In Chicago, many people get around the city via bicycle. Not only is it a good way to exercise, but it saves money and is a positive for the environment. Despite that, there are inherent risks with the practice. Although most drivers of passenger vehicles, SUVs, buses and trucks will keep a close eye out for riders, adhere to the law to share the road and operate safely, accidents happen. Unfortunately for some riders, drivers will be distracted, reckless, under the influence, drowsy and ignore the law. If a bicyclist is hit, it can lead to serious injuries and death.
A recent accident between a car and a bicycle led to the rider suffering fatal injuries. The accident occurred in the morning at approximately 7:25 a.m. The 37-year-old male rider was heading eastbound when a Volkswagen going north hit him at the intersection. The bicyclist died shortly after the crash. The male driver of the Volkswagen, 27, received a citation for failure to reduce speed. The medical examiner determined that the injuries he suffered in the crash caused his death.
Few things in life are as traumatic as the unexpected death of a loved one. If it happens because of the negligence of another, it is especially challenging. Bicyclists are notoriously vulnerable to broken bones, head injuries, spinal cord damage and internal injuries. Any one of these issues or a combination can be fatal. Even if they are following all the safety rules and wearing protective gear, it will do little to shield them when they are hit by a speeding car.
Medical costs, lost companionship, lost income and the emotional impact from a bicycle crash can have long-lasting effects on the family. While a legal filing will not be foremost on a person’s mind after an accident, it is imperative to think about the future. A lawsuit might be needed to receive sufficient compensation. Consulting with an experienced law firm may be key to a successful case. People who have lost a loved one in a wrongful death case should know they have a caring and friendly advocate on their side. To ensure that a person’s rights are fully protected after being injured in a crash and to assist a grieving family after losing a loved one, calling for legal help is the first step.