Motorists must share the road with bicyclists.
That’s the mantra that is repeated to drivers all across Illinois, but especially in cities like Chicago. Since bicycles are not allowed on sidewalks and there aren’t always marked bike lanes on the roads, bikes and vehicles must use the same streets to get from one place to another. Unfortunately, when motorists and bicyclists collide, it’s obvious which one will bear the brunt of the accident.
Sadly, a Chicago bike accident claimed the life of a man on Halloween in Chicago. Around 10am on Wednesday morning, a man in his 50s was riding his bike in the Noble Square neighborhood of the city. He was riding west on Augusta Avenue about a quarter mile past the Kennedy Expressway when a truck came up alongside him. The westbound truck then attempted to make a right turn to go north on Ashland Boulevard. The truck struck the bicycle, and its rider died less than an hour later at Stroger Hospital. The truck’s driver, a 47-year old Indiana man, was issued a citation for making an improper right turn.
From the information given, it appears that the Indiana man river will be held solely responsible for the truck-bike accident. That means that the truck driver could be named as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the surviving family members of the victim. The news article does not say whether the truck driver was working and/or operating a company-owned vehicle at the time. But if he was, the man’s employer could also be named in the lawsuit.
This legal action could allow the plaintiffs to collect monetary damages for loss of care and companionship as well as mental anguish. In addition, a jury could award compensation for lost future wages that the victim would