A lawsuit against the City of Highland Park, Illinois is resuming after the Illinois Supreme Court determined that a municipality can be held liable for poor conditions on bicycle trails. The cyclist who is pursing the suit was injured in the bicycle accident in August 2013. She was on an early morning ride with her cycling group when another cyclist had fallen after hitting bumps in the pavement. She rode over that cyclist and was thrown from her bicycle. According to her attorney, there were tree roots growing under the sidewalk and were not visible until you were riding over them. The cyclist had several broken ribs, a punctured lunch forearm and head injuries, and a broken wrist. The Illinois Supreme Court reported that immunity from these incidents does not apply to trails that are covered with asphalt, crushed aggregate, concrete or any comparable surfaces.
Today more than ever, Americans use bicycling for transportation to and from work, for relaxation and for fun. Many cities and municipalities offer bike trails to cyclists to provide a safe environment to ride. However, these trails need to be maintained properly to ensure the safety of cyclists. Bicycle accidents are scary and can cause major injuries to the cyclists and also pedestrians. If you or a loved one is injured in a bicycle accident contact a personal injury attorney immediately. An attorney will review your accident and can determine if negligence played a factor in your injuries. Oftentimes injuries sustained in bicycle accidents can cause large medical bills for the victim and may even require time off of work and lost wages while they are recovering.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC have over a century of experience helping those injured in accidents. We realize that receiving proper care for injuries is expensive and help each of our clients reach a fair settlement for their accidents. We offer direct communication with our clients to help alleviate any stress during the legal process. Call our St. Louis office today to schedule a free no-obligation consultation and let us help you or your loved one get on the road to recovery.