On behalf of Frederick & Hagle posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, April 19, 2012.of
An Illinois auto accident can occur when you least expect it and can happen without you being able to do much about it. Recently, in Douglas County, a 33-year-old woman enjoying an afternoon of riding her bicycle was struck by a pickup truck. The bicyclist died at the scene of the accident as a result of injuries sustained from the car crash.
The state police report says that the bicyclist was riding in a paved designated area for buggies. She was traveling on Illinois 133 near Douglas County Road 200 E, which is located approximately one and a half miles east of Arthur. Around 4:45 p.m., the bicyclist was said to be preparing to cross and make a left turn, when she supposedly turned directly into the path of a pickup truck driven by a 19-year-old woman. The truck driver was reportedly unable to bring her Dodge truck to a stop and struck the cyclist.
There were reportedly no injuries sustained by the pickup driver or her passenger. Understandably, the family of the bicyclist has suffered an unimaginable loss. They will likely be interested in the official report of the collision from the car crash. As with many fatal auto accidents, a careful review of all the relevant evidence may help gauge what rights may exist under Illinois law to pursue a wrongful death claim against any party whose negligence caused or contributed to the tragic death. Such a review may offer them some closure as they decide whether or not the wish to pursue legal action.
Source: News-Gazette, “Bicyclist dies in crash with pickup truck in rural Douglas County,” April 2, 2012