Valuation of Wrongful Death Bicycle Accident Cases in Illinois
Coping with the consequences of a bike accident can be tiring physically and mentally. Of course, sometimes there are fatalities in bike incidents as well. Here, we have compiled some wrongful death bicycle accident verdicts and settlements from various Illinois jurisdictions.
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SZYNALIK VS. CTA; COOK COUNTY; $5,500,000 SETTLEMENT
In this tragic incident, a woman was attempting to remove her bike from a rack attached to a Chicago Transit Authority bus when the same bus began to drive away and ran over her. She died from injuries related to this accident that very day. She left behind two sons. Her next of kin filed a lawsuit against the CTA for negligence. The suit alleged the CTA was negligent in inadequately supervising the driver involved, warning passengers about the dangers inherent in removing bikes, designing an unsafe system, and other related items. Before any of these contentions could be proved or any defenses could be raised at trial, both sides agreed to settle for $5,500,000 related to wrongful death and survival actions.
ISHIQURO VS. BROWNING; COOK COUNTY; $6,000,000 JURY AWARD
Here, a little six-year-old boy sadly lost his life. He was riding his bike in the area surrounding his home when a garbage truck ran into his broadside and killed him. The boys family sued the driver and the driver’s employer arguing that the employee should have kept better control of his truck and kept alert to avoid the accident. The defendants responded that the boy shot out of nowhere and into the blind spot of the driver and that nothing could have been done to stop the crash. The jury disagreed and awarded the family $6,000,000.
MARSHALL VS. FUENTES; KANE COUNTY; $875,000 SETTLEMENT
Arlene Marshall was walking her bike along a relatively busy street in St. Charles, Illinois when a truck driver turned right and ran smack into her. She died later that day. Her brother brought wrongful death action. He alleged that the driver was driving too fast, did not maintain proper control of his vehicle, and was responsible for the crash that killed his sister. The defendant driver disagreed. He said Arlene ignored traffic lights that compelled her to stop and that she darted out into traffic thereby making the collision inevitable. Both sides preferred settlement to trial and they arrived at $875,000 as the proper amount.
BATES VS. MERCY REGIONAL; POPE COUNTY; $1,200,000 JURY AWARD
A 13-year-old child was riding his bicycle on a street when an ambulance crossed the yellow line and knocked him over, killing him. His parents claimed that the behavior of the driver was beyond negligence-it was wanton willful-and based this contention on the speed of the defendant as well as the angle at which he collided into their son. The defendant responded that it was immune from liability because he was driving an ambulance and that the child was also contributorily negligent. The judge dismissed the notion of immunity. The jury decided the driver was 60% at fault and the child was 40% at fault and awarded the plaintiff $1,200,000.
GAFF VS. SHERMAN HEALTH; KANE COUNTY; $2,225,000 SETTLEMENT
This bizarre story started out when a small child fell off his bike and seriously injured his head. His parents rushed him to the hospital where he proceeded to vomit profusely. After a normal battery of brain imaging and testing, doctors declared he merely had a concussion and sent him home. However, his condition deteriorated and his parents contacted the same doctors questioning whether he should undergo further evaluation. The doctors refused this option. Eventually, concerned for the health of their child, his parents brought him back to the hospital but he died en route. Seeking justice for the loss of their child, his family brought a wrongful death action against the hospital and medical providers. They countered with affirmative defenses that the child should have been wearing a helmet and that his parents should have kept better care of him. However, one might wonder with what sincerity they raised these defenses because they soon settled with the plaintiffs for $2,225,000.
ALECK VS. LYNCH; WILL COUNTY; $1,250,000 SETTLEMENT
The driver of a SUV struck and killed a 14-year-old boy when he was riding bike on a busy road. The parents sued for wrongful death claiming that the defendant was driving too fast, did not keep a proper lookout, and failed to avoid crashing into the boy. The defendant replied that it was the child who failed to keep a proper lookout and that the minor exited the crosswalk and veered into traffic. Both sides settled out of court for $1,250,000.
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