A 23-year-old woman died recently when an ice cream hit her while she was riding her bike, reports The Chicago Tribune. The woman was a mother of three children, ages five, three, and one, respectively. She was hit while crossing a busy intersection the South Side of Chicago. Judging by the severity of her injuries, her family remarked that the 23-year-old had to have been hit with significant impact. Injuries included severe bruising across her entire body.
The driver of the ice cream truck has quite a patchy history when it comes to traffic violations. Illinois Secretary of State’s records show that the driver received tickets in 2001, 2009, and 2010, as well as having had her license suspended at least once for failure to carry auto insurance. In this incident, the driver has been cited for “driving while license suspended or revoked; operating a vehicle without insurance; violating restrictions on her driver’s license; driving an unsafe vehicle.”
The family of the deceased is understandably upset. Our Chicago bike accident attorneys recognize the hard time families can have coping with their losses. This is especially true when the family sees all the damage done to their loved one before they pass away, as was true in this case. Even worse, the woman’s family lost another family member, who was killed by a drunk driver in an accident, only five years ago. The family is seeking answers, and hopefully they will be resolved soon. The case will be in traffic court in early September.
As our Chicago bicycle accident lawyers understand it, there is unlikely to be a suit filed on behalf of the woman. The woman biked straight into the side of a truck in a busy intersection, and it is unclear whether the driver of the ice cream truck is at fault, at least according to police records. However, the truck driver definitely was negligent in other regards, considering the citations she received.
Unfortunately, the woman in this case falls on the rare side of the statistics. According to Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s northeastern Illinois statistics, nearly 3,000 bikers were in an accident with an automobile in 2010. Only 17 of these bicycle accidents were fatal. Of the 3,000 total accidents in the region, more than half came from Chicago alone, a fact likely due to the sheer population size of Chicago. Suburban Cook County had the second highest number of accidents, and also had the most bicycle rider fatalities. The safest county in the region is Kendall County, which had a total of 9 accidents and zero fatalities in 2010.
The reality of the situation is the cyclists are at risk, especially in more heavily populated areas like Chicago. Someone you know or love may get injured or killed as a result of a driver’s negligence. If this is the case, you can contact our team of dedicated Chicago bike accident lawyers to find out what rights may be available to you.