She was pedaling in the dedicated bicycle lane on Damen Avenue in Bucktown when the door sprang open in front of her. There was nothing she could do to avoid the inevitable.
The 27 year old female bicyclist was riding to work southbound on Damen Avenue a few feet north of Cortland Street on August 2nd when the passenger of a taxi stopped in the middle of the road threw the door open in her path. The crash occurred at around 10:30 a.m. on a warm and sunny Saturday. The impact was heavy enough to crack the steel of her bicycle's frame. She was sent hurling to the ground and was left, according to one witness, screaming in pain. The crash occurring directly across the street from a firehouse, the cyclist was quickly whisked away to Resurrection St. Mary's Medical Center for treatment.
My law firm has been retained to represent the bicyclist. The driver of the taxi, by stopping in the middle of the road to discharge a passenger into a clearly marked bike lane, violated good sense and City of Chicago Public Chauffeurs Rule 5.18 which requires that taxi drivers, "when discharging passengers, shall do so in a safe and legal manner. . . [and] shall discharge passengers curbside."