A boy was hit while riding his bicycle in Highland Park, according to the Highland Park News of May 12, in a story titled “Vehicle hits boy on bicycle in Highland Park”.
Late Thursday afternoon, he was struck while riding on Central Avenue in downtown Highland Park near Second Street.
According to police officials, the boy had been transported to an area hospital. At this time, the severity of his injuries are unknown.
Central Avenue was closed temporarily for traffic in both directions while emergency responders were at the scene.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2009 riders under the age of 15 accounted for 20.0 percent of the pedalcyclist deaths and 21.1 percent of pedalcyclist injuries.
While details regarding the cause of this accident are unknown at this time, increasing traffic congestion in the Chicago metropolitan area as well as other factors pose a continued threat to bicyclists.
Unfortunately, bicycling in the Chicago metropolitan area presents many risks. Streets are generally busy with vehicle traffic, and drivers can sometimes be aggressive. Adding to the hazards of bicycling on roadways is that road conditions are often poor, due to cracks in the pavement and other roadway defects.
One of the common misunderstandings among bicyclists is that they have little or no legal rights on while cycling on roads. This misconception is unfortunate, as many car/bike accidents are the fault of motorists.