On August 14, 2018, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a new law that changed texting-while-driving citations to moving violations, even if the driver is a first-time offender. This change will go into effect on July 1, 2019. Currently, first-time offenders would only receive a non-moving violation.
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.
If you were sold "full coverage" car insurance, you might think that you'll be completely covered if you're involved in a car accident. However, "full coverage" car insurance might not actually cover what you think it does.
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.
If you were involved in a slip/trip-and-fall, car accident or other incident where you might be partially at fault, Illinois laws say you may still be able to receive fair compensation for your injuries. Since the details of every case are different, please contact an attorney at Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid to discuss your case and learn about your recovery options.