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Bicyclist Sues City of Chicago For Endangerment and Injuries From Lakefront Trail Pothole

With summer weather ensuing, many Chicagoans are out and about enjoying the nice weather. During these months, many professionals opt to enjoy the sunshine and cool lakeside breeze by biking to work. However, the ongoing joke about Chicago’s two seasons – winter and construction – poses serious concerns for many Chicago bicyclists, particularly the epidemic of potholes that presents danger to many.

According to an article by the Cook County Record, a Chicago bicyclist is suing the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District to seek compensation for injuries he suffered after his bicycle tire became caught in a lakefront trail pothole. He was riding his bike on the Lakefront Trail near the Shedd Aquarim and South Lakeshore Drive, when his bike got caught on a pothole, and he fell to the ground. In the complaint, he asserts that the city and park district were aware of the dangers of the pothole and its presence on the trail but failed to warn of the danger or fix the pothole. He is seeking over $50,000 in damages in the Cook County Circuit Court.

Potholes can be a nightmare for many cyclists, and are often unavoidable. According to, a professional and Olympian cyclist describes how it is difficult, even for professionals, to avoid potholes. This is especially true when there is traffic or when riding in a large group. Unfortunately, due to harsh winter weather conditions and the chemicals we use to melt ice on our streets, sidewalks and trails, potholes are a common obstacle for Midwestern motorists and cyclists. Although bicyclists must do their part to remain aware of the conditions on the trails and streets on which they ride, it is important for cities and municipalities to maintain safe roadway conditions to protect the safety and wellbeing of all travelers.

When seriously injured on another’s property, plaintiffs may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit to recover compensation for their injuries, medical bills, and suffering. In an instance like the lawsuit above, the plaintiff’s attorneys must prove that the city failed to inspect for dangers on the trail, or was aware of the potholes and failed to warn the public and remedy the danger. However, injuries from premises do not only occur in the public or on city property but can include private property or commercial property as well. In all instances, the landowner can be legally responsible where the plaintiff proves that landowner negligence led to injury. These accidents can include slip and falls (such as in parking lots, grocery stores, lobbies, etc.), dog bites and maulings while out and about in your own neighborhood, exposure to hazardous substances (such as workers who have suffered illness from asbestos or lead), and drownings (such as in public pools).

All landowners must maintain their property so as to not endanger visitors or customers. If you have suffered injury on another’s property due to the negligence of the landowner, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover costs for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and suffering. Our attorneys would be happy to assist and help you with any questions or concerns you have regarding a potential lawsuit. Call our law firm for a free consultation, and we can discuss your potential case with you.

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