Wednesday, December 14, 2011

U.S. Postal Service Semi Crushes UIC Student's Foot

Courtesy ABC News
A United States Postal Service semi trailer ran over and crushed the foot of a 22 year old female bicyclist on July 13, 2011.  My law firm is representing the injured bicyclist, a student at the University of Illinois Chicago.  The incident occurred at around 6:15 p.m. on a pleasant summer evening at the intersection of West Taylor Street and the 90/94 westbound entrance ramp.  The bicyclist was riding along the right side of the roadway on westbound Taylor Street one her way home from the lake front's 12th Street Beach.  The postal truck was also traveling westbound.  The cyclist saw the truck put on its right turn signal so she came to a stop along the curb.  As she stood there, the truck made an exceptionally sharp right turn, the tires of the rear bed actually coming up onto the curb.  At the same time, a part of the truck bed grasped a part of the bike, dragging it and the rider around to the right several feet.  When the bicyclist came unattached from the truck its wheels ran over her left foot, crushing it.  The bicyclist was rushed via ambulance to the nearby UIC Medical Center.

My firm will be pursuing legal action against the USPS via the Federal Tort Claims Act, filing the necessary Form 95 as quickly as possible.

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