On May 12, 2019, 7 year-old Lexi Hanson was struck by a pickup truck while riding her bicycle near Geneva Avenue and Courier Avenue in St. Charles. The alleged driver, 42 year-old Brian Quartuccio, fled the scene on foot before turning himself in the following day. Authorities charged Quartuccio with failing to report an accident with injury and driving with a revoked license, in addition to operating an uninsured vehicle and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
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.
Summer is the favorite riding season for many a bicyclist, especially during cooler times of the day. And for those bicyclists who try to commute to work no matter the weather and season, summer can bring a feast of new sights.
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.
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.
A bicycle-car crash in Glendale Heights, Illinois caused severe injuries to the bicyclist on January 12, 2016. The crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. at the 600 block of North Avenue near Glen Ellyn Road when the bicyclist, headed eastbound in the shoulder lane, was struck by a westbound 2006 Toyota van head-on.
A Lombard man was struck and killed by a vehicle while riding his bicycle at the intersection of Route 83 and 16th Street in Oak Brook, Illinois on November 8, 2015. Police say the man entered the intersection and was struck the vehicle, driven by a Westmont man in his 50s.
As the weather continues to get warmer, people are taking to the roads, sidewalks and bike paths to ride their bicycles. More Americans are cycling as a leisure activity, a mode of transportation or enjoyment of the outdoors. According to the NHTSA, from 2000 to 2012, the number of Americans traveling to work by bicycle increased from 488,000 to 786,000.
One particular traffic light has been the source of frustration for many drivers in Naperville. Specifically, a number of local residents may have wondered why they are required to wait to receive a "green arrow" when turning left at the intersection of Washington Street and Hobson Road. Local officials created this specific rule in order to protect bikers from car accidents caused by inattentive drivers.
A Skokie woman with a history of drug possession and other charges has been blamed for a fatal car accident that killed a child. Police say the 23-year-old driver was high on amphetamines and marijuana at the time of the May car crash.