A bicycle accident in West Suburban Riverside has left an 11-year-old boy injured, authorities say.
On the afternoon of May 10, the unidentified child was riding a bicycle through a crosswalk at the intersection of Longcommon Road and Nuttall Road. A motorist, who had been waiting at a stop sign, then moved his vehicle forward and struck the boy, knocking him and his bicycle to the ground.
Riverside Police cited the driver, 77, of North Riverside, for his failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
The boy was treated and released for minor injuries at an area hospital.
The Dangers of Bicycle Accidents
Riding a bicycle can be an enjoyable means of transportation for both children and adults alike, one with proven health and environmental benefits. Bicycling is not without its hazards, however. According to statistics compiled by the Illinois Department of Transportation, on average thousands of people are injured in bicycle accidents in the state each year.
A bicycle accident may be more dangerous than other types of accidents because bicycles leave their riders especially vulnerable. With no metal frame surrounding riders, as in cars and trucks, they are exposed to direct contact with other vehicles, obstacles, and the road itself, increasing their risk of serious injuries in a bicycle accident.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a bicycle accident, the bicycle accident attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers are an excellent choice for legal representation because they have decades of experience bringing justice in cases exactly like this.
GWC prosecutes a wide variety of injury cases throughout Illinois, including those involving bicycle accidents, auto collisions, workers’ compensation, construction injuries, medical malpractice, and product liability. If you or your loved one has been injured, from a bicycle accident or by some other means, please contact our office for a free legal consultation to see if you may be eligible for financial compensation for your injuries.