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Bicycle accident leads to claim against fire department driver

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.

How to recover unexpected medical expenses after a car accident

It is not uncommon for drivers in Illinois to find all kinds of distractions while on the road. In addition to the apparent need of some to operate mobile devices while driving, the development and construction sites along the way provide a constant distraction. Unfortunately, it only takes a split second in lack of concentration to cause a car accident with devastating consequences.

The fast pace of modern life may also be to blame for many accidents. Traveling at high rates of speed, rushing through intersections to beat red lights and lack of patience to yield before turning left may contribute significantly to the high numbers of injury accidents on our roads. Injured victims of such accidents typically experience anxiety and often have many questions related to the financial impact of the accident.

Driver arrested re alleged hit-and-run car accident in Illinois

Walking along Illinois roads may prove to be extremely dangerous. The parents of a teenager who was only 16 years old have to face a future without their son after a tragic hit-and-run car accident on a recent Tuesday evening. While it is not uncommon for hit-and-run drivers to remain unknown for long periods, the efficiency of authorities in this case saw the alleged perpetrator behind bars in no time.

It was reported that three teenagers were walking along Edwardsville Road in Granite City when a car came up from behind and smashed into two of them. The driver apparently failed to stop at the accident scene and continued on his way. The one teen suffered injuries to his leg, but his friend who was by his side was killed on impact.

Police search for pickup driver after hit-and-run car accident

The father of an Illinois university student resorted to Facebook to urge an alleged hit-and-run driver to come forward. It is not uncommon for a victim of a hit-and-run car accident -- and his or her loved ones -- to have many unanswered questions in the aftermath of such an accident. It is difficult to understand how a driver could just continue driving after knocking down a pedestrian.

The deputy chief of the Charleston Police reported that the hit-and-run accident occurred on a recent Sunday afternoon. The accident report states that the student was struck by a pickup truck as she crossed the street. The victim suffered a severe concussion and was taken to the hospital by helicopter. Although she was soon discharged to recover at home, such injuries could have long lasting and even life-altering consequences.

Illinois city considering solution after another bicycle accident

Illinois residents may share the concerns of residents of Bloomington over the number of serious accidents between cars and bicycles. After a recent bicycle accident -- the second within a month -- the cycling community wants to make sure the city follows through on proposed plans to build cycling lanes. The city is reported to be finalizing its master plan for cycling lanes.

Although plans have been approved to extend existing paths in a specific area, cyclists are asking for the expansion of cycling lanes in several areas. Motorists and cyclists have to abide by similar rules of the road. However, the number of accidents between cars and bicycles is thought to be much too high. It is felt that an extended network of cycling lanes may bring about a significant reduction in accidents. The vulnerability of bicycle riders who have very little protection -- other than helmets -- often lead to severe injuries and even death when struck by vehicles.

Motorcycle accident more likely to result in death than car crash

According to studies by the federal government, 30 times more motorcyclists died than motorists in 2009 -- when calculated per traveled mile. There are significant numbers of motorcycles traveling on Illinois roads, and there are many reasons why people prefer this mode of transport. The fun and sense of freedom, along with lower transportation costs contribute to their popularity. Motorcycles with enhanced performance capabilities may encourage quick acceleration, risky maneuvers and excessive speed that could result in a motorcycle accident.

While the steering and braking systems of cars often allow for safe movement during emergency situations, motorcycles are not as stable, and riders often fail to control their motorcycles when emergency braking or swerving is required. The risk of death is significant in any motorcycle accident, as a rider -- or passenger -- usually bears the brunt of the impact with their bodies, even if a high rate of speed was not a factor. Understandably, being a passenger on a motorcycle is just as dangerous as being the driver -- if not more so.

Driver receives 7-year sentence after drunk driving accident

One often wonders whether intoxicated drivers realize how their actions impact the lives of victims of car accidents caused by drunk driving. It is not uncommon for individuals who were involved in a drunk driving accident to suffer life-altering injuries, or worse. After the recent sentencing of a driver who pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI charges, the Illinois victim said that while she was satisfied that justice prevailed, it does not improve her condition that was caused by the accident.

The police accident report stated that on the evening of April 16, the victim left her business and proceeded to her vehicle that was parked in the street in front of the building, directly opposite the police station. A witness reportedly saw a minivan stopping and a passenger emerging. He was seen pulling off, smashing into a car that was parked and backing up, striking the victim and her car. Upon hearing the crash, police came out of the police station to see the minivan speeding off.

Filing a claim after a car accident injury may be intimidating

It is not uncommon for victims of Illinois car accidents to suffer severe, and even debilitating injuries. While dealing with the realization that your injuries may affect the remainder of your life, there are likely other concerns that could exacerbate the stress levels. In addition to concerns about medical expenses and financial obligations, such as mortgage or rent, while you are unable to work due to your car accident injury, there may be questions about your eligibility for health and car insurance coverage.

A large number of car accidents result from negligent driving, and regardless of the care you take to be vigilant, other drivers may be distracted by their surroundings or mobile devices. Whether your injuries were caused by a distracted motorist, a speeding driver or a person driving under the influence, negligence will have to be evident if you want to pursue recovery of damages. How do you obtain the necessary evidence while fighting for your life?

Record Illinois settlement -- 3 years after bicycle accident

Illinois residents may remember the horrific accident in Nov. 2011 when a 28,000-pound semi trailer knocked down a bicyclist on the streets of Chicago and rode over her. While the lawsuit against the truck driver and the owner the truck was scheduled for trial later this year, a settlement was recently reached. It was reported that the $9.75 million settlement is the highest in the state’s history of settlements or verdicts reached in a bicycle accident case.

Now, three years after suffering dreadful life-threatening injuries, the avid cyclist and fitness instructor is continuing on the road to recovery, anticipating the moment she can live a normal life again. In sharing her story, she says that she was approaching a busy intersection when a large tractor-trailer went by and made a right turn. The police accident report stated that the cyclist was knocked down by the rear tire on the right, and she was dragged along underneath the trailer. Medical evidence shows that the wheel went over her body, resulting in severe pelvic trauma.

How does the court determine liability in a bicycle accident?

It is not uncommon for accidents involving bicycles and automobiles to result in severe injuries or even fatalities. This is mainly due to cyclists having no protection other than a helmet — which often may not be worn. Knowing the potential risks, cyclists, and also drivers, have a responsibility to be observant of all the rules related to road safety. Both cyclists and the drivers of vehicles are obliged to obey Illinois traffic laws and take reasonable care for their own safety and also the safety of other road users. A bicycle accident commonly results in substantial claims for recovery of damages; however, liability usually depends on whether negligence was involved.

In a lawsuit filed after an accident between a bicycle and automobile, the court will mainly consider the level of negligence of each party. It will question whether the driver of the car was negligent or reckless, and also whether the cyclist rode his or her bicycle in a negligent manner. If negligence is found on the part of either party, the court will have to determine whether the recklessness or negligence contributed to the accident that brought about the injuries.

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