The coronavirus pandemic has led to a drop in traffic, accompanied by an increase in pedestrians and bicyclists heading outdoors for socially distanced fresh air and exercise. Unfortunately, the empty roads have led to a rise in reckless driving behaviors like speeding.
A 37-year-old bicyclist recently died from his injuries after being hit by a car in Chicago, Illinois. Police said he was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled his death accidental.
Andrew Peterson was biking east on Taylor Street. Chicago police said a 27-year-old male driver hit the bicyclist close to a Dan Ryan Expressway ramp on the Near West Side. The driver, who was in a Volkswagen vehicle, remained at the scene of the bicycle accident. Police ticketed him for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
While bicycling should be a safe activity, driver negligence can lead to accidents that cause serious, even fatal, injuries. Speeding, driving under the influence or failing to yield are just some of the driver behaviors that can put bicyclists at risk. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Briskman Briskman & Greenberg to find out if you are eligible for compensation.