Early last week, our Chicago truck accident attorneys read a report about a female bicyclist who was struck and killed by a semi-trailer truck in the Fuller Park neighborhood on the South Side. Chicagotribune.com reported that the semi was entering the Norfolk Southern facility in the 300 block of West 47th Street around 1:40pm on Monday when it struck the bicyclist. Authorities said the unidentified woman, believed to be in her 40’s, was dead at the scene. The Cook County medical examiner’s office was then notified.
After striking the bicyclist, the semi truck driver immediately fled the scene of the accident. Though officials were not available for comment, the semi truck driver is not in custody. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Major Accident Investigation Unit is handling the collision and is seeking the driver of this hit-and run-accident.
From the perspective of an Illinois truck accident lawyer, many serious bicycle accidents unfortunately involve inattentive or negligent motorists. Semi trucks or large commercial vehicles are commonly responsible for striking bicyclists due to the truck’s large weight, height, and number of blind spots present, in combination with extreme vulnerability of the bicyclist. Often times, drivers fail to yield to bicyclists, don’t give bicyclists the space they need while riding on roadways, do not follow the rules of the road, or are simply distracted while driving. In the above report, the driver of the semi-truck couldn’t even stop to check the bicyclist after hitting her or report the accident, and instead fled the scene. Bicyclists are considered as motorists and have every right to use the roadway like any other vehicle does; yet, they are commonly disregarded and as a result too commonly become victims in serious accidents and collisions.
It is important that all truck drivers drive attentively and responsibly to ensure the safety of other motorists on Illinois roadways, especially bicyclists. Because of the potential injury and life altering consequences that can come from a truck and bicycle accident, it is encouraged that all victims seek quality legal representation. Our Chicago truck accident lawyers are prepared to inform you of your rights and ultimately offer you the resources you need to seek legal action.
If you have been seriously injured, or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident due to a negligent truck driver, please contact our Illinois accident law firm to learn about what compensation may be available to you.