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Mathys & Schneid Files Dooring Lawsuit in Chicago

On February 10, 2017, Mathys & Schneid filed a lawsuit in Cook County on behalf of a bicyclist against a driver who opened his car door directly into a bike lane and in front of our client, causing a collision with the door. The crash occurred on Kedzie Avenue and Montrose Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois on July 11, 2015. The lawsuit alleges that the car driver was negligent when he opened his door into traffic when it wasn't safe, didn't keep a lookout for cars or bicycles, and didn't warn traffic that he was about to open his door. The lawsuit also alleges that the resulting crash caused our client serious injuries, including a fractured clavicle, with a long recovery.

Car drivers have a duty to keep a lookout for bicyclists while operating their cars and opening their car doors. If a car driver's actions cause an injury to a bicyclist, the car driver may be responsible for the injuries. If you were injured in a bicycle-car crash, please contact an attorney immediately to see if you can recover for your injuries.

Illinois recognizes that bicyclists need the same laws and protections afforded to car drivers, and that protections continues to evolve. This year, an Illinois law went into effect clarifying that bicyclists have the same "right-of-way" protections car drivers do while on the road. For more information on the history of the law, please see our blog post on Dennis's Law.

  1. "Committed To My Cause"

    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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