Drivers in Illinois are required to yield when bicyclists have the right of way. Bicycle riders are extremely vulnerable because they have no protection, and it is not uncommon for a bicycle accident victim to suffer severe injuries or even death. While most drivers are aware of other vehicular traffic when they want to turn at intersections, some fail to keep a proper lookout for cyclists.
In a claim that was recently filed in a Chicago civil court, a cyclist alleges that a driver who happens to work for the Chicago Fire Department caused an accident that resulted in severe personal injury and property damage. Although the fire department is also listed as a defendant, it is unclear whether the driver was on duty or whether he was driving a vehicle belonging to the fire department when the accident occurred. The plaintiff asserts that she was riding her bicycle in a lane designated for cycles when the man allegedly turned without yielding. She claims that the defendant made an unsafe right turn without signaling his intention to do so. Furthermore, she claims that he failed to stop or reduce speed in order to avoid knocking her down.