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Illinois bicyclist killed by driver using cellphone

Illinois, home to a variety of cities and other communities, is increasingly home to more types of vehicles on the road. This requires increased attention by all drivers, riders and pedestrians to keep those communities safe.

Bicycles and motorcycles are particularly hazardous on the open road, as drivers moving quickly may fail to initially spot the thinner vehicles which maintain a lower profile. Even a minor collision with a bike can cause serious or fatal injuries, because these vehicles provide no protection except what the driver or rider is wearing.

Distracted driving due to cellphone use or other activity - or due to the influence of drugs or alcohol - is therefore especially dangerous to cyclists and bikers on the roads in the Land of Lincoln. These problems must be avoided to protect the increasing number of Illinoisans traveling on two wheels.

A 63-year-old man from Venedy was recently fatally struck on Illinois State Route 15 while he rode his bicycle on the shoulder of the highway. A juvenile girl driving a pickup truck hit the man's bicycle from the rear as she drove in the same direction just before dusk.

Local media reports that the driver was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, improper passing of a bicycle and illegal cellphone usage. She and her family may be liable in civil proceedings for wrongful death or related charges.

Legal representation may help victims of motor vehicle accidents and their families. An attorney can help weigh options after a tragic accident.

Source: Belleville News-Democrat, "Bicyclist killed by teen driving while on her phone, police say," Kara Berg, Sep. 08, 2017

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