Police have reported a bicycle death two days after a crash involving an SUV in northwest suburban Hoffman Estates.
On June 14, 2017, at approximately 2:34 p.m., 62-year-old Hoffman Estates resident Michael J. Schoop was riding his bicycle southbound on Gannon Drive, leaving Golf Road, when he collided with an SUV that was exiting an access road.
Emergency responders transported Mr. Schoop to nearby St. Alexius Medical Center, where he was admitted. Mr. Schoop died two days later on the evening of June 16. Following an autopsy, a representative from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office announced that Mr. Schoop died from multiple bodily injuries sustained in the crash. His bicycle death that was ruled accidental.
The unidentified driver of the SUV was not injured, nor did police file any charges or citations. The investigation into the incident is ongoing at this point.
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 or even a bicycle death.
If you or a loved one has been injured, from a bicycle accident or by some other means, please contact Goldberg Weisman Cairo for a free legal consultation to see if you may be eligible for financial compensation for your injuries. Call our office 24/7 at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with one of our representatives today.<< BACK TO BLOG POSTS