Bicycle Accidents – Impaired Drivers

Lake County Bicycle Accidents

On the “Regarding A Bicycle Accident” page, various aspects of Chicago-area bicycle accidents are concerned, including statistics with regard to the injuries suffered during these accidents.

One of the areas discussed is reasons for bicycle accidents.  Broadly speaking, crashes involving those riding bikes can happen for three general reasons:

  • Accidents which are the fault of the bicyclist
  • Accidents which are the fault of another road user, such as a motorist or truck driver
  • Accidents caused by various types of road hazards, including such things as potholes, ruts in the roadway, and cracks in the pavement

As seen in various posts on this site that highlight bicycle accidents and examples of bike accident lawsuits, there are many possible reasons for bicycle crashes.

One of the greatest potential hazards facing bicyclists is the behavior of motorists who may be impaired by either alcohol and/or drugs.  These impaired drivers’ actions are often difficult to predict, and can happen in a very sudden manner.

It is difficult to know how many Lake County bicycle accidents are caused by impaired drivers, in large part because impaired motorists who cause bicycle accidents often flee the accident scene, i.e. are “hit & run” drivers.

A recent fatal bicycle accident in Riverside serves as an example of a bicycle accident involving a motorist impaired by alcohol.

The accident is featured both in the September 17, 2015 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Riverside Woman Charged With DUI After Striking Child With Car:  Police” as well as the September 17 CBS Chicago article titled “Woman Charged With Drunk Driving After Hitting Boy Riding Bike.”

According to the Riverside Police Department, the accident happened on Monday afternoon (September 14, 2015) as an 8-year-old boy was riding his bicycle in front of his house.  The accident happened at approximately 5:00 p.m. in the 300 block of Eastgrove.

At that time, a woman struck the boy with her car.  First responders found the boy unconscious and bleeding heavily.  The boy was taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was put into a medically induced coma to reduce swelling on his brain.

With regard to the driver, the NBC Chicago article states the following:

The Riverside officers conducted field sobriety testing at the scene, all of which the woman failed, police said. The woman was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for a blood and urine draw, which police said is required by state law for accidents that cause great bodily harm involving alcohol and drugs.

After being released from the hospital, the woman — identified as Cynthia Grosse — was placed into custody for DUI, police said.

Riverside Police say that their investigation revealed that Grosse had been drinking during the day, as well as while she was driving.

As stated in the article:

Grosse, 66, has been charged with aggravated felony DUI involving great bodily harm (a class 4 felony), failure to reduce speed to avoid accident, transportation of open alcohol and a second count of DUI for the pending blood draw, police said.

Should You Be Injured In An Illinois Bicycle Accident

Bicyclists who are injured because of the negligence of others can seek monetary damages for their accident injuries and other harm that has occurred because of these injuries.  However, in order to do so successfully, there are various steps that have to be taken, including filing a lawsuit within the statute of limitations.  A qualified Illinois personal injury lawyer can help an injured bicyclist maximize their potential for getting such injury compensation.

Should you be injured an Illinois bicycle accident, there are various recommended steps you should take in order to safeguard both your health as well as your legal rights.  Regardless of whether you think you are injured, it is important that you get a thorough medical check after a bicycle accident, even if you think you are not injured. The reasons for this are further discussed on the “Important Reasons For Getting A Medical Exam After An Accident” page.

From a legal perspective, it is likely to be highly beneficial to talk with an Illinois personal injury lawyer (very) soon after an accident.   There are various steps you should take to protect your legal rights – and in doing so help you to maximize the potential compensation for the accident injuries and any other harm that may have resulted.

Should you be injured in an accident, call Tony Elman, Lead Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident, the injuries, and the associated legal issues.  This consultation is free.  As well, there is no further obligation.  All conversations are confidential.

Elman Joseph Law Group handles Illinois personal injury cases on a contingency basis — clients are not charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.

Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for 20+ years.  During this time we have established a reputation as accomplished court trial attorneys.  These trial attorney capabilities may well prove valuable if an attractive settlement is not offered.

Additional bicycle safety commentary on this site includes:

Regarding A Bicycle Accident

Bicycle Accidents And Helmet use

The Start Of Lake County Bicycling Season