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Mathys & Schneid Secures $47,500 Settlement in Dooring Lawsuit

Daniel R. Chaidez of Mathys & Schneid recently obtained a $47,500 settlement for a client injured in a bicycle-car crash. The incident happened on July 11, 2015, when our client was riding his bicycle in Chicago and the driver of a parked car opened his door directly in front of the bicyclist. Our client hit the door and suffered a fractured collarbone, but luckily made a quick and full recovery.

The insurance company for the driver made an unreasonable offer for settlement before Mathys & Schneid filed a lawsuit against the driver on February 10, 2017. The lawsuit alleged 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. Throughout litigation, Mathys & Schneid vigorously protected the bicyclist and argued that car drivers are required to keep a lookout for bicyclists when operating their cars, and that bicyclists must be afforded the same protection and rights as car drivers.

The defense tried to blame the bicyclist throughout litigation, arguing that he should have anticipated the driver opening his door and that he had enough time to maneuver around the door after it opened. However, after depositions, the defense significantly increased the settlement offer and the matter was resolved.

Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continues to handle all types of bicycle and motor vehicle accidents throughout Chicagoland, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, and Kendall counties. If you or someone you know was injured in a crash, contact us today for a free consultation.

What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "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.

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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.

  • "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.

  • "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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