the man who stepped into the bike lane in front of her would not just open his car door into her. It was just before 5:00 p.m. She was on her way home from work on that clear and sunny late afternoon. There was no reason to believe that the man would not see her coming on her old mountain bike. Nevertheless, no newbie to city cycling, the woman slowed and moved to her left to avoid the man standing next to his Toyota Corolla. But just as she passed him he suddenly threw his car door open striking the the woman and her bike. The impact sent her hurling into the street in the 2500 block of North Milwaukee Avenue.
She was at first unable to move. Her entire left side was in searing pain and her head hurt. She was wearing a helmet but sustained a head injury. A city ambulance rushed her to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where a brain CT demonstrated evidence of a concussion. She was admitted to the hospital, not to be released until the following day. She continues to receive medical treatment.
My law firm has been hired to represent the bicyclist.