In previous blogs, our Chicago car accident lawyers have discussed how bicyclists are too commonly victims in serious accidents caused by inattentive or negligent motorists, in addition to the steps drivers can take to avoid an accident with a bicyclist. Surprisingly, the tables were turned earlier this month when an unusual accident left a bicyclist at fault, according to Geneva police.
Geneva.patch.com states that the accident took place around 8:40am at the intersection of Batavia Avenue (Route 31) and Fargo Boulevard. A 46-year old woman of Geneva was riding her bike north along the east side of Batvia Avenue, south of Fargo Boulevard, while a 42-year old motorist, also of Geneva, was driving her car on Fargo Boulevard in the eastbound lane, approaching Batvia Avenue. The bicyclist then began crossing four lanes of traffic to turn left onto Fargo. The car proceeded to turn right and did not see the bicyclist approaching, resulting in a collision with the left side of the bicycle and the bicyclist flying to the ground.
The report states that the bicyclist sustained an abrasion on her left elbow, and no injuries to the motorist took place. According to police and witnesses, the bicyclist admitted that she cut the corner of the road prematurely, and as a result was issued a warning notice for an improper lane turn. Travel near the intersection of the accident was not affected.
From the perspective of an Illinois car accident lawyer, cars and trucks drivers are generally responsible for accidents with bicyclists because of the size and power of their vehicles, the disadvantage seeing small and swift cyclists, and driver negligence often playing a role. However, cyclists who do not maximize their visibility, recognize which streets or intersections are safe to ride in, fail to keep a proper lookout for other motorists, or simply fail to follow the rules of the road might be deemed responsible for an accident, as observed in the above report. Both motorists and bicyclists are advised to take the appropriate steps and safety precautions necessary to drive attentively and defensively, use proper judgment, and ultimately avoid accidents and collisions.
If you or a loved one has suffered from personal injury, medical expenses, or property damage as a result of a negligent motorist, please contact of team of Chicago accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti to learn about what rights and compensation may be available to you.