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Jury Awards $1.2 Million to Family of 13-Year-Old Cyclist Killed By Ambulance

Today, a Pope County jury officially awarded $1.2 million in compensation to the family of a 13-year-old boy who was killed while cycling in 2007. According to reports, the boy was riding his bike near Golconda and was passing through an intersection when he collided with a Mercy Regional Emergency Medical Service ambulance. The attorney for the plaintiff argued that the emergency vehicle had been traveling over the speed limit at the time of the accident, despite the fact that it was neither carrying a patient, nor responding to an emergency, and added that the driver had failed to exercise proper caution in order to avoid the collision. A judge approved the verdict last week, settling the trial, which has spanned some 7 years. (The Chicago Sun Times; The Associated Press)

Unfortunately, while traffic accident injury statistics show that the United States’ roads are getting safer and safer, the numbers for pedal cyclists tell a different story. Last year, nearly 800 cyclists were killed, and another 50,000 were seriously injured in bicycle accidents, representing a 6% jump in annual fatalities. The reality is that many of the injuries that result from these types of accidents are debilitating and life altering, such as traumatic head and neck injuries, nerve damage, paralysis, or even the loss of a limb. This can leave victims relegated to a hospital bed for months at a time waiting to recover, and in roughly 2/3rd of all motor vehicle injuries, at least some portion of the injury proves permanent. This is why it is essential to retain an attorney who can get results.

At Levin & Perconti, our lawyers are proud to represent injury victims throughout the City of Chicago and the greater state of Illinois. Together, our legal team brings more than 130 years of experience to the table in each case we handle, and this diverse and intimate knowledge of personal injury law is one of the main reasons why our firm consistently achieves the best possible outcomes for our clients. We’ve represented young children and their families, as well as many people who have suffered personal injuries due to car, pedestrian and bicycle accidents.

In one such case our attorneys represented a 5-year-old boy who was run over by a City of Chicago Fire Department truck while playing near the street during the Fourth of July. The accident resulted in the loss of his leg and half of his pelvis, and placed the boy’s family under enormous pressure to pay mounting medical bills and rehabilitation expenses. Our firm was able to recover a $10 million settlement for our client, enabling the family to focus on their son’s recovery rather than their economic burden.

We believe that a person should never have to bear the financial burden of someone else’s negligence. If you have experienced been injured, or you are the survivor of a loved one who lost their life due to another party’s recklessness, call us now to see what we can do to help you.