A 20-year-old woman was struck by a semi-truck carrying construction supplies as she rode her bicycle in a Chicago neighborhood. She was transported to an area hospital, where she later died.
Witnesses told police they saw the woman riding within the bike lane when the truck moved to the right and hit her, dragging her body nearly 100 feet before coming to a stop. The driver of the semi remained at the scene. He was issued citations for driving in the bike lane and failure to take due care for a bicycle in the road.
Business owners said the area is the busiest bicycle corridor in the city. One side of the street has a concrete divider with reflector sticks that separate the bike lane from traffic. There is no divider on the other side of the street, which is where the fatal accident occurred. Making it even more dangerous, is recent construction in the area that has closed some portions of the bike lane, forcing cyclists to veer into the middle of the street.
While the accident is under investigation, the Chicago Department of Transportation (DOT) says it will also conduct a review to see if safety improvements, if any, can be made. In the meantime, family members of the deceased may wish to consult an experienced attorney. If a lawsuit is pursued, the family can include lifetime loss of earnings, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.
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