Abels & Annes

Chicago bike rider severly injured by opening car door

Chicago bicycle accident lawyers and Illinois car crash attorneys at Abels & Annes have entered into an agreement to represent a Chicago resident who was critically injured in a bike accident on July 20th. The accident happened when our client was riding his bicycle on W. North Avenue when a driver in a parked car opened her car door as the plaintiff was riding by.

The bicyclist fell to the ground and sustained life threatening injuries. He was taken by ambulance to Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago and diagnosed with internal head injuries and a collapsed lung. He has undergone multiple surgeries since the date of the accident.

The plaintiff has remained in the hospital since the crash, and he is about to be transferred to a long care facility.

The bicycle accident was investigated by the Chicago Police Department. The at fault driver was ticketed for swinging her car door into traffic.

This type of accident is not uncommon in the Chicago area. Our office has handled several cases where a bike rider was injured by a motorist who negligently opened a door into traffic without looking. In a congested urban area like Chicago, drivers have to be diligent in checking for approaching bicyclists.