Many adults in Illinois can recall the days of their youth, when they used to ride their bikes everywhere they needed to go without worrying about getting hurt. Back then, there were fewer cars on the roads and probably less people and development as well. But today, kids who ride their bicycles face a higher level of danger than their parents and grandparents did.
One of these hazards claimed the life of a boy this week in Cook County. On Sunday afternoon about 3:30pm, a 10-year old boy was riding his bike along South 25th Avenue in the Chicago suburb of Broadview. When he was just north of Cermak road and Twentysix Street Woods, he was struck by a southbound car that was reportedly being driven by a 17-year old driver from nearby Brookfield. The boy was rushed to Loyola University Hospital in Maywood with crushed vertebrae, but he died a little over a day later. The exact cause of the auto-bicycle accident is still under investigation.
If the probe discovers that the boy somehow darted or crossed in front of the car, then the driver will likely not be held responsible for the auto accident. However, if it is revealed that the vehicle struck the bicyclist from behind or in front, then there’s a strong possibility that the teen will be found liable for the crash and the death of the boy. In the latter case, the parents of the 10-year old could elect to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Technically, the suit would be filed against the parents of the driver because the teen is a minor. If successful, the lawsuit could result in the plaintiffs collecting reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospital expenses, and burial costs that have been incurred by the family. A jury may also order to defendants to pay damages for pain and suffering as well as compensation for lost future wages.