The longstanding question as to whether bicyclists are entitled to the same "right of way" protections as motor vehicles on public roadways in Illinois has finally been answered. On January 1, 2017, a new law went into effect that clarifies that bicyclists are entitled to all of the same rights in "right-of-way" traffic situations as the drivers of motor vehicles.
Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid in Naperville recently settled a DuPage County case for a victim of a vicious pit bull attack. Our client was walking her little Shi-Tzu dog along the sidewalk and minding her own business in the Village of Lisle when a pit bull inside a nearby house saw them, starting barking and then ran out an front unsecured door. The pit bull ran across the yard, through several feet of hedges, jumped up onto the sidewalk and clamped its jaws on our client's hand as she was lifting her Shit-Tzu off the ground for protection. The pit bull held its bite for over one minute and continued to bite and scratch our client and the Shi-Tzu until a Good Samaritan stopped their car to help.