Early Sunday morning on July 30, a woman was standing on the bike lanes near the University of Illinois, close to her parked car. She was fatally struck by a vehicle as it was driving on the bike lanes. It is reported that the 41-year-old woman was in the process of getting out of her own parked car when a moving vehicle hit her at around 1.30 a.m.
The impact was enough to cause a fatality, and damaged at least three surrounding cars. Loved ones of the victim have stated that the driver was speeding, however the victim’s cousin said that alcohol consumption was not known to be a factor. They also stated that Roosevelt Road near Racine, where the incident took place, was not prone to traffic incidents, however, it could occasionally get busy. The victim was just moments from her front door when the incident took place.
A 22-year-old was behind the wheel of the car involved. He or she has been cited by the police as responsible for negligent driving and hitting a pedestrian. Driver negligence is defined as a situation when a person driving a vehicle has failed to exercise the appropriate amount of care and responsibility that is expected in the situation. This could be relating to speeding above the limit, using of a phone while driving or failing to fully assess the surroundings when driving, and as a consequence, causing a crash.
If you have lost a loved one in a car vs pedestrian accident or if you have been injured in that type of crash, you have rights. You can seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and more. An attorney can help you understand how to move forward with such a claim.
Source: CBS Chicago, “Woman in bike lanes fatally struck by car near UIC,” July 30, 2017