An Illinois man is facing multiple charges involving driving while under the influence and reckless homicide after striking and killing a bicyclist. The victim was reportedly heading home from work when the motor vehicle accident occurred. The bicyclist was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The driver was arrested at the scene after failing a field sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.127. The driver had also been traveling 20 mph over the area's speed limit.
The city of Chicago currently offers 31 miles of barrier-protected bike lanes that make traveling the city by bike safer. The scene of the drunk driving accident was unfortunately not one of these buffered bike lanes.
This accident comes on the heels of the announcement of new city-wide plans to encourage people to travel by bike. A new bike sharing program has been proposed, where the city will provide 4,000 bikes that will be available at kiosks for pedestrians to use.
Motor vehicle accidents may result in a serious injury or even death to the victim. The accident may result in steep medical bills, lost wages, battles with insurance companies and property damage. An experienced Illinois attorney help victims and their family navigate the complex legal crossroads in order to receive the compensation that they deserve. The attorney will handle all details in the case, and will help to maximize the benefits that their clients receive through the insurance companies.
In these cases, many legal teams work for the benefit of the client and do not receive payment unless their client receives compensation. This allows injured individuals or family members of wrongful death victims the peace of mind that they will receive legal help.
Source: NBC Chicago, "Driver Charged with DUI in Death of Cyclist Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Driver-Charged-with-DUI-in-Death-of-Cyclist-209788701.html#ixzz2VvrgCq1O", Alexandria Fisher, June 01, 2013