Our attorneys often remind readers about the importance of respecting emergency responders and protecting their safety. It is all too often that we read about emergency responders who are injured or killed while putting their own lives on the line to save others. However, with that being said, safety always goes both ways. Just as we are to be vigilant of and respectful of emergency responders on the job, these workers need to maintain a sense of awareness not only to the emergency they are attending to but to the rest of their surroundings. In this way, we can prevent further accidents and injuries.
According to an article by the Sun Times, a Pope County jury awarded $1.2 million to the family of a teenager who was killed by an ambulance while riding his bike. In 2007, the teenage boy was bicycling near Golconda but failed to stop at an intersection and collided with the side of an ambulance. The family’s lawsuit alleged that the ambulance was driving well over the speed limit and did not exercise the care required of them to avoid collision with the teenage boy. The ambulance was not carrying a patient at the time of the accident, nor was it on an emergency run, therefore requiring the driver to operate the vehicle according to normal traffic laws.
Unfortunately, even when bicycle accidents are not fatal, they can lead to serious or life-changing personal injuries. According to Slate, the average new American car weights 3,221 pounds. When a large piece of machinery collides with an unprotected human body, survivors can suffer from extreme pain and suffering, including damage to vital areas of the body like the head and neck. Injuries can also include broken bones, loss of limbs, nerve damage or paralysis.
As our readers know, our lawyers represent Illinois victims in all types of accident matters, including bicycle accident lawsuits. It is unfortunately not uncommon for cyclists to be injured or killed as the result of driver negligence and reckless conduct, especially in larger cities such as Chicago where may people rely on bicycle transportation to get to work, run errands or for exercise. When these accidents occur, families may lose loved ones or survivors can be left with permanent disabilities, leaving them unable to work. In these instances, victims and their families may be able to hold wrongdoers liable through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in order to obtain compensation for various costs that would not have accrued but for the accident, such as medical bills, lost wages, funeral costs, and the costs of pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has suffered from a bicycle accident, we may be able to help you. Call us for a free consultation, and one of our experienced lawyers would be happy to discuss your potential case with you.