Thursday, August 9, 2012

Chicago Bicyclist Hit By SUV Emerging From Alley To Receive Settlement

The driver of a SUV that emerged from a Chicago alley and struck a 42 year old male bicyclist has agreed to settle the claim against her for a substantial sum.  My law firm represents the injured bicyclist and negotiated the settlement.

The incident occurred at 4813 West Belle Plaine Avenue at around 8:45 p.m. on December 2, 2011.  On that evening, the bicyclist was riding his old mountain bike slowly on the sidewalk in the residential area on his way to a nearby Walgreens to pick up a video for family movie night.  His wife and two young daughters were waiting for his return at their nearby home.  As he typically did, the man rode with the family dog at his side.  When he got near Walgreens he exited the sidewalk and crossed into an alleyway.  Halfway across a pair of blazing headlights came rushing at him from his right.  The driver of a 2007 Volvo XC90, having just exited Walgreens' parking lot into the alley, was speeding through the alley and did not see the man on his bike with a dog in front of her.  A resident of a building adjacent to the alley saw the headlights speed by her window before hearing a loud, sickening thud.  Fearing that one of the children that live in her building may have been hit, she rushed outside.  She found the bicycle under the front grill of the Volvo and its rider down on the pavement.  The dog was excited but okay.

The bicyclist sustained a serious right shoulder injury requiring surgery.  He continues to undergo painful and exhausting physical therapy.  His future is uncertain.  The matter resolved for the full amount of all applicable insurance.

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