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.