Palatine, IL (November 24, 2020) – A 70-year-old male cyclist was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in the Palatine area on Sunday, November 22.
The crash reportedly occurred in the 400 block of W. Palatine Road at around 3 p.m. that afternoon. The cyclist was reportedly traveling on the shoulder of the roadway at the time of the accident. For unknown reasons, the driver of a vehicle reportedly entered the shoulder, striking the rider.
The white sport-utility vehicle failed to remain at the scene and was last seen traveling east on Palatine Road near Hickory Street. The cyclist was hospitalized for the treatment of a serious head injury. No further information is currently available.
An ongoing investigation into the accident is being managed by local law enforcement officials.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Bicycle Accidents in Illinois
Bicycle riders are at greater risk of suffering from life-threatening injuries in the event of a crash. In 2015, there were 45,000 reported bicycle accidents across the United States, a decrease from 50,000 the previous year. However, while the overall rate of bicycle accidents declined, bicycle fatalities increased by more than 12% during that same period. There were 720 people killed in bicycle accidents nationwide in 2014, with 27 bicycle fatalities happening in Illinois.
Pedestrians and cyclists have to share the roadways with other motor vehicles. It is the duty of all drivers to safely share the roads with pedestrians and yield the right of way when necessary. Sadly, too many drivers fail to pay attention to areas like crosswalks, and far too often, serious Illinois bicycle accidents are the result. In many cases, drivers ignore or refuse to respect when pedestrians have the right of way, and the resulting injuries in the event of an accident can be catastrophic.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, our Illinois bicycle accident attorneys have more than a century of combined experience fighting for the rights of crash victims in Illinois, and that means we know how to recover the compensation our clients deserve. We have successfully represented clients seriously injured as a result of negligent or reckless motorists, and we will fight diligently to make sure that the driver responsible is held liable for your damages. Contact our offices today at 312-386-7683 to see what we can do for your case by consulting with a qualified Illinois personal injury lawyer.
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